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The History of Beachwalk

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.