Thinking about your post-work home? You'll get huge bang for your buck -- plus lots of other perks -- in these towns.
Empty nesters are snapping up condos and townhouses in and around Holland's downtown, eager to get close to the action in this lakefront city. The independent shops and restaurants there bustle in the summer as beachgoers shop and dine after a day at the lake. In the winter months, the area remains full of activity despite the cold weather thanks to heated sidewalks and streets that melt the snow.
Holland has never forgotten the Dutch roots that gave it its name. The city hosts a Tulip Time Festival each May and a Dutch Winterfest during the winter holidays. The rest of the year, visitors can get their Dutch fix at the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory or at the Holland Museum, which traces the arrival of the city's settlers in 1847.
Hope College is also located in downtown Holland. The school provides many opportunities for continuing education, including the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals, dedicated to lifelong learning. Holland Hospital provides health care locally, and residents can also access the medical system in Grand Rapids, about 25 minutes away. --B.B.