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Archive for September, 2012

In all of us is a desire to be a part of something.  We go about the everyday of life and are drawn to those opportunities to get involved or become a member of a community.  One of the challenges is to make sure that involvement is beneficial to you but also to other members.  Jon Rooks would you like you to consider being part of the Monroe North Fitness membership.

The benefits are a 1-hour combo fitness orientation/personal training session with a new membership!

You have the convenience of being located in downtown Grand Rapids’ Boardwalk Condos.  You are then close to work or a night on the town with friends.

You also gain the benefit of a relaxing time receiving a Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage or listening to tunes in one of their tanning beds.

Add to that, Monroe North has a wonderful assortment of nutritional products and smoothies to help keep you healthy and strong, as you participate in a wide array of group fitness classes.

To help yourself and others call Monroe North Fitness to see how their perspective of healthy living is different.  They can be reached at (616) 913-9123 or email them at


Are you in the market for a downtown Grand Rapids condo?


Have you been waiting for the right moment to make your move?


Then Jonathan Rooks at Parkland Properties has the deal for you.  With downtown Grand Rapids living available at Boardwalk and Union Square Condominiums, you are able to take advantage of the extremely low interest rates with an amazingly low downtown payment.  You could be living downtown with only 3.5% down and mortgage rates in the low 3’s, allowing you to save thousands of dollars as you enjoy the benefits of living in downtown Grand Rapids.


Do you want to save even more money?  “By purchasing a condo at Union Square, you may qualify for discounted property taxes,” Brad Gruizinga at Parkland tells us.


The deal keeps gets better and better.  So get a move on and call Brad Veneklase to view one of the few remaining condos he has available.  He can be reached at 616-988-6466.


Referencing the recent Case/Shiller Index report, Jon Rooks of Parkland Properties in Grand Rapids, Michigan, agrees that there is a definite upward trend in home prices.  If you include that with the Home Starts Report that came out earlier this week, you can understand there is some excitement in the real estate market.


In the summary of the report, all 20 major cities that are included in the Case/Shiller index saw increases in their year over year prices.  “This is an encouraging sign,” according to Jon Rooks, “when you see a continued move up in prices over each year, instead of a one or two month pop, it gives you more confidence to stick your toes in the water.”


Rooks and his team at Parkland Properties have seen this trend in the continued strong sales of condos at their Boardwalk and Union Square developments.  “We have a great product with all the amenities”, Rooks says.


To see available units at either of the Parkland properties, contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466.


Jon Rooks Monroe North Fitness is an amazing fitness option for you.  Whether you work or live in downtown Grand Rapids, Monroe North has many things to offer you.


If you are tired of the hectic chaos that you endure with the large gyms, then you need to take a tour of Monroe North and experience what a smaller and tranquil workout facility is like.  Inside Boardwalk Condominiums, this facility has group classes, personal training and a wonderful staff to encourage you to a better you.


They have many membership options to choose from, including 24/7 access.  You owe it to yourself…a healthier you.  Come in and take a tour.  Call them at (616) 913-9123 or stop in during business hours.


Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga’s Union Square Condo’s are quickly becoming unavailable.  With only 4 developer condominiums still on the market, you better hurry to make Union Square home.


If living so close to the attractions of downtown Grand Rapids is what you want, then Union Square is the place to call home.


Would you like to keep in the loop of all the happening places to hang out and be within a short walk?  Then Union Square is the place to call home.


If you want a clubhouse to hang with friends or a rooftop pool to enjoy the warm weather, then Union Square is the place to call home.


Would you like to be within walking distance of work to lessen your carbon footprint? Then Union Square is the place to call home.


Whatever you desire for your urban living, Union Square is the place to call home.


Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 to set up your time to see Union Square


Just because the weather is starting to get cooler or the leaves are starting to turn colors, Jon Rooks doesn’t think that should keep you from taking some time to get away.  Rooks Shoreline Inn is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.


Nestled on Muskegon Lake with incredible panoramic sunset views over the water, Shoreline Inn is the hidden gem of West Michigan.  Whether you are celebrating an anniversary or would like a romantic weekend away with your significant other, Shoreline has what you are looking for.


You will be able to take a stroll along the lake or have a quiet dinner at the Lake House Waterfront Grille. Or here is a suggestion from a recent guest, “Try the Port City Princess vintage boat cruise — docked next door to the Shoreline Inn. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, beautiful sunsets, and dancing.” — Patricia


Fall is in the air.  There is still so much to enjoy about West Michigan and the lakeshore.  Why not start your fall color tour with a stay at the hidden gem on Muskegon Lake?  Call Shoreline Inn at 866-727-8483 to make your reservations today!


Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga want you to encounter what living at an award winning development would be like.  Developed at the former Union High School, Union Square Condominiums is an excellent choice for your downtown Grand Rapids living.  Rooks and Gruizinga made sure to keep the feel of the school by leaving the genuine slate chalkboards (Does that bring back some memories? Or, am I dating myself?)  You can even find old fire drill instructions, trophy cases, vintage lockers and light fixtures.


Rooks and Gruizinga have also put some “New Cool” into Union Square to be one of the best options for downtown living.  Your old school didn’t have a rooftop pool and hot tub.  The “New Cool” includes a year-round clubhouse featuring lounge furniture, plasma TV’s, wet bar, pool table and shuffleboard.


To see how “New Cool” interacts with Old School, then contact Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 to schedule a time to see Union Square.  You may actually be the one winning the prize.


It is that time of the year again, as downtown Grand Rapids starts to buzz about the upcoming Artprize.  It is promising to be as great as always.  Jon Rooks is excited also about downtown Grand Rapids, but for a different prize of sorts.


