6.9 out of 10

West Main Hill

42.2899248648183 -85.6036099805823
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 5/5

"Academic enclave"

Great neighborhood with slightly hilly, windy streets and old homes dating back to ca. 1910s & 20s (officially designated historic district). Bordered by Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, a substantial number of residents are faculty or staff of these institutions. There are several annual neighborhood events, including a really nice, low-key Easter Egg Hunt and the summer potluck picnic to which the the USTA boys' tennis tournament participants & families are invited. Mix of families and retired folks--not really any students. There are quite a few kids, several of whom gather at the small parks for a quick game of ultimate frisbee or to shoot some goals. There's a "hidden" Tot Lot park with a little playground equipment and basketball hoop. The northern boundary, West Main Street has some commercial activity and is busy (direct route to downtown--5 minutes by bicycle). I can walk to the best Indian restaurant, a charming Middle Eastern restaurant, a popular breakfast diner, carry-out pizza, and a terrific wine/cheese/specialty foods shop. Unfortunately, there are a few less wholesome businesses also located at the top of W. Main Hill. Pest free?--No roaches, but gardeners will have to fend off moles, squirrels, and the occasional raccoon or groundhog.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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