South Bend Tribune “Streamlined approach to waterfront living” – By Gene Stowe

Streamlined approach to waterfront living – By Gene Stowe Tribune Correspondent

Against the tide of the real estate market, Paul DeLano’s Baldwin Landing development on Baldwin Lake has sold six houses for $580,000 to $800,000 in the last year.

That’s six of the eight waterfront homes sold in that price range — among more than 45 listed — in the area that includes Baldwin, Birch, Corey, Klinger, Long and Coverdale lakes.

DeLano, who owns Signature Development, says a sur­prising number of buyers have come from Michiana, with families from South Bend and Bristol recently, as well as the expected Chicago market.

“I was very encouraged to see the local buyers coming out,” he says. “We’re very enthusiastic and grateful that it’s gone as well as it has.

“The people that buy typically are business owners or professionals or they’re retired.”

That makes the develop­ment’s streamlined ap­proach to building and its maintenance-free, service full approach to lake living especially attractive. Ten homesites remain in the nine-acre, subdivision.

“The difference is that it’s lakefront, which is what the others have, but it’s new homes in a maintenance-free community,” says DeLano, who offers concierge service to keep boats full of gas and housecleaning when owners are out.

“If they wanted to buy a vacant piece of land – or typically people will buy a home and tear down – they will spend an additional $75,000 to $100,000 to build the quality we have, end when they are finished they’ll have to take care of it.”

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One of the Baldwin Landing homes on Baldwin Lake in Union is shown. The development has sold six of the homes for $580,000 to $800,000 within the last year.

Buyers can choose from predesigned floow plans, with minor modifications as desired, and select the siding, type of hardwood floor, color of wall paint and gran­ite countertops.

“It’s really a very simple process,” DeLano says. “People don’t want to have to go through and make too many choices. I live in the community and we have one builder that’s a general con­tractor. We send them regu­lar photos of how the con­struction process is going.”

A family from Chicago visited only three times in the process of building their recently finished home. Other buyers make regular weekend getaways during construction, boating and grilling while they inspect.

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