By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
Delhi Township’s home values and population continue to rise thanks to the reputation of Holt’s Public Schools and the great recreation options that are available in the area.
According to U.S. Census data, Delhi Township increased its house occupancy by 19 percent from 2000 to 2010. That was the biggest change of any township in Ingham County during that time span.
Not only does the population continue to go up, but the median value of owner-occupied housing units is higher in Holt than the state as a whole, according to Census data from 2010 to 2014.
“Its location, schools and then the amenities like trails are a big draw,” said C.J. Davis, Delhi Township Supervisor.
Being just outside of the capitol is one of the perks of living in Holt since society has become so mobilized, pointed out Jim Buxton, program instructor for Michigan State University Extension and licensed housing counselor.
“A lot of people don’t want to live in a bigger city, but Holt is close enough to be in touch still,” said Buxton.
Jeff Bone, sales manager at Century 21, also noted that Holt’s location can be considered a benefit.
“It’s just outside of a large city, so it’s still within convenience to reach whatever you need but you avoid some of the inherent problems of a big city,” said Bone.
Another factor to be considered when families are deciding to relocate is quality of schooling.
“Communities only grow through families. Our schools have always been rated well enough to attract families,” said Davis.
Holt’s local schools continue to push educational boundaries and provide their kids with a quality experience.
“People mainly want to move to Holt because of the school system. They have a good reputation, especially the high school,” said Bone.
Superintendent of Holt Public Schools Dr. David Hornak said that he believes his schools are innovative. Hornak points out Horizon Elementary in Holt is the longest running year-round school, having taught with a balanced calendar for 22 years. Hornak also serves as the Executive Director of the National Association for Year-Round Education.
“Kids lose a lot of what they learn over summer break. Then you have to spend time re-teaching the students,” said Hornak. “But overall I think we have the right teachers, programs and support system to help children become all they can be.”
Another great feature that Holt has to offer is the recreation in the area. The Ram, Valhalla and Sycamore trails along with the Valhalla, Kiwanis and Burchfield parks are all great options to go out and get some sunshine.
“Recreation in an area and walkability is a new standard that is being more widely considered,” said Buxton.
A trail that would connect Mason and Holt is hopeful to be completed down the line and would open up more housing opportunities in the area.
“Part of my dream is to connect Holt and Mason. Once we put a path there we will be closer to developing behind that trail,” said Davis. “Until then it will be a wooded area but a path will make that area more attractive to families who try to stay healthy.”
Locals have also taken notice of the steady growth and what makes this area so appealing.
“I think that Holt is an area that is growing because the real estate is fairly priced for the middle class and there is a good amount of space here,” said Rachel Leyrer, Floral Designer at Wild Strawberry & More in Holt.
Kristian Bullen, who grew up in East Lansing said, “It’s close to my family. I didn’t want to go too far. But I like Holt. I like the atmosphere. I think it’s a nice community.”
As the friendly confines of Holt continues to grow the variety of housing options also expands.
“We have houses that are bargain priced in some of the older neighborhoods and then there are very nice houses. It’s a strong possibility that Holt will even add a gated community down the line,” said Davis.
The variety of housing options in the area allows for families of all economic classes to be able to invest if they so desire, and a lot of times it is a smart investment.
“Property values in Holt are very stable and continue to rise,” said Bone.