Harbor Country News
Lakeside Cabins Offers Affordable Resort Living
By Sharon Dettmer, June 2004
THREE OAKS — The Lakeside Cabins Resort community is awaiting your arrival into the terrain of serene country living.
Linked to the scenic back roads, beautiful lakes and wooded-footpaths of Harbor Country, the 62-acre resort community is destined to become a home-away-from-home for those who love the great outdoors.
The new resort, located at 7650 Warren Woods Road, will afford families with an opportunity to spend countless hours enjoying Southwest Michigan by providing custom-designed park model cabins and sites that are reasonably priced. Situated in a maturely-wooded nirvana are locations perfect for cedar-sided cabins near Wilkinson and Warren lakes, in wooded-spaces or in open, sunny grasslands.
The new resort community is located at the former site of the Bob-A-Ron Campground in Three Oaks. The campground was purchased in December 2003.
The managing partners of Lakeside Cabins Resort – Greg Dingens and Tim O’Neil, both of Chicago – were searching for ways to help families experience the pleasures of the Lake Michigan and the surrounding pristine countryside.
Lakeside Cabins Resort manager, Ted O’Neil of Granger, Ind., explained the plan.
“There are not many housing options for families under $100,000, that are affordable and feature amenities. We are hoping to provide fun opportunities for families and retirees,” Ted O’Neil said. “Our whole idea was to make Harbor Country fun and affordable.”
Tim (Ted’s brother) is a real estate broker in Wrigleyville and Chicago with progressive ideas about creating get-a-ways. The site plan for the resort community was designed by Teska, an architectural design firm from Evanston, Ill.
“It’s a hub for swimming, fishing and picnicking,” Ted said, of the resort community.
A heated-swimming pool is slated for construction and completion by Memorial Day 2005. The resort will feature swimming, nature trails, stocked fishing at two lakes (including catfish, bluegill, bass and other pan fish), a fishing pier at Willow Beach, picnic pavilion, community fire-pits, a playground, shuffleboard court, horseshoe pits, sports fields, Bocce courts and laundry facilities. And of course, there will be plenty of wooded space for enjoying quiet pedestrian pastimes.
There are 130 cabin sites currently available – a number that will eventually total 250 sites. The locations range from $10,000 to $70,000, depending on the view and the lot’s size.
Custom-made, 400-square-foot, furnished or unfurnished park model cabins can be constructed with DVD and surround sound systems. There are numerous floor plans to chose from, featuring many styles and designs of draperies, carpeting, tiles, kitchen counters and kitchen counter tops.
The one-to-two bedroom park models are manufactured by Lee Enterprises, Heritage Park Models, Inc., Trophy Homes and Kropf Industries. Prices range from $40,000 to $70,000.
Reservations for cabins and sites are being accepted at the 28,000 square-foot Lakeside Cabins Resort Community Lodge located on the grounds. The spacious lodge offers a game room with a large fireplace and other amenities.
For further information on owning a cabin in Harbor Country, visit the Lakeside Cabins Resort booth during the Ship & Shore Festival in New Buffalo on Saturday, Aug. 7.
Or, if you want to visit the resort community soon, come to the open house and picnic from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8.
And to set the record straight, Ted O’Neil said that the annual Snowmobile Lake Run formerly held at Bob-A-Ron campground will not be scheduled at Lakeside Cabins Resort community in the future. In addition, there will no longer be trailer or tent camping available at the resort.
Call for more information toll free at 1-800-469-4511 or at (269) 469-3894.
Or you can visit the resort’s Web site at www.lakesidecabinsresort.com.