Waterfront retreat at Lake Chapin Shores a unique way to vacation at home
A heated swimming pool, docks and access to a 600-acre lake are just some of the attractions buyers find at Lake Chapin Shores in southwestern Michigan. Open floor plans, porches and lush greenery add to the serenity and enjoyment, inside and out, of this
The Wall Street Journal reports (May 2, 2012) that sales of second homes are picking up but with travel costs rising and consumers still uncertain about the economy, many buyers are snapping up properties closer to home.
Ninety minutes from Chicago, in southwest Michigan, a new lakeside community is attracting Midwesterners seeking a second home retreat and weekend getaway with all the comforts of home and none of the distractions.
Lake Chapin Shores sits on the water’s edge of a 600-acre, all-sports lake. Twenty-one homesites offer the opportunity to relax or to enjoy every variety of water sport and other outdoor activity just steps from the front door, surrounded by mature trees and quiet countryside. The community delivers a thoroughly rejuvenating getaway, with minimum effort and expense, within easy driving distance from Chicago.
Home owners create their home away from home with the features that accommodate their lifestyles. Each spacious home (sizes range from 1,300 to 3,400 square feet) is built with close cooperation between builder and buyer, to create the living space that maximizes lake and/or woodland views and follows the interests and needs of the home owner.
Each of the 12 home models includes options for outside color, customized open floor plans, gas or wood-burning fireplace, cherry or maple cabinetry, natural granite countertops and energy-efficient appliances. Home owners choose a combination of screened three-season porches and expansive decks.
To make Lake Chapin Shores a complete home-away-from-home getaway, the heated pool, docks and roadways and common areas are landscaped and well maintained, and there is a concierge option to help prepare the home and/or boat for each visit.
Families at Lake Chapin Shores have primary homes in Chicago and suburbs and Northern Indiana.
They identify some of the most popular features of their weekend getaway at Lake Chapin, such as scenic lakeside views and woodland privacy, heated pool overlooking the lake, screened porches and large decks with views of lake and/or woodlands, and open floor plans with large windows, high quality construction and appliances, lakefront dock and sports equipment storage options.
Other popular features include waterskiing, boating, fishing on the lakel; children’s playground, quiet country roads and quaint surrounding towns, first-rate restaurants nearby, and easy access to Michigan’s fabulous wine country.
Lake Chapin was created in 1908. A reservoir of the St. Joseph River, it is one of the least congested, tranquil lakes in southwestern Michigan. It is also one of the best steelhead, king salmon and smallmouth bass fisheries in the Midwest. In addition to the great fishing, owners enjoy a full range of water sports and boating. For cruising pleasure, owners take advantage of not only the three-mile-long lake itself, but also the eight-mile run up the river. The scenery is spectacular along the sparsely populated, forested river.
Plan a day trip to Lake Chapin Shores. Call 888-TO-MICHIGAN (888-866-4244) for an appointment to tour the community, see lakeside and woodland models and take a boat ride around Lake Chapin. 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 and a complete list of materials and specifications. Register at the Website for alerts on upcoming events, more information and pricing.