Founded in 1930, the city of Grand Blanc, Michigan, is home to 8,100 residents, and the heart of Grand Blanc Township in Genesee County. Situated 60 miles north of Detroit, near Flint, Grand Blanc was named one of the Ten Best Places to Live in Michigan by a real estate blogger. Homebuyers will find a variety of ranch-style and split-level single-family homes to choose from, most of them on grassy lots and priced to entice.
French traders settled this part of Michigan in the late eighteenth century and gave Grand Blanc its name. It was a pioneer outpost and booming farming community by the 1820s, and when the railroad came to town in the 1860s, it brought jobs-and new residents-with it. Grand Blanc officially incorporated as a city in 1930. The history of the area is carefully preserved and documented at the Heritage Museum, which exhibits historical artifacts and offers programs in traditional arts like weaving and quilting. Housed in an erstwhile church built in 1885, the museum also helps residents with genealogical research and features a mechanical music exhibit that includes a player piano and an old Victrola record player from the early 1900s.
Grand Blanc offers residents numerous options for outdoor recreation. Rust Park, flourishing on land deeded to the city by a family to preserve the memory of a beloved nephew who died in World War I, has a picnic pavilion and a children’s garden. Thread Creek, where the rubber ducks that race in the annual "Duck Classic" fundraiser are launched and the "Press-On Regardless" canoe race unfolds each year, runs through the park. Thread Creek also runs through the Grand Blanc Community Commons. Once a family farm, the Commons is now a nature preserve sprawled across 137 undeveloped acres in the heart of town, popular among bird watchers and hikers for its unspoiled beauty. Physicians Park is the site of an ice skating rink in the winter, and hosts a "Music in the Park" series in July. The Sunday Farmers Market is celebrating its tenth summer as a favorite spot for fresh Michigan produce and local arts and crafts. Sprucing up downtown with new trees, pavers, and asphalt is but one way the Downtown Development Authority promotes, encourages, and supports new businesses. If you see yourself thriving in a vibrant community with small-town charm and easy access to the big city, check out our listings of homes for sale in Grand Blanc.