For anyone who has ever been to Zurich before, you know that our real estate is one of our greatest features. People come from miles around to admire the beautiful landscape that our little town has to offer.
In fact, given our unique geography and natural resources, we have quite a booming real estate market. It’s popular for people to buy vacation homes in the area, as Zurich is a popular vacation spot during the summer.
It’s common for real estate agents to specialize in individual areas. During my recent trip to Michigan, I saw a number of realtors that special in lakefront properties. Harpe realty comes to mind. They are very respected Michigan lakefront property sellers in the area. Just as realtors specialize in their own individual markets like lakefront or commercial properties, Zurich is quickly becoming a vacation hot spot.
We have seen an explosion of resort communities, vacation associations, among other things that have both excited and dismayed the locals. Some don’t like the development, while others say it’s great for the community and brings in a much needed tax base during these hard economic times.
One of the most active members of the development crew that is really making the lives better each and every day is the local real estate association. They recently held that annual banquet get together and invited me to attend the event.
It sounds a lot more important than it really is. It’s just a few local realtors, business owners, journalists, teachers, and their families. The president of the association spoke on some of the most recent developments and talked about some future projects, which were all very exciting.
New Real Estate Developments
One of the coolest ideas that are being talked about is the redesign of the public commons in Zurich. Local real estate agents are working together with city hall to repurpose the downtown region by adding more parking spaces for local businesses.
Currently, there is a two-lane road that runs through downtown going in either direction.
Given that our community is becoming a great spot for tourists and shoppers to go to, a few local residents and business owners wonder why there is no parking in the downtown for shoppers. After all, if you want to get customers in the doors of your store or restaurant, you need to give them a space to park
This is what the new revitalization campaign is looking to do. By removing one of thru lanes of traffic, the council will be able to add parking spots on both sides of the road for businesses and tourists.
There is expected to be a huge economic benefit from making this change to the downtown layout. It may not seem like much, but the changes will be huge.
Think about it as if you were a tourist yourself. If you are driving past a cute little shop, but you have no idea where to stop or where to park, how likely are you to turn around to try and find someplace to go?
You’re a lot less likely to. By giving tourists easy access to your stores and restaurants, we can spur growth for our communities, businesses, residents, and schools.