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Archive for July, 2012

Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga liked the comments from Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries last Tuesday, “After four months with rising home values and increasingly positive forecast data, it seems clear that the country has hit a bottom in home values.”


Rooks and Gruizinga are feeling the same about the condo market here in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  “Our Union Square project is just about completely sold out with only 4 units still available, and we are seeing more activity and showings”


Zillow reported, Values of U.S. homes rose 0.2% in the 2nd quarter, compared with the same time period a year ago, marking the 1st annual increase in values since 2007.


This all bids well, if you are looking to purchase a downtown condo.  A market that has found a bottom, incredible interest rates, discounted property taxes, and amazing craftsmanship are all available when you purchase a Union Square Condominium.


Contact Brad Veneklase for a viewing at 616-988-6466


We are calling all Grand Rapids downtown condo seekers.  Jon Rooks of Parkland Properties has the designs and additional features that you are looking for.  Parkland’s redevelopment of the a former furniture building (Boardwalk) or high school (Union Square) offers you an incredible chance for downtown living with contemporary design inside of history.


Add the additional features and ability to get to downtown within minutes and Parkland Properties should be on your list.  Boardwalk has views of the Grand River. Union Square still has four condos that qualify for discounted property taxes.  Both have their very own pool to help you cool off on hot summer days, so dialing Parkland is a must.


To see what Parkland has to offer contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466


Do you need to make your events memorable and workable?  Then scheduling your next event at Jon Rooks Shoreline Conference Center is what you have been looking for.

Whether it is a conference room for seminars and special programs or private meeting rooms for small gatherings and break-out sessions – Shoreline’s 4,500 square feet of conference facilities can be arranged to accommodate multiple floor plans, seating arrangements, and event activities.

Seating Chart


During warmer months, Shoreline can accommodate your celebration events by extending the event outdoors to the waterfront patio, boardwalk, and grassy knolls found on the grounds. Having the Shoreline Inn on the property makes arranging lodging for out-of-town speakers and guests, and multi-day events, convenient for all.


To schedule your next event call 866.727.8483


Not only do you get a wonderful view of the Grand River and a short distance to downtown Grand Rapids, but you also get a park outside of your front door.  Not only do you receive all the wonderful amenities such as an onsite fitness center, pool, and J.D. Reardon’s restaurant at Boardwalk Condominiums, but also the use of a Grand Rapids park outside your door.


Just look at the three different views of Canal Park here


To see all that Jon Rooks Boardwalk has to offer, contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 or email him at


If you have been holding out for a better deal, or are just new to the downtown Grand Rapids condo search, then you better contact Parkland Properties to set up a viewing of their Union Square development.  Union Square is a wonderful downtown Grand Rapids condo development in an old high school building.  The unique old school flavor—chalkboards, banisters, lights, lockers and more—carries through the entire building.  Ceilings range in height from 8 to 16 feet, giving you lots of breathing room.  Some floors are gorgeous maple hardwood, stained concrete or custom designed.


The Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga development is a testament to what innovation, hard work, and commitment to taking the old and making it new, and therefore improve a community.  If you want to be a part of such a community, then you better hurry, as there are only 4 condos left.


Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466


Are you looking for a place to call home that has a clubhouse (check this out) featuring lounge furniture, plasma TV’s, wet bar, pool table, shuffleboard, and pool and hot tub views?  Rooks’ and Gruizinga’s Union Square has it!


How about the ability of a quick stroll to a rooftop swimming pool, hot tub, and tanning deck to help you wind down in the warm months?  Rooks’ and Gruizinga’s Union Square has it!


How about a close proximity to downtown Grand Rapids and locations such as Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus and the YMCA?  Rooks’ and Gruizinga’s Union Square has it!


Contact Bradley Veneklase at 616-988-6466 to schedule a viewing


Boaters from all around the Great Lakes cruise in from Lake Michigan into slips at Terrace Point Marina on Muskegon Lake.  It is a wonderful place to develop boating friendships in a relaxing and festive atmosphere. The clubhouse is just 8 feet from the shore and includes a bathhouse, kitchen, dining, living area and laundry.  How is that for convenience and views?  The bathhouse has 6 private showers, dressing rooms and is newly renovated.   While you are there, enjoy fun and sun at the outdoor pool and picnic area. Or, head off to the indoor pool and hot tubs at the adjacent Shoreline Inn Hotel.


You can find out more about Terrace Point by checking out the website by clicking here (


Jon Rooks and Brad Gruzinga have one penthouse condo left at their Union Square Condominiums, located in Grand Rapids, MI.  This custom designed penthouse will allow you to move right in and start enjoying downtown living.

The condo with its eastern views of the Grand Rapids skyline is the last chance of its kind, in this award winning development.  To see what Rooks and Gruizinga have to offer watch here Penthouse condo ( )

Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 for a live viewing.


