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South Hill: A Blend of History, Community, and Modern Charm

Situated just south of the Heritage Hill neighborhood, South Hill stands as a testament to community-driven transformation. Established as a distinct neighborhood of Grand Rapids in 2000, it’s now home to over 1,000 residents. The neighborhood once included the childhood home of Gerald R. Ford at 649 Union Avenue, but this historic residence is now part of Heritage Hill.

Adjacent to South Hill, the First Christian Reformed Church, one of Grand Rapids’ oldest churches, stands tall. Founded in 1857, this church was instrumental in the establishment of Calvin College.

Pleasant Park, nearly 2.5 acres in size, offers residents a playground and a small sledding hill, making it a favorite spot since its inception in 2014.

The Paul I. Phillips Recreation Center, also known as the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids, is a cornerstone of the community. Here, children are nurtured through educational and recreational programs, fostering both personal growth and community spirit.

Nearby Attractions

Coffee enthusiasts can find solace at Rowster Coffee, a nearby haven perfect for individuals, groups, or families. For a unique blend of coffee and companionship, the Happy Cat Cafe is a must-visit. Alongside their specialty drinks, the cafe offers a chance to bond with resident felines, all awaiting adoption.

When hunger strikes, The Winchester offers a culinary experience with its unique dishes. Not far away, the Electric Cheetah promises a meal crafted from organic and locally-sourced ingredients.

The Madison Square Branch Library, a short distance from South Hill, hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year, catering to all ages.

A short distance from South Hill, the St. Andrew’s Cemetery stands as a testament to Grand Rapids’ rich history. Purchased in 1852, this 10-acre cemetery is the final resting place of Louis Campau and his wife, pivotal figures in the establishment of Grand Rapids.

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