Macatawa Michigan Real Estate
Macatawa is a quaint unincorporated community on Lake Macatawa within the civil township of Allegan County, Laketown Township. Macatawa is mostly a residential community and consists of multiple Lake Michigan homes and cottages.
Macatawa, MI Geography
Macatawa covers a total area of less than 1 square mile and is home to a few small farms and frequently visited beaches.
Macatawa, MI History
Macatawa was part of the entire Laketown area which was recognized by the Dutch in the 1840’s as a valuable location for a harbor because of its position between Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. In 1849, surveys began to be conducted to determine the best possible locations to dig a channel and develop land. There were a number of challenges to the original channel and successful development wouldn’t take place until the 1870’s. Macatawa was platted in 1881 and soon became home to its first hotel.
Macatawa, MI Demographics
There are less than 1,000 people living in Macatawa, the ethnic population is more than 95% Caucasian, the median household income is about $60K, and the median family income is nearly $70K.
During the years that followed more resorts were constructed in Macatawa, and the town became known as a popular vacation spot or a pleasant place to rest when travelling on the Chicago and West Michigan Railway. Due to a series of fires in the early 1900’s, however, many of the hotels were destroyed and were replaced by cottages and vacation houses for sale on Lake Michigan.
Macatawa, MI Schools
Residents of Macatawa attend school in surrounding cities such as Holland and Grand Haven.
Macatawa, MI Industry
Like many of its surrounding towns and villages, Macatawa has a local agricultural society which helps to keep the economy alive. Lake Michigan real estate is also popular in Macatawa, and investors from all over the United States are interested in the valuable property here.