Lake Chapin Shores hosts popular lifestyle changes

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Age 55-plus homebuyers are looking for a second or retirement home, and they want it the way they want it ... with the open space, scenery, amenities like pools and decks, and the area attractions they fill their needs and wants. | SUPPLIED PHOTOS

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Older and better, active and fit are common characteristics of the growing population of those 55 and older. This lively, engaged group wants more with less. They want more opportunity to enjoy a full, active life and they want a lot less hassle and home maintenance to get in the way.

Growing numbers of vital and vibrant “55s” are choosing to the move to communities that can meet their changing needs. reported that 11 percent of this group said they planned to buy a different home within the next three years, and those who moved were happier than those who stayed put. Especially noteworthy is that people who made short-distance moves, getting away but staying near family and friends, were the happiest of all.

To accommodate their changing lifestyle, many of this boomer generation are exchanging their place in the suburbs or city for a dream house/second home in the country that gives them the benefit of flexible, open floor plans and maintenance-free living in a secure community, surrounded by scenic views and plenty of options for activities they enjoy. They also want the value and financial security of investing in a successful development.

Lake Chapin Shores in southwest Michigan is a great example of the type of the lifestyle destination the new “older and active” generation is looking for: a beautiful waterfront community located on 600-acre all-sports Lake Chapin, just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago.

Homeowners in this lakeside retreat enjoy privacy with spectacular views, boating, water sports and great fishing. The convenience of services including year-round maintenance of the roadways, docks, common area landscaping and a maintained and a heated pool makes living easy. Even easier is having a concierge option to prepare the home and/or boat for a family reunion, holiday party or other special events.

In addition to the abundant lake and community activities, owners who enjoy an involved lifestyle find plenty to keep busy with scenic vineyards and world-class wineries, fine-dining restaurants, public and country club golf, scenic hiking and biking trails, casinos, unique antique shops and markets all nearby. Local towns host a variety of festivals, art shows and celebrations all summer long.

Lake Chapin Shores homeowners Laura and Brett said when they priced other available homes in the area, they found Lake Chapin Shores’ value “irresistible,” both in terms of quality construction, home-away-from home comfort and convenience and reliable support system.

Homes at Lake Chapin Shores range from 1,300 to 3,200 square feet of contemporary living space (not including decks and porches), with cherry or maple cabinetry, choice of natural granite countertops and energy efficient appliances. Each of the 12 home models includes open floor plans, with cozy gas or wood-burning fireplace with screened porches and expansive decks.

High quality materials and equipment are selected for quiet efficiency, durability and the need for little or no maintenance. Low-maintenance decking 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 finish requires little upkeep.

For people looking a few years down the road at retirement, investing in a lake home in a successful community ranks very high as a priority. Lake Chapin Shores clearly fits into this category as it is already two thirds sold with only six home sites left to build that dream home.

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 community, discuss building and financing options, view a model home and take a boat ride around Lake Chapin.