Hi, I’m Rachel Zylstra.
West Michigan Real Estate Agent & Uptown Neighborhood Specialist.
I grew up in Michigan and fondly remember trips to Grand Rapids when I was a child. In 1994 I moved to Grand Rapids to attend Calvin College and fell in love; with a boy and a city. My husband Mike and I have built our lives in Grand Rapids ever since, raising two sons here. The oldest is continuing his education in Nautical Archaeology and the other is in high school and still figuring himself out!
My career started off in early childhood education and social work where I had to opportunity to advocate for low income parents and their children. Then, in 2005, I opened Hopscotch children’s store in East Hills, a culmination of my passion for local communities, early childhood play, handmade items and a desire to live more connected and sustainable lifestyle. During this time I served on many neighborhood committees and was involved in many projects within the community. After twelve years of owning and operating Hopscotch, we sold the business to wonderful new owners and started my next chapter in life in Real Estate.
I am excited to be back as a Neighborhood Specialist in Uptown, connecting with the community and helping people find their dream home in such a dynamic community. My passion for bringing people together, historical homes, neighborhoods and living an intentional lifestyle is what draws me to this area. My heart belongs to Uptown 🙂
As an agent I excel at listening, objectively assessing situations and focusing on solutions. I have an eye for detail and whether you’re buying our selling, I can help you see the possibilities in a home. I am not just limited to working Uptown either, I appreciate the varied characteristics of communities as much as I do people and would love to help you find the right one for you! There are many wonderful communities in and around Grand Rapids and I am also very familiar with the Montague/Whitehall and Traverse City areas if you are looking for a lake home!
I’ve love to meet and hear your story. Click the link to join our facebook group or contact me by filling out the form below.