Rooks and his Parkland Properties team built the award winning Boardwalk Condominiums and have been working hard to provide an incredible experience to all of their residents.  Just as the artists of this year’s Artprize are proud of their works of art, so is Jon and how Boardwalk has been accepted as one of the premier options for downtown Grand Rapids living.


Boardwalk has many amenities that other downtown projects do not offer.  How about arriving home to your reserved covered parking space?  Taking a quiet stroll in the Forest Courtyard to unwind? Do you like to workout before or after work?  You can do it right at Boardwalk, without having to leave the facilities.  Just like getting downtown to enjoy the art of Artprize; the same is true of experiencing all that Boardwalk has to offer.


So go ahead and schedule a time with Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466.  When you are done, head downtown and catch some of the wonderful art exhibits at Artprize 2012.


Have you been considering downtown Grand Rapids living?  Well this is your lucky day, because you won’t believe what Jon Rooks has added to make downtown living an incredible experience.


What about taking a stroll through or reading a book in one of the many gardens that are available. How would you like to come home and get in a quick workout, then join your friends at JD Reardon’s for dinner or a time of relaxation, all within the development?  What about spending some time after a stressful day unwinding in the hot tub, while catching up with your amazing neighbors.


Do you want more?  Well how about property tax discounts until 2019, which will put extra dollars in your pockets.  Extra money is good.  The benefit is also transferrable, so if you need to sell (why would you want to??), it only helps with the resale of your condo.


If you want to be a part of Boardwalk or Union Square Condos, you need to call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466.  He only has a few units left, so don’t hesitate, or you might miss out.


If you have been to downtown Grand Rapids lately, you will agree with Jon Rooks, that “downtown is where it is at”.  Whether it is the upcoming ArtPrize 2012 to the many ethnic celebrations, including Celebration on the Grand, downtown Grand Rapids has taken on a metamorphous of sorts.  Businesses are moving in and awards are being handed out, such as Grand Rapids being awarded, “Beer City USA 2012”.


Rooks Parkland Properties has a few options left for developer condos at either Boardwalk or Union Square.  Each of these condo developments has been built with the resident in mind.  Whether recreated from a former furniture factory (Boardwalk) or former high school (Union Square), each has its unique flare to downtown living.


The beauty of either Boardwalk or Union Square is that they have added some wonderful amenities to condo living, but also that you don’t miss out on what is happening downtown.  You have choices.  Go out or stay in, either way you can’t beat Boardwalk or Union Square.


If you want to be a part of this extraordinary place to call home, you need to call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466.  He only has a couple developer units available, so don’t hesitate or you will miss out.


If you have been looking for that right place to call home and haven’t found it, then Jon Rooks and Brad Gruizinga have just the place. Located close to downtown and all that living downtown Grand Rapids has to offer. Union Square is the place for you.


Do you want to save more cash with special property tax discounts?  Then Union Square is the place for you.


Are you thinking loft living would be cool with high ceilings, wood floors, and huge windows for a natural light feel?  Then Union Square is the place for you.



Is peace of mind and feeling secure important?  Then Union Square is the place for you.


Would you like to hang out with friends in a spacious clubhouse or take a dip in a rooftop pool, or converse while soaking in a hot tub?  Then Union Square is the place for you.


But if you don’t make a call to Brad Veneklase, then Union Square might not be your place, because they only have four available units left for sale.


Call Brad at 616-988-6466 to make Union Square your place.



Jon Rooks Boardwalk Condominium unit is an award winning project. Rooks Boardwalk is a full of more amenities than any other downtown Grand Rapids condo. Jon’s Boardwalk Condo is also just about sold out.  That’s right, there is only one more developer condo left at Boardwalk.


The summer has been hot here in Grand Rapids and so have the condo sales. The units have been flying off the shelf, but there is one more unit still waiting just for you.


If you want to see, what all of the residents of this wonderful condo development know, then calling Brad Veneklase to schedule a showing is a must.


Call Brad at 616-988-6466 now.


Kids are back in school. Summer is fading and fall is just around the corner.  Jonathan Rooks and Brad Gruzinga are bringing price reductions to the last remaining condos at Union Square.  Home purchasing is at one of the best times in all of history right now, with mortgages rates low and the reduced prices at Union Square.


That is why Jon and Brad have slashed prices, because they want you to experience what many of your new neighbors have learned, that Union Square Condominiums is the “New Cool” of Grand Rapids.  With prices that have been cut up to 33% off and the availability of a 3.5% down loan, you can see why Union Square living is “cool”.  Add amenities like a rooftop pool and hot tub, clubhouse and fitness room, and tax savings until 2019 and you will wonder why it took you so long to call.


Don’t waste another minute. Call Brad Veneklase at 616-988-6466 to schedule your tour.


It is in the air, can you smell it?  Fall is soon upon us.  In the spirit of fall, Jon Rooks and his team at Parkland Properties have reduced prices for your condo purchase at Boardwalk.  You don’t want to hesitate in getting to downtown Grand Rapids and checking out how far these prices have dropped. With the price action that Rooks has done, you don’t want to get left out in the cold, and miss out on owning a piece of the award winning condo development at Boardwalk.


Boardwalk has everything you want and need in a downtown Grand Rapids condo.  Rooks has put together more amenities than you could imagine from two beautiful and unique courtyards for your enjoyment or to an onsite and staffed fitness center, Monroe North Fitness.


Call Brad Veneklase right now at 616-988-6466.  It will be the best call you make today!

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