1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Where we went next blew my mind. It’s another great story that totally reminds me why I live in Michigan. It’s called the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, and it’s now a beautiful village community that offers everything you need for a great way of life.
It’s become an awesome place to live in the Traverse City area, but believe it or not, it was once the Northern Michigan Asylum. In 1989 the asylum closed down and the beautiful buildings fell into complete ruin. It looked like this entire sixty-three-acre complex was destined to just decay away.
Thanks to Ray Minervini and The Minervini Group, this village is turning into one of the coolest places to live, work and play in Michigan. It’s also one of the largest historic preservations and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country. They’re actually turning the entire complex into a self-contained community. The historic century-old Victorian-Italianate buildings now house restaurants, a bakery, winery, cool shops, new businesses and there are incredible living spaces available for a variety of income levels.
Living there would almost be like living in a small European village where everything you need is a short walk away. The bonus here is you’re living in Michigan just minutes south of Traverse City. Spending the day with Ray gave me a real appreciation for what he and his family have done. If you’re looking for a fun and fascinating place to live, work, shop or eat, visit the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.