Welcome to the Allendale area. Whether you're here to grow a family, start a business, attend school or just visit, there is so much to enjoy.
Click on the cover image below to browse the digital 2018-2019 Allendale Area Community Profile and Membership Directory. You can request a hard copy of the publication here and we'd be delighted to send you more information about our wonderful community.
Allendale is conveniently located between the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and the bustling city of Grand Rapids. Allendale is one of the fastest growing townships in the region but continues to maintain its family-friendly, rural character that the community knows and loves.
Allendale is centrally located in Ottawa County which means easy access to main highways and quick commutes to anywhere in the region.
Quality education is a big deal in Allendale and can be found in both public and private settings. Allendale Public Schools rank among the high performing schools in the State of Michigan. Allendale schools have received an 8 out of 10 rating for academic excellence by GreatSchools.org, a national non-profit. A unique feature of our school systems is the ability to partner with schools and business throughout the Ottawa area to offer an innovative approach to learning.
Grand Valley State University is the fastest growing university in the United States, both in population and physical size, as the university is continually building more facilities. The university is also ranked as one of the top up and coming schools in the Midwest. The university enrolls a total of just under 25,000 students on the Allendale campus and two campuses in the surrounding area, and offers over 200 areas of study, making it the largest university in the Grand Rapids region.
Allies in Health and Healing
When health and life are in jeopardy, it’s comforting to know quality medical care is just minutes away. Allendale healthcare providers extend compassionate car ranging from primary services to dental and vision, rehabilitation and other vital services.
The Allendale medical network includes Metro Health Allendale, which offers family practice, sports medicine and obstetric/gynecology services. Patients benefit from the clinic’s groundbreaking My Chart tool. The free, online service allows individuals to partner with their Metro Health doctor from anywhere in the world via computer and iPhone. The technology helps monitor chronic conditions, secures prescription renewals, allows patients to schedule appointments to receive health alerts and screening reminders.
Spectrum Health Campustowne Family Medicine in Allendale offers primary care to more than 5,000 patients annually. Its patient-centered practices result in office wait times of 10 minutes, half the national average.
“Generations of families come in,” said Office Manager Karen Brandsen. “We get to know patients personally in a family atmosphere.”
The Allendale facility is part of Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit West Michigan – based health system ranked among the best in the nation. Campustowne patients requiring specialized care have access to Spectrum specialties that include cancer, neuroscience, transplant, pediatrics, heart and vascular and others.
From birth through the golden years, Allendale’s comprehensive health systems deliver essential care close to home.
Farmers Think Big
Innovation drives new directions in agriculture
Allendale’s fertile soil and deeply rooted rural traditions from the basis of a flourishing agricultural sector – one that simultaneously embraces fresh ideas, sustainability and business progress. The local agriculture industry contributes to Ottawa County’s ranking as the second largest agriculture producing county in Michigan. Countywide, greenhouse products, nurseries, crops, livestock, poultry and other agricultural products account for $391 million in farm receipts each year.
One of the state’s largest turkey producers, Sietsma Farm’s with its three Allendale sites, raises 450,000 turkeys annually. For 30 years, the family owned-and-operated business has focused on sustainable farm practices and is recognized for implementing the world’s first biomass turbine powered by manure.
Another enduring family business, Countryside Greenhouse, Inc., opened its doors to a new $7 million location in 2013. Countryside is Michigan’s largest retail greenhouse, verified by the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program for leadership in environmental responsibility.
“All business has to make a profit, but we want to enjoy what we do, be good to our customers and the environment,” said Owner Dale Buist.
With its focus on moving forward, an initiative to develop a county ag-tech business incubator is underway. It would foster entrepreneurship in farm-related software, machinery, food safety, processing, refrigeration and other areas. Once launched, the incubator would aid the farm community in transforming ideas into viable products. The long-term goal is to establish a permanent incubator facility in the Allendale area.
Living in the heart of a diverse agricultural region, local consumers enjoy farm to table opportunities. Throughout the growing season, the farmers market at Grand Valley State University provides products fresh from area fields, orchards, ranches and nurseries.
While innovations promise new directions for Allendale’s agriculture industries, its farming heritage continues to cultivate an environment where the values of hard work and tenacity result in healthy living and successful enterprise.
Homes, Havens, and Wide-open Spaces
Affordable housing appeals to smart home buyers
A home matching personal lifestyle adds joy and ease into daily living. From Allendale’s wide-open spaces for country living to compact apartments within biking distances of the Grand Valley State University campus, the housing market provides diverse and affordable living solutions.
In Allendale, there’s a haven for every budget. The majority of community housing dates back to the 1960s through the 1980s and celebrates all-American home designs. More recently, the west side of town has seen a surge of new, custom-built homes, as young families begin to build in new neighborhoods. Seasonal residents and empty-nesters looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle find Allendale’s condominium communities appealing.
Placid Waters, and innovative water sports-inspired housing development west of town, is attracting those who want to escape boat traffic in other area lakes. Building sites on three small lakes – specifically designed for water skiing and wakeboarding – are available.
Combines with low tax rates, the market creates a strong appeal for smart home buyers. Those desiring resort amenities, acreage, and luxury living also find options to complement their lifestyles, while historic farmhouses satisfy the desire for simple living. From Allendale’s upscale estates to comfortable single-family homes to student housing, residents equally enjoy the benefit of a quick commute to the lakeshore, Grand Rapids, and all of West Michigan.