3427 Lake Chapin Drive, Berrien Springs MI

About the House

waterfront cottage on Lake Chapin, Berrien SpringsThe Hawk’s Glen model is a two story lake home with a full walk-out basement, finished on the walk-out half with two additional double beds. The walkout wall consists primarily of four large Pella sash windows, a sliding glass door and a row of highlight windows above, looking out to a an unobstructed view of the trees and woods as far as you can see. The majority of the ceilings throughout the home are 9’, including the finished portion of the basement.The unfinished portion of the basement consists of more usable space as well as added shelving and poles for clothing and other storage and a full refrigerator freezer and a smaller drink refrigerator. Finally, there is another large area containing a well-furnished workshop. The workshop area has three sides of upper and lower cabinets, countertops, peg boards, abundant power outlets and additional fluorescent lighting, along with a great deal of floor to ceiling shelving and a lumber storage area.

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The upper level features a penthouse bedroom with its own private full bath and a privacy-walled loft area that was expanded beyond the standard model to allow room for an office or extra bedroom, or even both through the use of a sleeper sofa. The loft, like the penthouse bedroom, has its own Pella easy-open casement window.

Changes from the standard floor plan on the main level include a very large, expanded foyer with its own front closet and additional storage under a bench furniture piece with hanging hooks and a display shelf above. The powder room was also enlarged to include a grout-free, low maintenance shower with a glass door. Hidden behind a double panel door in the same area is a Whirlpool stackable washer and dryer. The airy master bedroom suite features a glass door opening to its own private deck with glass railings. It has large windows on the opposite wall, privacy windows above the bed wall and a full bath with oversized 16” ceramic tile.

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The standard floor plan provides for a large covered deck accessible from the back of the main level. However, this model extended the deck with an open grilling section of deck, which runs past the full width of the back of the home. The original covered portion and the expanded deck both feature modern, view enhancing glass and cedar railings. The grilling deck, in turn, is connected to another added option to the original model – a fully screened in dining porch. The porch has an overhead fan and light and hidden, indirect sconce lighting running inside the perimeter of its privacy wall. This porch is also accessible through an added Pella sliding door directly from the kitchen/dining area.

The highlight of this home’s open floor plan features a great room comprised of the kitchen, dining area, living room and a high end, “instant on” gas fireplace with a dry stack, ledge stone wall and hearth. It’s fan level is adjustable, and provides a great deal of quick, additional heat on a winter day with the flip of a switch. Upgraded, modern 42” maple cabinetry, abundant can lighting, additional light fixtures, wood floors, granite kitchen counters and large island bar with three included barstools, abundant Pella windows and doors, and a huge volume ceiling in the great room with additional upper windows for spectacular views of the surrounding woods all make for an incredible first impression when entering this space.

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The entire home is prewired for home automation with multiple CAT5 ethernet cabling, RGB audio cabling and built-in speakers in the master bedroom, great room, main level covered deck, basement and backyard/patio. These all run to a central audiovisual room with a door in the finished side of the basement. A fully functioning ADT security system is installed.

The lot is completely “hardscaped” and landscaped, including rock and wood retaining walls to expand usable space on this wooded, hilltop setting. Natural stone and wood walkways and stairways on each side of the house lead to a beautifully planned, large fire pit area. Fire pit seating includes two permanent eight-foot natural oak log benches and ample areas for additional tiered and fire pit level seating. A couple of more steps down lead to the “fire tenders level” and two more down to the firewood storage area. Low-voltage lighting on an adjustable timer is installed throughout the fire pit seating area.

An additional, covered outdoor storage area with a locking door was built under the screened in porch, for tools and toys.

The driveway was paved in 2016 and leads up to a large circular portion of the driveway in front of the house with trees and landscaped plantings in the middle of it. There is room on the circle for parking for several cars and it also has a paved parking spot wide enough for one car and a golf cart (or two compact cars) and an additional crushed gravel parking spot, both directly off of the circle near the home. The home’s shady setting surrounded by trees makes for a cool spot in the summer, requiring very infrequent use of the central air conditioning system.

This home includes a boat slip in the on-site private marina. Your slip comes with an aluminum boat lift and a brand-new canopy cover which were added in 2014. In 18½ foot open bow Rinker motorboat (with a six cylinder inboard/outboard MerCruiser engine and seldom used custom canvas cover made in 2012) may also be available for separate purchase, along with some towable water toys, water skis, tow ropes, etc.