WeatherStone Village Community is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the heart of the Great Lakes Region, midway between the big cities of Chicago and Detroit. We are conveniently located off Sprinkle Road, just north of G Avenue East – the Community entrance can be found across from the Haven Church. We are only 5 miles from downtown Kalamazoo, and perfectly situated between Chicago and Detroit, both of which are just a short two hour drive away.
About the Kalamazoo, Michigan Area
Kalamazoo is known for its beautiful, vibrant, “art deco” downtown that offers the best arts and entertainment in all of Southwest Michigan. The downtown area is home to world class museums and theatres, where nature, history, education and “top-notch” art can be seen. Downtown Kalamazoo is host to a variety of ethnic festivals with unique culinary flavors and entertainment. For the outdoor enthusiasts, the City of Kalamazoo has plenty of outdoor recreational activities for those who would like to participate. And for those who would rather watch, Kalamazoo has a full schedule of amateur, collegiate and professional athletics.
- Kalamazoo Air Zoo was voted the “Best Place to Spend a Day with Your Family.” It is an aviation exhibit that details the history of aviation from the Wright Brothers to Neil Armstrong.
- Gilmore Car Museum, started in 1963 by Donald Gilmore, is a collection of restored automobiles, hood ornaments and historic barns.
- The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is located at 220 North Rose St. It is a “hands-on” museum with a wide variety of historical and technological exhibits.
- Miller Auditorium is located on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and is the premier performing arts venue in west Michigan.
- Downtown Kalamazoo Arts has five Live Stage Theaters. The Epic Center, a performing arts center in the heart of downtown, is home to the arts and culture in the greater Kalamazoo area and Southwest Michigan. The All Ears Theatre provides performances of comedies and dramas in front of a live audience for later radio broadcast.
- For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are walking paths, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, lakes for swimming and fishing, and canoeing on the Kalamazoo River.
- The City Of Kalamazoo Golf Courses are Milham Park Golf Club, voted ”Best Place to Play” by Golf Digest in 2008 and 2009; Eastern Hills Golf Club and Red Arrow Golf Club.
- Parks and Outdoor Recreations of the City Of Kalamazoo offer a variety of programs for their active adults (55+) residents.
- Kalamazoo is home to the Kalamazoo Wings, an ice hockey team of the United Hockey League, whose games are played at the Wings Stadium.
- Kalamazoo has a variety of shopping options at numerous shopping venues including surrounding malls, retail outlets and antique shops; The Crossroads and the Kalamazoo Mall are two of the largest.
- Some of the best bars, clubs and nightlife in Michigan are located in Kalamazoo.
- With over 450 restaurants in Kalamazoo there is a place for everyone’s cravings to fit all budgets.
- Kalamazoo is home to numerous breweries, wineries and distilleries
- The Kalamazoo Public Library serves about 120,000 people through five locations. It has an extensive collection of books, movies, and music and provides year-round programming for all ages.
- Kalamazoo is home to five Historic Neighborhoods which includes 2075 properties
Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kalamazoo has many healthcare options, ranging from large health systems to small hospitals and clinics. The area’s dominance in healthcare is evident with Borgess Health and the Bronson Healthcare Group.
- Borgess Hospital has expertise in multiple medical services and is one of the top heart hospitals in Michigan with over 15,000 heart patients each year. They are a Level 1 Trauma Center located at 601 John St in Kalamazoo.
- Bronson Methodist Center provides care in virtually every specialty—cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, and oncology—with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center. It is recognized as a national leader in Healthcare Quality and Safety. It is located at 1521 Gull Road in Kalamazoo.
The Kalamazoo Downtown Transportation Station houses all ground transportation for the area.
- The City of Kalamazoo Metro Transit provides dependable, convenient, and safe bus transportation throughout the Kalamazoo metropolitan area.
- Greyhound and Indian Trails bus lines provide transportation for the area.
- Amtrak provides passenger rail service.
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport is 15 miles from downtown Kalamazoo and provides daily air service to Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Cincinnati.
- Interstate I94 is the state’s major east-west artery, bisecting the City of Kalamazoo and providing direct access to Battle Creek, Jackson and Detroit to the east and St. Joseph and Chicago to the west. Highway 131 is the city’s principal north-south highway providing direct access to Grand Rapids. Other major highways providing access across the city and the county include M-89, M-43, and M-96.
- Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo and is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of four public universities in the state of Michigan to be named in the top tier.
- Kalamazoo College, a private, nationally ranked, four-year liberal arts college, has an enrollment of over 1,200 students and has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 best liberal arts colleges by US News & World Report. Kalamazoo College is known for its international education focus.
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) is a two-year public institution, has a total enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and boasts small class sizes. KVCC offers Associate Degree programs and a variety of certificate programs.
- Davenport University, headquartered in Grand Rapids, has a very active campus for non-traditional students in Kalamazoo. Davenport University offers four-year and two-year degrees as well as certificates in various subject areas. Currently, there are more than 1,200 students enrolled in the Kalamazoo campus.
About the Southwestern Michigan Area
Living in Kalamazoo there is always something to see or do within a short drive.
- A stretch of sandy Lake Michigan Beaches can be found at Warren Dunes, Silver Beach in St. Joe and North Beach in South Haven Michigan.
- Southwestern Michigan Wine Country
They call Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country the Napa Valley of the Midwest. Michigan Shore Wine Country stretches from the Indiana–Michigan state line across the southwestern corner of Michigan to Kalamazoo.
- Some of the finest Golf Courses are located in Southwestern Michigan including Yarrow in Augusta.
- Many Seasonal Orchards can be found in Southwest Michigan; May – Asparagus, June – Strawberries, July – Cherries , August – Tomatoes, September- Apples, and October – Pumpkins
- A stretch of Bike Trails run thru Southwest Michigan; you can take a leisure ride along a bike path or find more challenging paths on the mountain bike trails.
- Detroit Michigan is home to four major league sport teams. Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers play at Comerica Park; the Detroit Lions of the NFL play at Ford Field, the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings play at Joe Louis Arena and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons play at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
- Michigan is home to two “Big Ten” Conference Teams: University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State University in East Lansing.
- For those who enjoy the outdoor winter sports there are two Ski Resorts only 30 minutes away from the Community; Bittersweet is located in Otsego, Michigan and Timber Ridge is located in Gobles, Michigan.
- Mackinac Island, one of the top ten islands in the world, it is located between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas in the Straits of Mackinac.
- The Henry Ford Museum, known as “America’s Greatest History Destination,” is located in Dearborn, and features displays of what Americans, both past and present, have imagined and invented.
In scenic Southwest Michigan, WeatherStone Village is a Five-Star, 55+ Community featuring beautiful home sites, friendly neighbors, modern amenities and a convenient location. Please stop by for a personal tour of our active community and our upscale factory-built homes. Or, call us at (269) 383-9850 for more information.
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