About St. Joseph
In St. Joseph, the lakefront, picturesque beaches and lush parks are a huge draw for residents and visitors, but the community is more than just fun in the sun.
Nestled on the southern tip of the region aptly dubbed the “the Riviera of the Midwest,” this fast-growing town founded in 1669 as a shipping community has become an affluent resort community with all the amenities of home.
Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph boasts a high-quality public-school system and an award-winning healthcare system in addition to its beautiful location along Lake Michigan.
Residents and visitors enjoy beaches, Lake Michigan, the St. Joseph River and a charming downtown area that has shopping and eclectic dining. The Margaret B. Upton Arboretum showcases the community’s artistic side with its many sculptures and park benches. The abundance of parks and recreational facilities offer fishing, boating and swimming.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Lake Bluff Park, Tiscornia Park and Silver Beach County Park, with sandy beaches, remarkable sand dune formations, picnic pavilions, the St. Joseph River and views of the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse. Silver Beach is also home to the iconic Silver Beach Carousel, composed of 48 magnificent, hand-carved menagerie figures, two chariots and over 1,000 twinkling lights. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the various festivals that St. Joseph hosts every year including the annual “Chalk the Block” art festival and live music at the Shadowland Pavilion.
Further inland, a lush countryside produces some of the nation's finest orchards and vineyards and even holds the title as the largest non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.
St. Joseph real estate includes housing styles that range from cozy Lake Michigan cottages and charming bungalows to modern homes and waterfront mansions.
Close proximity to Interstate 94 offers easy travel to Chicago and Detroit, and Amtrak runs a daily route between Grand Rapids and Chicago. Twin Cities Area Transportation Authority (TCATA) provides public transport throughout the area.