EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s the home of Michigan State University, the city of festivals and now it’s to no surprise that East Lansing ranks #8 as one of the top places to live.
“It has a very small town charm about it but it has all of the big city amenities,” President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Tomie Raines Debbie Barnett said.
Home of approximately 50,000 people, East Lansing does not disappoint.
“A lot of festivals, there’s a lot to do, we have a lot of people who ask for neighborhoods specifically so they can walk downtown,” Barnett mentioned.
But it’s not just downtown that sparks interest.
“We have people on waiting lists to get into certain neighborhoods right now, the market is so strong,” said Barnett.
Neighborhoods like Glencairn and Whitehills are popular choices.
“It’s just, it’s just a great neighborhood…there’s just a real sense of community…people are always outside,” Whitehills resident Megan Doyle-Busque stated.
“It comes back to that walkability, the affordability, charm,” Barnett said.
According to Barnett, homes in these suburbs basically sell themselves.
“Multiple offers on homes, if the home is priced accurately to start with it will not stay on the market.”
She also mentioned that homes in these neighborhoods are pretty affordable.
“The pricing in East Lansing is up just under 40% for this first quarter versus the previous first quarter.”
Another perk that gives homeowners a little pep in their step is Glencairn and Whitehills are right around the corner from schools.
“This would be my top choice for sure,” Doyle-Busque mentioned.
“We’re not surprised at all that East Lansing is ranked so high as a place to live,” Barnett stated.
The average home for sale in East Lansing is on the market for 49 days and of the top ten markets in Michigan, East Lansing is among the best when it comes to affordability.