Is St Johns MI a Good Place to Live in Michigan?

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Where is Saint Johns Michigan located? What is the lifestyle? This is a great town with lots to offer. I have been a resident of Clinton County for several years and I love the people that live here. They are very friendly. Our zip code is 48879 with an area code of 989 in Bingham, Victor, and Greenbush Township. We are 25 minutes to downtown Lansing, 12 miles North of Dewitt Public Schools and thirty minutes to Okemos Schools. We are North of the capital.

Who else wants to see house for sale in Michigan? If you are relocating, moving, or got a new job and you enjoy a quiet countryside lifestyle then this is definitely the place for you! What are the cities around this area? To the East is Fowlerville, Durand, Perry, Haslett, Corunna, and Owosso. To the West is Portland MI, Grand Ledge, Westphalia, Lake Odessa and Sunfield. To the South roughly a 45 minute drive is Eaton Rapids, Potterville and Charlotte MI. If you continue on US 127 highway, you will eventually reach Mt Pleasant (the well-known casino, of course) and then you continue upward to the Upper Peninsula (UP) or Mackinac Island! There are lots of fun family activities to do in small towns throughout central and Mid-Michigan.  

What smaller cities surround this community? Here is a quick list of places to visit in Michigan while you are shopping around for a home in the area. Drive to Middleton, Maple Rapids, Eureka, Fowler, Pompeii, Hubbardston, Pewamo, Ashley, and Ovid Elsie Schools.

You will meet some wonderful people that comprise of families, retirees and individuals looking for a vacation rental or to purchase land for sale. I know there are gems in these small remote villages because you can get acreage at an affordable price, compared to Lake Michigan real estate!

My husband and I purchased a beautiful lake near the country in Duplain Twp called Rochester Lake on Harmon. As luxury custom home builders (Dickenson Construction), we built a large two story home in 2020 with waterfront property for sale in Michigan. Our residential properties allow pontoons, canoes, kayaks, swimming. Who else wants lake access and lake view? We have the land for you! Pick your favorite water lots, I’d like to show you, text or call me!

Let’s talk about the school district. What do we know about St. Johns Public Schools? The student ratio is 19:1 of teachers and students for grades K-12. Currently there are over 2800 children in this school system and their mascot is the red wings with red and white school colors. Just like schools nearby, the fine arts is a wonderful program with lots of talented kids from youngsters to teenagers including theater production, orchestra, band, art and choir.

Did you still want to know how safe this community is? Well good news! The school ranks at number 64of 556 districts in the state of Michigan. Where does it rank for best school in the state? At number 80.

What about academics for the majority of students? The average graduation rate is 94% with an average ACT test score of 25 and reading proficiency of 63%. Overall, awards a grade of A- considering all these factors: An A grade for teachers, B+ for college prep, A- in sports programs, and B+ for after school activities. The only low score was C+ which was due to diversity and racial demographics.

Who else needs special education or autistic services for your children? Early On is available to families who qualify depending on the needs of the child. You may be eligible for home-based services where these amazing teachers are trained to come to the home for a few hours each week to work with your child (son, daughter, foster). I have many clients, friends and families whose child receives physical therapy, occupational, and speech and language therapy. The program also offers a weekly morning playgroup for parents and guardians to attend. I highly recommend contacting them to learn more!

Look what I found for you - alternative or virtual education: S.T.R.I.V.E. academy offers computer based learning where kids can work on classes at their own pace throughout the day or at night. Preschool is offered at Riley Elementary with designated recess times, in case you want to learn more, as a parent or guardian, definitely click on the links that I provided below. Great start readiness (GSRP) is available as well. Other schools include the middle school, Eureka Elementary, Oakview, and Gateway.

I bet you want to know about childcare and daycare options. The school’s childcare center is called Adventure Club or Little Wings with year round care, field trips, and they have a nice Facebook page if you want to get more information on what they offer. If you are a resident of Dewitt as well, you can enroll your child in early childhood centers such as Rainbow Place and Meadowland. With a little digging, you might be able to find in-home child care.

The nearest medical facility is Sparrow Health Center or the Clinton Hospital located on Oakland Street, this is a branch office of Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

Need transportation and don’t own a car? The Clinton Transit System is a small bus that can pick you up and take you to where you need in the county. I provided the link below.

Who else loves family friendly activities outdoors? We love Uncle John’s Cider mill. It’s a place for adults and kids with things to do. Adults may enjoy the brewery and shopping for baked goods, while the kids will love the train ride and playground sets.

Is there an annual festival that everyone attends each year? Yes! It’s called the St Johns Mint Festival hosted at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. I have attended with my family and I absolutely love it! Lots of food vendors, the fudge is delicious, crafts for children, face painting, an incredibly large wooden playset, swings and did someone say crafts? You won’t believe how big it is until you go! It is the largest craft fair I have ever been to, in addition to the Michigan State (MSU) Craft Show. What I like about it, the craft booths are outdoors but among the woods, trees, up and down the nature trails, so you are walking in shade for the most part of your shopping experience and you won’t sweat in the heat! This is definitely an all day long experience.

