River House Condominiums

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River House Condominiums
River House Condominiums.jpg
General information
Type Residential
Location 335 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
Coordinates 42°58′15″N 85°40′37″W / 42.9708°N 85.6769°W / 42.9708; -85.6769Coordinates: 42°58′15″N 85°40′37″W / 42.9708°N 85.6769°W / 42.9708; -85.6769
Completed 2008
Roof 406 ft (124 m)
Top floor 397 ft (121 m)
Technical details
Floor count 34
Lifts/elevators 3
Design and construction
Architect Lucien Lagrange Architects, DTS & Winkelmann Architects
Developer Robert Grooters Development Co.

River House Condominiums is a residential skyscraper built on the west bank of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan located next to Bridgewater Place. It is the tallest building in Grand Rapids, the tallest all-residential building in Michigan, and the tallest building in the state outside of Detroit.

Building Features

Seven floors of the building are dedicated to indoor parking, and there is an additional parking ramp attached to the building.[1]

Building History

Developer Sales

The first homeowner occupancy occurred in November 2008.[2] Nearly 140 of the initial 207 units (condos/penthouses) were under contract pre-construction, but 56 would-be condo buyers backed out of their contract following personal financial hardship and were sued by the developer.[3] Those units were turned back to the developer following a nonbinding ruling on the contracts by Kent County Circuit Judge Donald Johnston[4] due to a technicality in the purchase agreements drafted by Varnum law firm.[5] Following the overturned contracts, reduced prices and sales promotions served as the catalyst to sell condos even at a loss for the developer. 90% of the units were sold by December 2011 triggering a full transfer of power from the Developer to the Homeowners Association. By the end of 2012, 198 units were sold. Due to the combining of some condos or penthouses by buyers, the total number of units was reduced from 207 to 205.

Community Events

Rappelling down the front of the building was offered as a fund-raiser for Michigan Community Blood Centers prior to the completion of construction during Celebration on the Grand.[6][7] A repeat event occurred June 9, 2009[8] but hasn't happened since.

Prior to their initial sale, some larger condos were used as small concert venues for a few big name bands prior to their performances at Van Andel Arena or DeVos Place Convention Center. These events included the Bare Naked Ladies[9] and American Idol listening parties with guest appearances by Jason Castro, Allison Iraheta, and others.[citation needed]

50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), filmed a scene for his movie, "The Gun" in a River House penthouse.

Preceded by
Plaza Towers
Tallest Building in Grand Rapids
406 feet
Succeeded by

See also


  1. ^ Ellis Parking
  2. ^ "River House rolls toward Nov. 3 Occupancy". GR Press. Oct 20, 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  3. ^ "River House at Bridgewater Place to cut prices on condos by up to 30 percent". MLive. July 9, 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Judge rules oversight in purchase agreement allows 14 would-be tenants out of condo contract with River House". MLive. June 22, 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Developer sues Varnum law firm over losses on River House condo project in downtown Grand Rapids". MLive. Oct 1, 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Skip the elevator on Grand Rapids' tallest building -- take a rope instead". MLive. July 25, 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Rappelling down River House a learning experience". MLive. Sep 5, 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Another chance to rappel down River House in downtown Grand Rapids". MLive. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  9. ^ Bare Naked Ladies at River House facebook album

External links

  • Official website
  • Facebook - River House Condos
  • SkyscraperPage.com's profile on River House Condominiums
  • Emporis.com's profile on River House Condominiums
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