If you dream about living near the water, that dream can become a reality with a home in the Bay Oaks subdivision in Lakemoor.
Residents enjoy nearby Lac Louette, Pistakee Lake and the Chain O' Lakes with an abundance of water recreation along with the natural beauty of the area.
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Listing sheetPrice range: $300,000 to $600,000
Age of homes: 14 to 17 years
Schools: Hilltop Elementary and McHenry Middle schools in McHenry Elementary District 15 and McHenry East High School in McHenry High School District 156; or Ringwood Primary, Bush Elementary, Johnsburg Junior High and Johnsburg High schools in Johnsburg Unit District 12.
Parks: Lakemoor Parks and Recreation Department or McHenry Parks and Recreation Department
Nine years ago, Ed and Terry Govekar bought a home in the subdivision because they wanted to be near the lake, and they liked the variety of custom home designs in the subdivision.
"The homes are very nice and all different; it wasn't a subdivision of the same house one after the other," Ed Govekar said. "Our layout is open and airy, which makes it very enjoyable. During the winter we sit in the house and watch it snow across the yard."
At the time the couple purchased their home, Ed worked at Baxter in Round Lake, which was convenient, but he has since retired.
"We're not going to Florida," he said. "We're staying right here in Bay Oaks. We have friends and family in the area -- our children are in Milwaukee and Chicago. And we have both Cubs and Brewers tickets.
"There's a marina right down the road. We're wedged in between three golf courses, and we have an active and working drive-in outdoor movie theater at the far end of the subdivision.
"We also like the community development along Route 31 with all the stores and shopping so that we don't have to go to Gurnee Mills," he said.
Located south of Bay Road and east of Chapel Hill Road, Bay Oaks features 60 custom homes on one-acre lots with mature trees and nice landscaping, said Jean Carlson, broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Visions Realty and a resident of the subdivision.
"These are higher-end homes with wetlands on one side and the lake that hooks up with the Chain O' Lakes on the other. We can't navigate to the Chain, but we have the views. It's beautiful. And it's still a pretty private area," Carlson said.
People like to be close to the Chain O' Lakes, and they like all the recreation such as boating, snowmobiling and driving ATVs in the area, Carlson said.
"A lot of people also like Bay Oaks because it's wooded, and there's a lot of nature," she said. "There's deer and coyotes. We've seen a fox walking down the middle of the road. There are a lot of smaller critters in the wetlands, and we also see blue herons.
"We moved from Grayslake into one of the first homes in Bay Oaks, which was (then) a new subdivision. The homes were all very nice, and we liked the more mature greenery.
"It's a prestigious subdivision, the nicest in Lakemoor."
Residents have lots of shopping and recreational activities without the congestion of other areas, Carlson said.
The village of Lakemoor also offers many community events to bring people together, such as the Fourth of July Parade, Lakemoor Fest in August, fishing derbies, kite flying day and stories and movies in the park.