Ada/Cascade and Forest Hills Schools
The area has two main business sections. Quaint and historical Ada village offers a unique shopping, dining, and dessert experience. Some of the local stomping grounds include the Schnitz Ada grill, Grand Gallery Fine Art, Betsy’s Pottery and Fine Crafts, Spoonlickers frozen yogurt shop and the new Gravel Bottom Brewery.
The Cascade Business area is centered around Cascade Road and a few miles of the busy 28th Street. Here’s you’ll find grocery stores, big box stores, national chains, auto dealers and several local businesses and restaurants.
Forest Hills Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation in Ada/Cascade
One of the great features of Ada and Cascade are the parks and natural beauty of the area. Ada features the historic covered bridge which crosses over the Thornapple River, which is a trademark of the area. The river is wide and miles long has a dam makes a large lake area where residents can enjoy water sports.
Ada Township park is also a resident favorite. Featuring playgrounds, walking paths and softball fields this park is seldom quiet. The Ada/Cascade area also has miles and miles of trails for running and biking. It’s a little hilly so make sure you’re prepared!
Forest Hills Public Schools
One of the most notable features of this area is the great Forest Hills school district. The Forest Hills Public Schools are made up of 8 elementary schools (including specialty schools such as Spanish and Chinese immersion), 3 intermediate schools, 3 middle schools and 3 high schools – Central, Northern and Eastern.
The school district is geographically very large, covering most of Ada, Cascade and Grand Rapids townships, but they have kept their schools smaller by creating new schools. Most recently, in August 2004 they opened Forest Hills Eastern. This helps keep opportunities open for a greater number of students.
U.S. News and World Report has rated Central High School as #13 in the entire state of Michigan.
Homes in Ada/Cascade - Video
The homes in Ada and Cascade are incredible. The average sales price is almost two and a half times the average in the greater Grand Rapids area. If we compare this to nearby East Grand Rapids which is similar in demographics and price point, the main difference is the amount of land. While East Grand Rapids is attractive to many because of it’s location near Grand Rapids and the character of homes built in the early 1900s, Forest Hills has a significantly larger area that makes it up (almost three townships) so this is a better fit for someone looking for large lots and newer construction.
There are many new home developments being built here all the time. Even in the recent housing down turn, the Ada Cascade area was the place to come for those that were seeking a home that is new construction, and it continues to be now as the market takes off again.