Lake Chapin Shores may be an answer to housing ‘what next?’
Half of the nearly 81 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 that comprise the Baby Boom generation (about 26 percent of the population according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 survey findings) are thinking about moving.
According to a recent article at HomeSight.com on retirement trends, 59 percent of younger Boomers (ages 41 to 49), 50 percent of older Boomers plan to buy a new home for their retirement, and nearly half (47 percent) who will move say staying within three hours of family would be an important consideration about where to relocate.
Other empty-nesters are choosing to purchase vacation homes in locations where they may like to live permanently.
Boomers in the Midwest have some great options if they are looking at second homes within easy driving distance, that can become their primary residence when they are ready to downsize or retire, and can serve as a comfortable vacation opportunity for the whole family in the meantime.
A good example of second homes in a new community that are built to accommodate a changing family size and active lifestyle is located just 90 minutes from Chicago, in southwest Michigan: Lake Chapin Shores.
Ranging from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet of contemporary living space on one to three levels (not including decks and porches) the homes at Lake Chapin Shores offer a great deal: flexible, open floor plans, maintenance-free living, a secure community, scenic views of the 600-acre all-sports lake, and plenty of options for outdoor activities and social networking.
Lake Chapin Shores’ homeowners Carole and Gary say that “it was a family decision to build. Our kids are grown with families of their own, so we asked them if we build it, will they use it. They do.”
Couples at Lake Chapin Shores are finding a safe haven for quality time together, including dinners for two at local dining spots, a cruise on the lake or a walk along the shore, a dip in the pool, golf at local country clubs or public courses, a tour of the county’s wineries, or bike-riding along tranquil country roads.
For children and grandchildren, there is a playground, heated swimming pool, dockside fishing and plenty to do in the surrounding area, including beaches, ice cream parlors, sandwich and pastry shops, kayaking, bike-riding and every type of vacation-time sport year ‘round. A concierge service is available to help homeowners prepare for special events such as family reunions and holiday parties.
The Lake Chapin Shores hideaway features 21 homesites, each with a different elevation and panoramic views, direct lake access, and a variety of floor plan choices with 12 flexible construction design options geared to convenient, hassle-free living.
Each model includes an open floor plan, cherry or maple kitchen cabinetry, choice of natural granite countertops, energy-efficient appliances, gas or wood-burning fireplace, and terrific views with screened porches and expansive decks.
Models are adapted to fit the specific needs of individual owners by Fenner Homes, a certified “green builder.” Materials and equipment are selected for quiet efficiency, durability and the need for little or no maintenance.
Plan the short trip to southwest Michigan and Lake Chapin Shores. Call 888-TO-MICHIGAN (888-866-4244) for an appointment to tour the community, the two model homes (lakefront and woodland) and take a boat ride around the lake. Visit the Website at www.LakeChapinShores.com for a look at each of 12 model home options, photos and video of Lake Chapin Shores living, as well as a complete list of materials and specifications.