Neighborhood Spotlight: Alger Heights

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Alger Heights, a prime neighborhood location with all the close-knit community feels…

Alger Heights is situated in an ideal spot for Grand Rapid’s living and is considered an “up and coming” neighborhood. Though it is not a large area, the neighborhood is home to a variety of local businesses, historic homes, a walkable community, excellent schools, and a number of special events; including the Halloween 5k Run and neighborhood get-togethers like movie nights. Alger Heights is abundant in parks, has a tight-knit neighborhood and business association, and is quoted to be a great family community by current and former residents.


Alger Heights area is comprised of the areas between 28th Street, Eastern Ave, Burton St, and Kalamazoo Ave in Grand Rapids [see below for map]. With only a 11 minute drive from Downtown GR by car and 3o minutes if you take the bus, the location can’t be beat. Alger Heights is also right by 28th Street, an avenue that is prime for shopping, dining and entertainment. It has affordable housing and living but still has the benefit of being near downtown Grand Rapids. It is situated near a creek and surrounded by parks and trails, making it an environmentally conscious community that both appreciates and enjoys nature.

Living in Alger Heights

Alger Heights is a friendly community made up of people from many different racial and economic backgrounds and is home to a number of businesses that support those diversities. A number of young families in particular have settled in Alger Heights, given it’s affordability, friendly environment, and accessibility to great services such as schools, markets, and entertainment.

“Between the proximity of shops, markets, eateries, and greenspace, the neighborhood’s many affordable and attractive homes make this area a great option for new homebuyers and those looking to move to an up and coming area”, says Kevin McCarty, Realtor® with Greenridge East Grand Rapids. 


From tasty Bloody Mary’s to the “bold, bright, real, moody and high quality” cooking, The Old Goat is a true gem of an eatery in the heart of the Alger Heights community. With a modern artistic architecture and vibe, it has not only a great atmosphere for dining indoor and outdoor, but also great food to enjoy [see image below]. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 


Image credit: The Old Goat                    

Alger Heights is also home to a Grand Rapid’s favorite for chicken: Great White Fish Chicken. You can find a variety of fish and chicken, as the name suggests. The take-out menu has everything from hush puppies and perch to pollock and pound cake…and don’t forget about the chicken gizzards!

Looking for a delicious breakfast option start your day? Check out Real Food Cafe, a great breakfast and brunch eatery. When great food and great service come together, it is simply too good to resist. From eggs Benedict, waffles and omelets to sandwiches and burgers, they have it all. See the full menu on Facebook.

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The food options don’t end with The Old Goat and Real Food,  JB Pizza Parlor is a must for pizza lovers or those that just want to phone in an order. With a delicious menu, including pizza, subs and salads, JB’s is a quick dining option.  If your morning is not complete without a cup of Joe then check out Icons Coffee [see image below]. This coffee shop located  right next to JB’s Pizza is great place for speciality coffees, bubble teas, and other beverages.

Image credit: Icons Coffee. You can see that it’s located right next to the pizza parlor!



Grocery stores are within walking distance of many of the homes, and are known for offering a number of fresh American and imported foods, including Russian, Romanian, Middle Eastern, and Spanish. Among them are Harvest Health Foods, the Middle Eastern Market, and Ken’s Fruit Market [see image below]. For liquor, check out a number of local businesses such as Alger’s Quick Stop or the Ryan & Hart Party Store, who is known for their extensive beer and liquor selections. 

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From banking to biking and even pet grooming, Alger Heights has you covered. All your financial needs can be taken care of at Fifth Third or Chase right down the road. Since everything is so close and green space is previlant, Alger Heights is perfect for biking to the bank or just for fun and with Alger Bikes in the area, you can buy a bike from their impressive selection of bikes; they also have accessories, clothing, and exercise equipment to choose from.

