‘Older’ means ‘better’ at Lake Chapin Shores

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Lake Chapin Shores in southwest Michigan allows homeowners and their families to enjoy whatever level of activity they want, whether it be swimming, boating, fishing, touring the area, or just relaxing and enjoying the specatcular views. | SUPPLIED PHOT

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Once upon a time, turning 55 or 60 meant you were “old,” and might spend your remaining years sitting on the porch watching the world go by.

Times have changed. The first wave of retiring Baby Boomers is insisting on living healthier, more active and longer lives. There isn’t much they can’t do or won’t try. Whether it’s walking, running, biking, tennis, golf or touring the quiet back roads, visiting vineyards and wineries, testing fine new restaurants, spending a day at an art show or in quaint antique galleries ... they want life at its fullest.

To fully enjoy the prime years, many of the “55’s” are exchanging their homes in the suburbs or city for a dream house in the country. And they know what they want: flexible, open floor plans, maintenance-free living in a secure community, plenty of options for activities they enjoy, scenic views and an all-sports lake.

In the last four years, an increasing number of Illinois residents has invested in second/retirement homes in Southwest Michigan, taking advantage of the lifestyle opportunities and beautiful surroundings while staying close to family and friends.

One of the most scenic and desirable spots for that second home or retirement haven is Lake Chapin Shores, a combination lake and woods property located on Lake Chapin in Southwest Michigan, just a 90-minute drive from Chicago.

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 privately into the woods.

Each of 12 separate home designs emphasizes convenience and low maintenance, an open floor plan, outdoor views from each level and easy access to screened porches and expansive decks. Homes are designed to meet the needs of any lifestyle, and range 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.

Owners at Lake Chapin Shores are finding a safe haven for quality time together and are creating new memories for themselves and their families. Dinner for two at local fine dining spots, a cruise on the lake or a walk along its 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 keep couples active and engaged.

For children and grandchildren, Lake Chapin Shores has a playground, heated 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.

Materials and equipment are high quality, and are 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 are energy efficient. Natural cedar, pre-stained siding in the owner’s choice of colors and finishes requires little maintenance. Nature-inspired landscaping around each cottage perimeter and natural stone driveways and pathways complement the relaxed surroundings.

“I think the best feature about Lake Chapin Shores is that the homes are beautifully built with super high quality. The back of our home facing the lake and up on the bluff give us a stunning view with a ‘wow factor’,” said one homeowner.

Prospective buyers can take the short 90-minute day trip to southwest Michigan to see for themselves. Call 888-TO-MICHIGAN (888-866-4244) for an appointment to tour the community, discuss building and financing options. 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.