Lake Lifestyle Blog

4 Reasons to Build a Custom Home on Your Lake Lot

Once you find your perfect lot, the next step is to start to build your dream home. Here are a few things to consider when deciding the direction to go when building. We suggest going the custom route in our communities. Here’s why: 1. Builder......

How to Find the Perfect Lot for Your Dream Home

Building your dream home is an exciting undertaking that truly takes time, thought, and energy. But one of the most critical decisions is: Where should we build? Here’s a quick guide to narrowing down all the options and finding the perfect lot for your dream......

Living Off Water in a Lakefront Community

We often talk about lakefront living, but did you know we also have many off-water lots available? All of our communities have lots that are not on the water (but have water access if you want it). That way, you get to have all the benefits......

Questions to Ask Your Realtor When Buying Land

Buying land can be a different challenge compared to buying an already-constructed home. Make sure to ask these questions to cover all your bases and make sure you know everything you need to know before you build. While some of these questions may seem obvious......

How to De-Winterize Your Home

Spring’s just around the corner and that means warmer weather, more time outside and better environment for lake activities! It also means taking a few hours to de-winterize your home for the season. Here’s a few things to make sure you cover all your bases......

How to Find the Right Realtor for You

If you’re looking to find the perfect property, it truly starts with finding the right Realtor for you. Here are a few tips for finding the agent who will represent you well in the homebuying process....

Ice Fishing on the Lake

The holidays are over, but winter has only just begun. While you might be yearning for sunny summer days, there is still plenty to do outdoors during the colder months–including ice fishing! When the weather is right, you will find plenty of fishermen trekking through......

How to Find Your Perfect Custom Home Builder

When building a custom home, there are tons of options to consider, but it all starts with choosing the right builder. Here are some ways to help you pick the perfect builder for your custom home on the lake: Ask experts: Many realtors have connections......

New Trends in Building: Craftsman Homes

The real estate market is ever evolving and a new trend in custom home building is the craftsman home. The History of Craftsman Homes The “Craftsman” home typically is viewed to have originated in Southern California around the turn of the 20th century and is......

New Years 2017 Local Events

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning what you’re going to do to ring in 2017! CCA New Years Party 2017 Location: Indiana Roof Ballroom Cost: $100-$150 Ring in the New Year at one of Indianapolis’ iconic locations,......

Hostess Gift Ideas

We all know how much care, planning and cleaning it takes to open your home to others–especially during the holidays. Show your appreciation by bringing along a hostess gift. All out of creative gift ideas after you’ve worked through your holiday shopping lists? No need......

Hosting a Successful Cookie Swap

A holiday cookie swap is a wonderful tradition to get your friends or loved ones together. It’s simply a party where each guest brings enough cookies to share with everyone else. At your party, everyone has a chance to sample treats, swap with one another,......

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter Months

The winter months are coming up and it’s often times viewed as one of the less desirable times to put your home on the market, but you can help your home stand apart and benefit from the winter months with a few simple tips. 1. ......

December Winter Celebrations 2016

Winter always brings lots of activity and buzz around town. Be sure to check out some of these events with your family! Indy’s Circle of Lights Although this one is in November, a winter calendar for Indy wouldn’t be complete without this event! Many Indy......

Making Thanksgiving Less Stressful

The holidays are supposed to be a time when we can relax and enjoy time with loved ones. However, all too often they become frenzied and stressful. Make this year the exception. Here are 5 tips to make your Thanksgiving run smoother. 1. Write Out......

Useful Kitchen Upgrades when Building a New Home

One of the benefits of building rather than buying is that you are able to truly create the home of your dreams. There are so many options to consider when planning your ideal space, and the kitchen is no exception. Homeowners are always coveting kitchens with......

Halloween Safety Tips

As your family prepares to celebrate Halloween night, take note of the following quick tips to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe. You’ll be sure to enjoy a night full of treats and devoid of any nasty tricks! Costume Safety One of the best......

Top 5 Issues that Commonly Appear on Home Inspections

When you’ve finally agreed upon a price and terms, one of the last variables left in a real estate transaction is the inspection – one bad item and the whole deal could fall apart. In order to avoid this, we’ve compiled a list of the......

Family Friendly Halloween Fun 2016

The Indianapolis area offers many family friendly Halloween activities, sure to entertain everyone in family. Here are a few of our favorites: Children’s Museum Haunted House: Cursed Castle This year the Children’s Museum becomes a Cursed Castle! A once stately fortress has been overrun by......

5 Fall Porch Decorating Ideas

In the summer you’re likely to be spending most of your time on the back deck enjoying the water. However, the fall ushers in a season of indoor entertaining and provides you the perfect opportunity to focus on your front porch. Here are 5 ideas......

Apple Pie Recipe

With colder nights right around the corner, you may want to hold on to this recipe for a couple more weeks – homemade apple pie. Nothing beats apple pie, especially with fall right around the corner. Here’s a recipe to help make you enjoy it......

How to Get Kids Started Fishing

  When on the lake, fishing can be a great activity to relax and enjoy the outdoors. To help your children enjoy fishing on the lake, here are a few of our tips to make it enjoyable all around....

