About five (5) years ago I started seeing more and more buyers who are leaving their home state, usually Illinois, in favor of the lakes, dunes, and golf courses of Southwest Michigan. As retirement approaches, they are no longer looking for vacation homes, but a home that will be suitable as a primary residence. A place where their children and grandchildren can gather for summer vacations and to celebrate winter holidays.
Southwest Michigan offers a lot more than sunny beaches and water-sports. Within 1 to 2 hours of Chicago, you will find 2 large casinos, each with a regular schedule (Blue Chip
, Four Winds
) of nationally renown singers, musicians, bands, and comics. Its an understatement to say we have good selection of really great restaurants
, large and small. The same can be said with theaters
, shopping, golf courses
, colleges and universities
, sports teams
Originally from Chicago, the youngest son of Lithuanian immigrants who raised my brother, sister, and me on Chicago's south-side, I've lived in Southwest Michigan, married a local girl (Regenia) who many of you know as "Rocky" in 1986, and raised my family here, in New Buffalo
, for the past 30+ years. Most of my family is still in Illinois, but I never regretted the move. For me, the the resort town lifestyle fit like a glove. I never looked back. And since we're only an hour apart, visiting in either direction is an easy trip, even if its only for a day. For those who are still on the fence about trading in their vacation cottage for a larger, more permanent home, let's talk.
I will be happy to refer you to many former Chicagoans who've taken that leap, and none have regretted it. They absolutely love living in Michigan and all that it offers in outdoor activity, year round entertainment, theaters, dining, medical facilities
... I could go on and on. If you've been thinking about it, let me buy you dinner at any of great restaurants while you tell me about your vision of the next chapter in your life. If you've already made up your mind, let me give you an unbiased, no sales BS look at some of the best homes and locations available today.Paul Zubrys, Broker / REALTOR