Lake Chapin Shores offers water, woods and vacation lifestyle
Balconies or decks provide scenice views of the 600-acre all-sports Lake Chapin. | SUPPLIED PHOTO
By now, many in the Chicago area has heard actor Tim Allen’s soothing voiceover coaxing a vast audience to visit “Pure Michigan.”
The popular ad campaign for Michigan has lured Chicago-area residents across the border to enjoy beach weekends, wine tours and golf, skiing and boating, fishing and romantic holidays. In the last four years, an increasing population of Illinois residents has invested in second homes in Michigan to give their families the advantage of a more permanent getaway year-round without big travel expense.
One of the most scenic and desirable spots for a second home or vacation retreat has proven to be Lake Chapin Shores, a combination lake and woods property located on Lake Chapin in Southwest Michigan.
A 90-minute drive from Chicago, for example, delivers Michigan’s promise of feeling like you’re a million miles from schedules, chores and the daily grind, immersed instead in the middle of country fresh air, water, woods; enjoying “a different state of mind.”
Lake Chapin Shores is a quiet country paradise, easy to get to through gently rolling countryside and two-lane roads shared with the occasional farm vehicle, cyclist or horseback rider. The backdrop of 600-acre all-sports Lake Chapin offers incomparable sight lines from 10 lakefront properties, plus five hilltop sites and six more locations tucked more privately into the woods.
Two model homes offer a glimpse into possibilities for vacation convenience, amenities and four-season fun, while the Website at www.LakeChapinShores.com illustrates all the unique features of 12 separate home designs from which to choose. Each home option emphasizes convenience and low maintenance, an open floor plan, outdoor views from each level and screened porches and expansive decks.
Homes are designed to meet the needs of any size family, from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet of comfortable living space (not including decks and porches) with cozy fireplaces, cherry or maple cabinetry, natural granite countertops and energy-efficient appliances. A heated swimming pool, lake-front dock, children’s playground and sports equipment storage and concierge service options are just some of the available amenities.
Lake Chapin Shores offes boating, fishing or strolling the shoreline, a day at the pool, an afternoon wine-tasting at one of the areas many wineries, an evening at the fire pit roasting marshmallows or spending some time on the deck with friends.
Barbara and Ken were the first homeowners here and loved it more each year since 2008 when they moved in. They said the home design, materials and workmanship are top notch. The builder is a certified “green” professional, and they liked the close supervision that focused on quality and accountability every step of the way.
Gary and Cheryl chose a lake front setting for their home site. They said their kids love the s place and it is beautiful, safe and private. The heated pool overlooking the lake gives them all a great spot to be together as a family, and the nature trails and wetlands conservation show something new every time they visit.
Take a 90-minute day trip to SW Michigan the next nice weekend to explore and experience the options for fun and leisure in a second-home getaway. Sample the area’s small beach communities, first-rate restaurants, 10 local wineries, country clubs and public golf courses, antique and art galleries and shops. Or satisfy your curiosity by calling Paul or Steve at 1-888-866-4244.