Stevensville, Michigan is a larger village of just over 1,000 citizens, in Berrien County on the Lake Michigan shore. Stevensville is located approximately midway between the smaller Harbor Country villages of Sawyer, Harbert and the city of St. Joseph. It is therefore perfectly placed for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the quiet, unspoiled delights of the lakeshore villages, but also be close to the facilities and attractions of a larger city.
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Stevensville was founded by wealthy landowner Thomas Stevens, and incorporated in 1893. The village initially grew up around a railroad depot, serving one of Michigan's major industries of the period, fruit production. Today, the village is home to numerous restaurants, cafes, hotels, art galleries and boutique stores, in addition to a museum, numerous picturesque parks and the usual amenities of a larger village. One of these restaurants, Tosi's, has been in operation for over 70 years and is known as one of the premier restaurants in south-west Michigan. The founder of Tosi's said, "Choose only the finest basic ingredients to prepare your cuisine, serve it efficiently in a pleasant atmosphere, and love your fellow man," and the establishment still operates by this mantra, serving a wide range of Italian specialities. The famous Red Arrow Highway runs through Stevensville, with its incredible number of quality art galleries, antique stores and unique shops and restaurants.
The Stevensville area is a true paradise for the arts and antiques lover, and there are also numerous fairs and festivals throughout the year. From farmers' markets to arts festivals and nearby St. Joseph's famous summer Venetian Festival with music, food and more, there is something for all the family, whatever the time of year. If you prefer to spend your free and family time in more active pastimes, Stevensville also has much to offer. There are many clubs and facilities for all interests and ages, including bowling at Lakeshore Lanes and roller skating at Lakeshore Roller World. This has skating sessions for all ages, for family skating to Top 40 tunes to Ladies' Night and even Gospel Night, when you can skate your cares away to the wonderfully inspiring sound of genuine Gospel Music.
Right in the village of Stevensville is the park of Glenlord Beach. This peaceful, unspoilt area is free to visit, and is the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy the stunning sunsets over Lake Michigan. This beach is very family friendly, with bathrooms and an observation deck, and in the summer you can even swim in Lake Michigan. Just to the south of Stevensville, on the lakeshore, is the beautiful Grand Mere State Park. This spectacular part covers nearly 1000 acres, with a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline. Behind the sandy beach and dunes lie three inland lakes, in what is an incredibly beautiful, undeveloped area that is being preserved for future generations in its unspoilt magnificence. Grand Mere State Park offers opportunities for hiking, hunting, swimming and metal detecting, with cross-country skiing in winter, and is wonderful for all the family.
Summer temperatures in Stevensville are comfortable, with daily average temperatures in the mid-70's. In winter, daytime temperatures average in the mid-20's, but with over 18 inches of snow per month in December and January, this is a perfect time for winter sports, such as snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.
It's not only the outdoor, recreational opportunities and safety that make this village perfect for families. Stevensville offers three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, in addition to two private elementary schools. Lakeshore High School is renowned for its softball team, which is often a contender for the state championship. For college education, Andrews University (a small college with around 2000 students) is only around 10 miles away in Berrien Springs. Several other larger universities and colleges are in easy reach of Stevensville, such the University of Notre Dame, and campuses of Indiana University and Purdue University. All three of these respected colleges are within around 30 miles of Stevensville. Of course, in addition to the wide range of educational opportunities offered, these institutions are major employers.
The majority of Stevensville's population is of German, Irish or English descent. Unemployment is significantly below national average, and the percentage of residents living below the poverty line is much lower in Stevensville than the rest of the state of Michigan. The number of road traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities is also significantly below average for Michigan.
Stevensville is just 60 miles from Chicago, and the city is easily reached from I-94. Another large city within close driving distance is South Bend, Indiana, which is located just 27 miles to the southeast. These cities offer plentiful employment, shopping, sports, arts and educational opportunities, either for day trips with family and friends, or for regular commuting. If you prefer the convenience of train travel, there are three Amtrak stations within 20 miles of Stevensville.
Median Home Price - $149,465
Schools – Stevensville is served by neighboring elementary, middle and high schools.
Hospitals - There are three hospitals serving the Stevensville area.
Emergency Services – There are local police, fire and ambulance services throughout the Harbert area.
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