Do you want to sign up for the local fitness center? Yoga, Zumba? Dance classes for children? Check out a few of these places: Snap Fitness opened 24 hours, Iron House Fitness Center, PKSA Karate and Martial Arts, Alissa’s Dance Elite, Heather’s Dance Company. How about gymnastics for children? Power Play Kids Fun is a physical fitness program offered in the area.

Getting married or recently engaged? Looking for an affordable venue or on a budget? Andy and Sunday's Wedding Barn is very popular with the locals and has received numerous positive reviews online.

Where are the popular restaurants or chains? Don’t worry, this town has many places to eat and shop that you are familiar with like Applebee’s, Cancun Mexican, Big Boy, Mancinos Subs, Walmart, Kroger and Dollar Store. If you want to eat at locally owned Ma and Pa places, I would suggest dining at Ryan’s Roadhouse, The Wheel Inn, Main Street Pizza, Lil G’s Italian, and the Crave Shack. You might find something you like!

What is the cost of living in St Johns Michigan? Ranked as #2 best place to raise a family in Clinton County. provides a B+ score overall. Crime receives an excellent score with not a lot of criminal activity in this suburb. The population is roughly 8,000 residents. 36% graduated with at least an Associate’s degree or have some college background. Jobs? Score a B+ with opportunities and potential for a nice career. What is the median household income? $54,000.

How many people rent versus own in this city? 66% own a residential home while 34% rent an apartment or townhouse. On average, rent is $760 a month. What is the median home value? $124,000, an affordable price to purchase homes for sale.

Got a second to read through home listings? Homes are selling here! I have several lists neighborhoods that you might like. I will sort houses by year built, older and newer subdivisions, new construction or licensed builders, condos and townhomes.

Old houses for sale do exist in Bingham Twp and built as early as 1838 to 1920. Many of these turn of the century and Victorian homes have been restored and updated with new bathrooms or kitchens. You can find historic homes in the country or downtown. These historic listings are located on Walker Street, Floral Avenue, Steel, Church, Chadwick, Francis, Welling, Cass, Mead, East State, E Gibbs, Chandler, N Scott, West Baldwin, US 27 and Taft Road. I want you to take a road trip through these streets and then tell me if you have seen something you liked!

Where are new construction homes recently built or in the current process of building? Take a look at these subdivisions built after 2016: Johnella, Bingham, and Searles Estate. These are attractive two-story and ranch styles with open concept, cathedral ceilings, and floor plans. This is a growing city with newly constructed residential properties for sale.

Luxury homes? Gigantic dwellings do exist in this small town especially if you are looking for at least 3500 square ft, take a drive through Gallant Fox Way, Winners Circle, and Secretariat Lane.

Did you still need a mortgage? Are you on a budget? I know this community is great for first time home buyers and family starters. Here are many wonderful and affordable subs with an average 1200 sq ft of living space: Briggs, Browns, Francis, Green Acres, Greer Rich, Hawthorne, and Meadow View.

Land for sale in Michigan? Absolutely! I have a whole list of lots you can tour. First, answer this question: What do you know about purchasing lots? I’d like to help you understand the types of specs and things to look at when inspecting acreage. First, you will notice that zoning is a big deal and you need to check whether it’s commercial business, income, or a residence.

Here’s 6 things that everybody ought to know about land purchases: when you search for available lots that meet your criteria, make sure you understand the following or ask me and we can discuss it. For instance, you need to know about an active sewer line, exact property lines or boundaries, full property address (as this can vary), flood map, flood insurance, and correct lot dimensions.

We will need to talk! What are 4 other types of criteria that you need to know about? Type of road surface (gravel, for example), whether there is presently unknown or known soil types on the premise (I.e. sandy loam); terms of sale (conventional loan, cash only, land contract); is there an accurate parcel number which can be verified through the townships’ assessor's office? Don’t worry, this is something that I will call and take care of for you, that is my job as a realtor!

What types of buildings can you build and on what lots? Keep in mind there may be restrictions especially if you are purchasing multiple pieces of land in different locations or on different streets. For instance, some land is build-able only for residential property and does not allow pole barns, stalls, or farms. Of course there are always exceptions to this rule and horse properties are in their own special category.

The best way to find out what you like is to drive around the city. If you want to buy acres of land, drive by Colony Lake Estates, Dewitt Road, Glastonbury Drive, Maple Rapids Rd, Watson, E Pratt, Gratiot County Line, N Lansing Road, Jason, and Rochester Lake (lakefront and beach lots).

Can’t decide what to do? Whether you are a veteran, military, retired, or need a starter home, I have the place for you. You may ask me as many questions as you want. That is what I’m hear for! If you have 3 minutes to chat, call or text Kari Dickenson, Realtor Lansing MI, at 517-819-6139 or email 

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