If biking isn’t your thing but you still love to workout, there are plenty of local places to get your sweat on like: Hurricane Fitness LLC, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, or just outside the neighborhood, CrossFit Grand Rapids. If yoga is more your thing then join Niki on Saturday’s for yoga at Garfield Park Gym at 9am. It’s suggested to bring a $5 donation that will go towards opening a studio in Alger Heights, helping filling the void of yoga practices in the neighborhood.

From downward dog to actual dogs, Alger Heights neighborhood is also great for pets and even offers pet services in the area. At Post Pets, a neighborhood pet grooming business,  your fur baby can have a spa day. Not only can Fido get a trim but so can you…Alger Heights even has a Barber and Styling Shop with great service and great prices.

Green Space

Alger Heights is also home to a number of parks, including Cheseboro Park, MacKay-Jaycee Park, Paris Park, and Seymour Park. The Plaster Creek, which runs through the whole neighborhood and eventually empties into the Grand River, has the Plaster Creek Trail that is great for a tree-lined and shade-covered hike or bike ride. [Read more about Parks and Recreation in the area here]. 

Shopping and Entertainment

The Last Chance Saloon is a local favorite for drinks, pool, and darts. Boutiques like Reinspired Treasures, a vintage shop that is fairly new to the neighborhood and is already a favorite, the Italian Connection Men’s Wear and House of Style offer clothing and fashions. And 28th Street shops and movie theaters, such as, Cinemark 14 Woodland Mall and Studio 28 are only a short drive away.



Education in the neighborhood is offered in a variety of schools. New Branches Charter School is one option, which is home to Grand Rapid’s first school rain garden, that collects the storm water runoff at the school and sends it into the Plaster Creek to filter out many pollutants. Other schools include Buchanan Elementary, Ottawa Hills High School, St. Francis Xavier, and Headstart at St. Francis Xavier.


Both the nearby Garfield Park neighborhood and Alger Heights have diverse spiritual environments that include Christian churches such as Iglesia Methodista Unita, Korean Grace Christian Reformed Church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Redeemer Lutheran Church, as well as the Islamic Center and Mosque, and the Eckankar Center of West Michigan.


Metro Health has found a home in the neighborhood, offering the best of the best healthcare services. Other health care is offered through places like Cherry Street Health Services and also local counseling offices, such as Grand Rapids Counseling Services and Christ Life Counseling. Looking for a great massage or spa service? Check out Touch of Paradise, R3 Station, or Product Under One Roof.



Events happen throughout the year in Alger Heights, one of the most well-known being the Alger Heights Halloween 5K. “The AH5K team shares all after-cost race proceeds with community charity partners. In the past, we have donated proceeds to our umbrella organization, the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association; the Salvation Army Kroc Center; FitKids360; and Kids’ Food Basket. Over the past four years, this amounts to over $13,500 donated.” Read more about the event and their contributions on their website. Other events include community get togethers held at local businesses and spaces. Check out the AHNA’s Facebook for events going on.


Neighborhood Association

The Alger Heights Neighborhood Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Alger Heights community, bringing its residents updates and events throughout the year. Events they sponsor include  the Alger Heights Halloween 5K, the neighborhood garage sale, happening on the 3rd weekend of May, the Family Movie Night to celebrate National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August, and the Neighborhood clean-up day, usually held in June or July. They also help sponsor the Alger Heights Community Garden, the quarterly newsletter (see past ones here), monthly AHNA meetings (2nd Tuesday of each month), and many others. Check out their website for more information.


More to Come

The neighborhood is growing fast. A major talk of Grand Rapids has been the new microbrewery, Brass Ring Brewing Company, planned to open this fall in Alger Heights. Setting it apart is the “brewery’s focus on natural ingredients and small batches”, said owner Chris Gibbons. “The vision for us is to have a community-forward approach to the brewery, and to make enough beer to satisfy the demands of the tasting room.” The new brewery will have indoor, as well as outdoor seating areas.  

Looking to move to Alger Heights? There’s a number of  houses available with a median value cost in the neighborhood being $124K. Need help and guidance on choosing a home? Contact Greenridge Reality for reliable Real Estate services

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