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Lakefront homeowners understand first-hand the lure of the lake

By CAROLINE R. MERK

1232Someone told me that the lure of the lakefront is simply “the magnificence of nature.” Living along the water is an ever-changing visual spectacle as well as an auditory one. Sounds change from crashing waves, whipping wind to dead silence when the lake is frozen. Lakefront homeowners say that the weather is more extreme right along the lake. Since the water is cold, spring is cooler than elsewhere, but the fall is warmer and plants continue to bloom longer.

The only way to truly see what lakefront living is all about is from the water. Many homes look completely different in the back than in the front. An entire wall of windows may have been added to maximize views. Back yards vary enormously, from formal gardens to those that are lush, green and secluded. Some are tiered going down to the lake, others have a steep cliff, many have staircases descending to the water and private stretches of beach. The lakefront is also dotted with cottages by the water’s edge — secondary homes that are unseen from street level.

Rocky River resident, Denise Huck, says that her view of the water is “like being on vacation every day.” Her home overlooks both Lake Erie and the Rocky River. “On a calm day on the lake, I enjoy watching a scull or kayak glide by from my living room window,” she says. “On the other hand,” she adds, “an approaching storm is always exciting, although Sandy brought a little too much excitement!” Linda Brown and Michael Jordan, also live in Rocky River. “We couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. The sunsets are breathtaking every night — no two alike. It’s like living in a resort year round!”

Bay Village has five miles of lakefront, including Huntington Beach. “We wanted lake access for water sports,” says the mother of four children. The family enjoys kayaking, jet skiing, and boating. Looking at the front of their home, one would never guess that a wooden staircase zigzags down the ivy-covered bluff to the beach below, where the family’s boat is secured at a dock. Multiple decks and a lovely cottage with a big fireplace create a wonderful place to escape at any time of the year. It feels completely removed from city life.
Dr. Steve and Beth Lamb also reside in Bay Village. Beth claims she never had a desire to live on the lake, but when she looked at the home, “something came over me. I realized that you’re buying a lifestyle.” They watch the sunrise in the morning, and see the skyline of Cleveland turn coppery in the setting sun. Beth says coming home to the water is “calming and soothing,” and there are days she just does not want to leave the house. Steve says, “The world at the front door is different than the world you find walking out the back door.” He likes to tell people that Canada is his back yard neighbor!

“I wonder,” muses Denise Huck, “who are these people that claim to see Canada on a clear day? I have been looking across this lake for almost 30 years, and I have yet to see it!” That’s living life on the edge, of America, that is!

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