The Capital. Mid-Michigan. Spartan Territory. The Lansing area has many names.
To outsiders, the small metropolitan area doesn’t seem to offer much in terms of uniqueness and variety. After living and working as a real estate agent in Lansing, I can honestly say that Lansing is one of the most diverse cities.
From the restaurants and nightlife of East Lansing to the tight-knit community of Delta Township, the Greater Lansing area has something to offer for everyone.
Here are 5 awesome areas to live, each with their own unique experience and lifestyle, in Greater Lansing.
Located in the west-central part of Lansing, Downtown has plenty to do and see. As the central business district, the area is home to the capitol building, Lansing Community College and some of the oldest businesses in the city.
Thanks to the many regeneration and revitalization projects that are going on, the area has become a hot place to live. Downtown Lansing offers a place to work, live, and play. One such place that allows all of that under one roof is Knapp’s, an old department store that was redeveloped to include a restaurant, apartment units, and office space.
In the heart of Downtown Lansing is the Stadium District. From a Lugnuts baseball game to the breweries and restaurants that line Michigan Ave, this area is all about entertainment. You’ll find a mix of residential units with storefronts. The area is home to the Lansing Brewing Company and Michigan Brewing Company.
A separate and individual pocket of Lansing, this tight-knit community offers a long list of restaurants, shopping, and some great parks. Located 6 miles west of Downtown Lansing, the area offers a slower pace than Downtown, but with plenty to do. Visit the many parks, Kayak down the Grand River, or spend the day at Horrock’s Farm Market sipping free wine or coffee.
Located south of Downtown Lansing, REO Town has seen significant growth and is starting to come alive again. The area gets its name from Ransom Eli Olds, an automobile pioneer, for whom both the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named.
In REO Town, you’ll find a mix of commercial and industrial property with single-family and multi-family homes. There isn’t a lot of shopping or entertainment in the area, but it is home to REO Town Pub and the AA Creative Corridor, which is a well-sought venue for events and art galleries.
An artist’s paradise, Old Town is considered the creative capital of Lansing. The area is home to galleries, like Absolute Gallery, and some of the best festivals in the Greater Lansing area. The community has been working hard to revitalize the community. My personal favorite is Cravings, a gourmet popcorn and soda market.
I’ve only been able to scratch the surface of all that Lansing has to offer. I like to tell people that it has all of the great amenities of a big city, but none of the headaches. Lansing is more than a place to live. It’s a place to grow, thrive, and experience life.
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