Lake Chapin Shores touts vacation living

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The market share of people buying investment and second homes has reached its highest level since 2005, according to the recent 2012 study by the National Association of Realtors. And 8 out of 10 second home buyers say now is the right time to buy. Mortgage rates are at near record lows and pricing is right. Empty-nesters are acting now and seizing the opportunity to create a new lifestyle in an ideal second home market.

The kids are gone and many are using their new freedom to re-evaluate their priorities. As a result, they are increasingly making the transition to active, but low-maintenance living. To accommodate changing lifestyles, many are exchanging their house in the suburbs or city for a home in the country that gives them the benefit of a more flexible, open floor plan and maintenance-free living in a secure community, surrounded by scenic views and plenty of options for activities they enjoy. All at just the right time to take advantage of the best second home market they are likely to experience.

Sitting on a 600-acre all-sports lake in Michigan’s Harbor Country, just 90 minutes from Chicago, Lake Chapin Shores combines lakeside living and easy maintenance into a dream vacation and/or retirement home. Weekends once spent with the kids turn into time for each other ... intimate dinners for two at local fine dining spots, a cruise or fishing on the quiet lake or a walk along its shore, a dip in the pool, golf at local country clubs or public courses, a tour of the neighboring wineries or bike-riding along country roads. That means there is also plenty to do when the grandchildren or weekend guests visit.

The quiet Lake Chapin Shores hideaway features 21 home sites, each with a different elevation and panoramic views, direct lake access, heated pool, a variety of floor plan choices from 1,300 square feet to 3,400 square feet and 12 construction design options geared to convenient, hassle-free living.

Homeowners create their home with features to accommodate their lifestyle. Each spacious home 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 homeowner. Each of the 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. Homeowners choose a combination of screened three-season porches and expansive decks.

Materials and equipment are high quality, selected for quiet efficiency, durability and the need for little or no maintenance. Maintenance free decking, for example, never needs staining or sealing. Landmark Architectural Shingles deliver cottage style weathered wood roofing with a 30-year warranty. Pella windows are energy efficient. Cast iron drops between first and second levels insulate sound between floors. Natural cedar, pre-stained siding in the owner’s choice of colors and finish requires little maintenance. Landscaped common areas are maintained as one of many community services and a concierge service is also available to help homeowners prepare for special events such as family reunions and holiday parties

Visit the Website at 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. Call 888-TO-MICHIGAN (888-866-4244) for an appointment to tour the Lake Chapin Shores community, see the beautiful woodland model, take a boat ride around Lake Chapin and explore the wonderful surrounding countryside.