With the highest and lowest ground in Grand Rapids, the Belknap-Monroe North district boasts both picturesque views of the city and easy access to the Grand River. It also features a unique mix of homes, entertainment options, and businesses situated immediately north of the central city.
The district is made up of two distinct zones. Atop the steep bluffs of Belknap Hill is a residential neighborhood featuring modest yet historic homes, three public parks, and remarkable Coit School, built in 1880 and fully restored in 2003. The booming life sciences corridor, a multi-billion dollar medical research hub rising along Michigan Avenue, also borders the neighborhood to the south.
Situated at the base of Belknap Hill, on the banks of the Grand River, is the Monroe North business district. Once the heart of Grand Rapids' worldclass furniture industry, historic factories such as the monstrous Berkey and Gay building and the Brassworks building have found new life as high-end loft space, modern offices, and popular night spots.
A steep flight of concrete stairs at Fairview Avenue connects the hilltop with the lowlands, making Belknap-Monroe North one of the rare urban places able to package quiet walks along the river, good eats, sunsets, and a thriving nightlife all within minutes of the home or office.