If cooling off from the intense heat of summer is your goal, then Jon Rooks has just the idea for you.  Take a look at what you could be enjoying right now if you had purchased a condo from Parkland Properties – Click to tour

Now imagine getting home to your downtown Grand Rapids condo from a long day at work.  You make your way to the courtyard and then have the opportunity to de-stress and cool off by taking a swim in the pool.  As you are down there you meet up with friends and decide to enjoy a relaxing dinner on the pool side deck or dining room of JD Reardon’s.  Click here to take a look.

That is downtown condo living, Jonathan Rooks style!

If this were the type of cooling off you would like to be doing, then contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 for a tour of the facilities at Boardwalk Condominiums.


Or are you a small business owner and have out of town clients to impress?  Did you know that Jon Rooks Parkland Properties has a conference room available for rent?


If you are in need of a conference room in downtown Grand Rapids, then consider contacting Boardwalk Condominiums.  Whether your current conference room is under renovation or your current facilities don’t allow for a separate room to conduct business, then you owe it to the success of your business to have a professional conference room.

Call the office to find out more information about our conference room. The general public can reserve it for $100 each 3-hour increment.

Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 to reserve a room today


Jon Rooks says, “A $1,000 refundable deposit will reserve your Grand Rapids condo today.”  It has been exciting to watch the wide range of condos that buyers are choosing.  “They are taking advantage of different floor plans, amenities, and views, and it shows because 95% of our Boardwalk Condos are sold”, Rooks adds.

Each purchaser of a Boardwalk Condo will receive a selections guide for standard and upgraded options once they choose a condo. The selections guide will also have detailed pricing options. This allows each buyer to customize their condominium to best fit their needs.

Boardwalk’s game room, movie theatre, common roof top deck, pool, hot tub, covered parking ramp, conference room, and courtyard balconies are completed. Would you like to spend a few hours kayaking up and down the Grand River?  Residents have kayaks to use.  Residents also have the use of a tandem bike and two street bikes.

If living downtown Grand Rapids is intriguing, then contact Bradley (616) 988-6466 for more information.


Congratulations Grand Rapids on being voted Beer City USA 2012!  We here at Parkland Properties agree that there is no better place than Grand Rapids to find a great beer.


That is why we built our condominium projects here in downtown Grand Rapids, because we wanted our residents to have the ease of stepping out their door to large area of different venues to taste great beer…okay that might be a bit of a stretch.  We have enjoyed being a part of the resurgence of downtown Grand Rapids.


So come on down and let’s raise a pint to all the great breweries here in Grand Rapids.  Whether it’s Founders or HopCat or Brewery Vivant they all are worth the trip.  And if you want to be close all the time, then stop in to see if we can help.


Congrats Grand Rapids!  Beer City USA 2012


Jon Rooks has saved the best condominiums, most ridiculously low prices, incredible values, and added more and more extras for last of his units at Boardwalk Condominiums.  Boardwalk is located across the street from Canal Park on Grand River.  If you have been waiting and waiting, well your wait has just been rewarded.

Grand Rapids Boardwalk_Flyer

You get the opportunity to purchase and move into an award winning condominium development.  And you are able to do it at amazing low interest payments, plus you could qualify for a 3.5% down payment.  The deals just keep stacking up.


We could keep on going, but the rest of the “cool” features you just need to see for yourself.  Do not think twice about calling Brad Veneklase to schedule a time to see how Boardwalk Condos can be a part of your future.


Brad can be reached at 616-988-6466


Imagine sitting at the edge of the pool, enjoying the warmth of the sun, with friends laughing and conversing all around you.  Then you think to yourself of extra money that you have been able to save to throw this party, because you took advantage of special tax discounts that your condo offered.  And it has a rooftop pool!


Union Square Condos of Grand Rapids is that place.  Here is the problem though.  Parkland Properties only have 4 Union Square Condos left with special Neighborhood Enterprise Zone property tax breaks.  These properties located at Union Square Condominiums allow your mortgage expenses to be offset by the property’s tax discounts with the NEZ.  These discounted tax rates allow you to increase your buying power.  You get more condo for your money, which is a best buy in my books.


A rooftop pool, hot tub, club house, exercise facility, and rain garden are just some of the amenities that you will enjoy when you purchase a Union Square Condo.  With mortgage rates at all time lows and possibly going back up, do not hesitate for a second, or you might miss out on one of the best buying opportunities of a lifetime.  And the chance to throw an awesome party!


Contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 today to schedule a showing of the available units at Union Square.


Everybody is always looking for a great value, especially these days.  Brad Gruizinga and Jonathan Rooks of Parkland Properties know some things about great values.  Parkland Properties has been built on finding properties that have tremendous opportunities, redeveloping them into modern condominiums, and then selling them at great values.


Union Square Condominiums is one of those properties.  Redeveloped in the former Union High School, Union Square features a brilliant array of contemporary styles and amenities.  Plus, you can purchase a Union Square condo with only 3.5% down with a FHA loan.  You can see why Gruizinga and Rooks have great values.


To schedule your viewing, contact Bradley Veneklase at 616-988-6466 or my emailing him at


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