Why Choose a Home in a Community?

So you've decided to invest in your family and buy a vacation home for all the right reasons. Now comes what should be an easy decision: "Do I buy a nice cottage in a regular neighborhood or one in a planned community development?" Here are ten reasons we think a community is the wisest choice.

1.  Maintain home value. In a community, there are guidelines to make sure your neighbors keep up their homes' maintenance and curb appeal.  In a community, there's no one parking their old cars or motor homes in their front yard, piling up junk on the side of their house or building a shed out of scrap lumber.  Community rules ensure that all homes are kept up, which maintains the value of the surrounding homes.

2.  Have more fun. There's simply more to do with our heated pool, fire pit, sundeck, playground and trails through the woods -- all things that come with a vacation home which is part of a community.

3.  Less maintenance.  A pool is fun, but also a lot of work. You have the fun, we'll do the work. We'll also make sure the streets are plowed, the common area landscaping is looking good, the playground is taken care of and the garbage gets picked up.  With our private community septic system there's no septic field in your yard so you don't have to deal with any of those issues.

4.  Communities look better.  With a planned community, all the homes have the same look and feel but allow for individual creativity as well.  The end result is that communities simply look better. 

5.  You actually own more.  With a community, you own your home and yard but also have ownership interest in the acres of common area, pool, playground, private septic system and even the roads.

6.  People with similar interests.  Residents who buy in the same community often times have similar interests. Chances are good there's always someone up for a round of golf, going after one of the trophy fish from our world class fishing spots, checking out a new restaurant, museum, festival or winery. 

7.  Concierge service.  Many of our communities have a Concierge on call to make your time at your lake home the best it can be. A small sampling of what they can do to free up your time to spend having fun:  Everything from gassing up your boat, to planning a party, having your fridge stocked for you before you arrive, meeting a delivery or arranging to have your home cleaned.  Basically, anything you need to make your stay more enjoyable.

8.  We'll take care of you. We have an association Manager who checks on the community at least once a week, makes sure the bills get paid, the pool gets opened up on time, and manages all the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds. 

9.  Come for the peace, stay for the party.  Sometimes you want a party, sometimes you want peace and quiet. At our lake home communities, you can have both.  With large lots and a wooded setting, you can enjoy a peaceful weekend in your own backyard or grab some neighbors and have a party at the pool, or enjoy a nighttime bonfire.
10. You deserve it.  Let's face it. You worked hard to be in a position to buy a lake home.  Buy one that offers you the most enjoyment for you and your family. 

The best way to see the difference a community can make is to come take a quick tour of one of Lakeside Properties' southwest Michigan communities and experience it yourself. So make plans to bring the family and spend the day with us. Use our heated pool, playground, barbeque area, and take a ride with your family on our 21' pontoon boat to see spectacular, all sport Lake Chapin. Call now to make arrangements at 888.866.4244 or write to us.