Fall Festivities for September 2016

With fall right around the corner, make some time to enjoy the weather and these great local events: Indy Irish Fest September 15-18th Historic Military Park Celebrate the 21st annual Irish Fest! The annual festival is an opportunity to share Irish heritage during a weekend......

Creating a Homework Station

It’s back to school time, and your kids are working hard all day in their classroom. Your little (and not so little) ones deserve a quiet and comfortable homework area to come home to. You can show them that their school work matters by taking......

Top Places to Eat in Indiana with Gorgeous Lake Views

With schools starting to get back in session, take a night out with the family at one of these restaurants on one of the many local lakes. Enjoy a lovely view and great food before the school year gets into full swing. Wolfie’s Grill, Noblesville,......

Keeping Your Family Safe on the Boat

Even though school’s back in session, Indiana will continue to enjoy warm weekend weather–perfect for boating. As you load up your family for a fun afternoon out on the lake, it is important to abide by safe boating practices. Keep your loved ones protected out......

Recipe: BBQ Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a summer classic, especially here in Indiana. But sometimes it just needs a bit of a twist. Check out this recipe for BBQ Corn on the Cob:...

7 Features of a Well Stocked Guest Bathroom

Taking the time to make sure your guest room is well stocked shows how much you care about your guests. But don’t neglect the bathroom. Making sure the bathroom for your guests is well stocked helps avoid any uncomfortable situations and shows you are willing......

Recipe: Watermelon Mint Salad

Salads are always a great, refreshing dish for the summer and this watermelon mint salad is sure keep you cool before heading out on the water....

What is SPF?

Lake living means you’ll be spending plenty of time in the sun. Water can reflect the sun’s damaging rays onto your skin and wash off sunscreen more quickly. Also, swimsuits and summer clothes offer much less protection from the sun. So, it’s important to make......

7 Features of a Well Stocked Guest Room

Owning a home on the lake ensures that you’ll have a welcome stream of family and friends visiting for the weekend. Taking the time to make sure your guest room is well stocked shows how much you care about your visitors. With a few simple......

4th of July Celebrations-2016

Independence Day celebrations are always an exciting part of summer when you live on the lake. Classic barbeques, picnics, boating adventures and lakeside activities are made even more memorable when you end the night with fireworks. 4th of July weekend is one of the best......

Lake Safety for Kids

Lake living provides wonderful opportunities for kids to stay entertained and active all summer. And spending hours on the lake will undoubtedly become a treasured childhood memory. As the temperatures creep up, kids spend more time cooling off by the lake. However, water can be......

Recipe: Incredible Crab Cakes

With summer rolling in, everyone gets in the seafood mood. Check out this great crab cake recipe that you can serve warm or room temperature – great for bringing along on the boat in the evening!...

Picking the Right Boat for Your Lifestyle

One of the best perks of living on a lake is boating on a beautiful day. But there are tons of types of boats out there, all for different purposes, so where does one start? For the fisherman or dedicated water-skier there are obvious choices,......

The Right Towel To Keep On Your Boat

Towels may not be the most alluring subject to read about; however, if you have ever find yourself with the wrong towel for a given scenario it may be a more uncomfortable experience than you could have expected. For example, watching your five year old......

5 Tips for Your Indy 500 Visit

The Indy 500 is the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and an annual tradition for race fans and many Hoosiers. This year is certainly no exception. As the Indy 500 celebrates its 100th running, there’s even more reason to join in the festivities. To make the......

Crappie Fish Fry Recipe

One of the greatest benefits of living lakeside is the surplus of fresh fish found in Geist Reservoir that can be caught, filleted, and eaten. A fish consumption advisory provided by DNR officers can be found here. The most popular local water subsisting delicacy is the Crappie.......

How to Maintain Your Dock So It Lasts for Years

Owning your own dock enables boat owners unrivaled ease of use for their greatest aquatic asset, their boat. Nothing beats rolling out of bed in the morning, throwing on a bathing suit, grabbing a banana off the countertop, walking barefoot across the naturally heated wood planks......

4 Tips To Help You De-Winterize Your Boat

Getting your boat ready for spring is an exciting process, but if you’re not careful that excitement can turn bitter in a flash. Below are a few simple steps to keep your summer on the water as enjoyable as possible....

Entertaining On The Lake

One of the biggest perks I often discuss with potential customers is the many opportunities lake homeowners have to entertain. Having a home on the water is unique in the Midwest and especially in Central Indiana. With Lake Clearwater in Anderson and Geist and Morse......

Home Building

As home buying and building season is now well underway, many potential home buyers are facing the question whether they should buy an existing home or build a custom one. There are many perks on both sides, although building a custom home seems to far......

Lakefront vs. Off Water Living

You might be thinking the question posed by this blog title has an obvious answer and in some ways it does. The biggest difference between living lakefront or off water is indeed the lake, but there are many more differences between the two. Besides having......

Activities On The Lake

One of the many perks of living on the lake is the many activities there are to do. Below are some of our favorite things to do on the lake. Want some exercise? Run through the neighborhoods or on the trails. Better yet, get a......

Getting The Best View

What kind of view do you want in the morning, afternoon, or evening from the comfort of your home? Do you want to see the sun rising each day? Or it setting? These are questions you will want to consider when looking at lots and......