For most of the 20th Century the site where Beachwalk now stands was a sand quarry—the
sand was shipped to GM and Chrysler to create casting molds for engine blocks. As mining
was coming to an end, land developer Tom Moss saw an opportunity to convert the former
industrial land into a family vacation community based on the award-winning, new urbanist
town of Seaside, Florida. Mr. Moss negotiated with the mining company to create an interior
lake (Lake Kai) and form a berm on Highway 12 before sale of the land was finalized.
Before construction began on the first home, Beachwalk built a raised, 700-foot boardwalk
to traverse the scenic, wooded dunes between Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan and donated
it to the city of Michigan City. This promenade is now used by Beachwalk homeowners and guests,
as well as the public. Groundbreaking on Phase I, consisting of seven homes, took place in 1993
and was reviewed by Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic. By 2007, over 130
homes had been completed. Over the years, Beachwalk has received many awards—articles have appeared
in Coastal Living, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, and most Midwest papers.
The architecture of Beachwalk has been described as both traditional American, traditional beach
community, and traditional Michigan City. According to Moss, "To set up our architectural codes
we went to the Michigan City historical society and saw how buildings were built in the area
during the ‘20s and 30s. What we saw were very attractive structures with metal roofs and big
deep porches. We wanted the houses to complement each other, but not to have a single style.
Our homes are organized into topologies and our codes require proven materials, but differences
in style enhance the pleasure of a walk around Beachwalk."
Through the cycles of the real estate market, Beachwalk has continued to grow at a steady but
comfortable pace to its current size of approximately 175 completed homes and a number of new homes
currently under construction. With the official hand over of the Resort management to the Home Owners
Association occurring in 2016, the future looks brighter than ever as each year Beachwalk residents
and guests discover new reasons to spend their family time at Beachwalk.