PHOTO GALLERY: Low-maintenance at Lake Chapin Shores fits boomer lifestyles

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Second-home owners are typically baby boomers, nearly half of whom were seeking a waterfront alternative to their primary residences in the suburbs, according to the National Association of Realtors. Couples in their 50’s and 60’s say they have two considerations at the top of their list when looking for a second home, a family retreat and a future primary residence.

MetLlife’s Mature Market Institute found that a large and growing number of baby boomers are choosing to the move to communities that meet their changing needs. reported that 11 percent of those aged 55 to 64 said they planned to buy a different home within the next three years, and that folks who had moved as part of a retirement plan were happier than those who stayed put. Those who made short-distance moves, staying near family and friends, were the happiest of all.

Lake Chapin Shores is one example of the kind of lifestyle destination Baby Boomers look for in a second home investment. It is a quiet waterfront community located on three-mile-long, all-sports Lake Chapin, just 90 minutes’ drive from downtown Chicago. Homeowners in this community enjoy privacy with spectacular views, boating and water sports, as well as the convenience of community services. This includes year-round maintenance of the heated pool, docks and roadways, common area landscaping, and concierge options to prepare the home and/or boat for a family reunion, holiday party or other special event.

Homes at Lake Chapin Shores are built to accommodate any size family, ranging from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet of contemporary living space, not including decks and porches. They include cherry or maple cabinetry, buyer’s choice of natural granite countertops, and energy-efficient appliances. Each of the 12 home models includes an open floor plan, gas or wood-burning fireplace, screened porch, and expansive deck.

Models can be adapted to fit the specific interests of individual owners. Fenner Homes is a certified “green” builder and an expert in helping buyers realize their vision of living space that meets their lifestyle requirements.

“I feel it’s important to take the time to talk with owners so that I completely understand their needs and wants, and then it’s my job to help them make their dreams for a second home become a reality,” said Greg Fenner.

Materials and equipment are high quality, selected for quiet efficiency, durability and the need for little or no maintenance. Low-maintenance decking, for example, never needs staining like wooden decks. Landmark Architectural roofing shingles deliver the cottage-style weathered wood look, yet carry a 30-year warranty. Pella windows and doors are energy efficient. Natural cedar, pre-stained siding in the owner’s choice of colors and finish requires little maintenance.

Nature-inspired landscaping around the common areas complements the relaxed surroundings, and are maintained as one of many community services.

Visit the Website at for a look at each of 12 model home options, photos and videos of Lake Chapin Shores living and a complete list of materials and specifications.

Call 888-TO-MICHIGAN (888-866-4244) for an appointment to tour the community and discuss financing options, walk around the community and see lakeside and woodland models, and take a boat ride around Lake Chapin.