With so many different homes, it can be difficult to identify which areas make up the best neighborhoods in Chesterfield. And since everyone is looking for a unique set of wants and needs, the best neighborhood for one family could be the worst fit for another family.
In order to shed some light on the situation, here is a clear comparison of several of the most active neighborhoods in Chesterfield as of Winter/Spring 2017:
*Based on inflation since report
**Based on inflation since article
What Makes Summer Lake Special
Summer Lake is an imaginative community, where community members enjoy distinctive new homes, a wide range of community amenities, convenience to shopping and the city, community events year-round and much more. Summer Lake isn’t just a neighborhood. It’s a lifestyle.
Summer Lake’s Plentiful Neighborhood Amenities
Summer Lake has many amenities that residents of the neighborhood are free to use. While some of the other neighborhoods in the area have similar amenities as well, none have all of the ones available here.
Residents will be able to workout or enjoy themselves by using our state-of-the-art fitness center with 24/7 access, the competition-sized swimming pool, the biking and jogging trails, the recreational field, the tennis court, the volleyball court and the basketball court.
All of these amenities can be used to not only stay in shape and have some fun, but to get to know some of the other people living in the neighborhood as well.
There are a number of amenities that are perfect for the kids as well, such as the playground and the kiddie pool. Last but not least, residents are given a discounted membership to the Lake Chesdin Golf Club.
Details About the Lake Chesdin Golf Club
Anyone with even a passing interest in golf will appreciate the discounted membership at the Lake Chesdin Golf Club that’s offered to residents of Summer Lake.
The 18-hole course is suitable for beginners and experts alike and is regarded as one of the best and most beautiful courses in the area. Members of the Lake Chesdin Golf Club enjoy a number of benefits, including:
- Unlimited use of their pool facilities
- Unlimited use of their three lighted tennis courts
- Unlimited use of their fitness center
- Unlimited use of their practice putting and chipping areas
- Unlimited tee times all year long
- Access to a variety of tournaments and events
- A 15% discount at the Chesdin Grille restaurant
Summer Lake’s Convenient But Private Location
The Summer Lake neighborhood has one of the most convenient locations you can find outside of Richmond. It’s located in a private area with plenty of natural surroundings to enjoy, but it’s not isolated from the rest of the world either.
The neighborhood is only a 20-minute drive to the Lake Chesdin Golf Club, which is perfect for those who enjoy hitting the green during the weekends. Outdoor enthusiasts will also be happy to know that the Pocahontas State Park is 30 minutes away. For anyone who works in the city, Summer Lake is also only a 30-minute drive from Richmond.
Enjoy Easy Access to Swift Creek Reservoir
Anyone who considers themselves somewhat of an outdoor enthusiast will appreciate the natural surroundings of Summer Lake.
Residents of the community also have easy access to various parks and lakes in the area. For example, the neighborhood is located only a few miles away from the beautiful Swift Creek Reservoir, which is a 1,700-acre manmade lake containing roughly 5.2 billion gallons of water.
You’ll find that there’s plenty to do at the Swift Creek Reservoir. It’s considered one of the best lakes for boating, which is why many residents take their sailboats, kayaks or canoes out onto the water.
It’s also a great fishing lake, especially when it comes to bass fishing. In addition to boating and fishing, the area is great for biking and hiking.
A Location Surrounded by Dining Options
If you enjoy going out to dinner every once in a while, then you’ll find plenty of options near Summer Lake. Some of the restaurants that you can enjoy near our community include Bone Fish Grill, Sedona Taphouse, Made in Asia, the Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant and Crazy Greek.
There’s also plenty of fast food options if you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat, from Chipotle and Chick-fil-a to Five Guys Burgers. Of course, if you ever want to expand your options, you’ll find plenty of amazing restaurants in Richmond as well, which is only 30 miles away.
Get Your Shopping Done Without Going Far
Even though you’ll find practically unlimited shopping options in nearby Richmond, odds are you’ll want to stay a little closer to home when it comes to picking up the necessities.
Fortunately, there are tons of shopping options near Summer Lake, including shopping centers such as Chesterfield Town Center, Westchester Commons Shopping Center and the Stony Point Fashion Park. Other stores in the area include Target, Staples, Kohl’s, Barnes & Noble, TJ Maxx and many more.
Other Nearby Conveniences
Summer Lake doesn’t just have convenient access to restaurants and shops, but also to gas stations, banks, grocery stores and other resources that help to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Some of these nearby conveniences include CVS Drug Store, Kroger Grocery, the Post Office, the UPS Store, Walgreens and Food Lion.
Feel Comforted with Access to Excellent Schools
If you’re moving with your family or are planning on raising a family sometime in the future, then making sure that the schools in the area you move to are well regarded should be one of your top priorities.
Fortunately, the Summer Lake community is located in the Chesterfield County School District, which boasts several schools that are regularly ranked in the top percentile of SAT scores in the entire state.
Not only do many of the schools within the Chesterfield County School District excel in educating their students (you’ll find that many of the schools boast high test scores, GPAs and graduation rates), but they also emphasize the importance of extracurricular activities, from athletics to special interest clubs and more – all of which can be found in safe and nurturing environments.
Some of the more exceptional schools within the district include the Tomahawk Creek Middle School, Cosby High School (which was ranked in the top ten percent of all U.S. high schools), Grange Hall Elementary School (which was awarded the Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award in 2013) and Millwood School.
Get A Return On Your Investment
Considering how much the city of Richmond has grown over the past few years, it should come as no surprise that the same is happening to the surrounding communities, including Chesterfield.
This means that property values are only going to go up in the future, making the return on investment with a property in Summer Lake a particularly attractive prospect.
At the moment, the average property located at Summer Lake is affordable when considering the potential of the ROI.
The average home price is $492,000, which compares favorably to other properties in neighborhoods throughout Chesterfield. These homes aren’t tiny either – the average square footage of a home at Summer Lake is an impressive 3,848 square feet.
Enjoy Neighborhood Events At Summer Lake
While the amenities and convenience at Summer Lake may impress you, it’s our focus on creating a tight-knit community that makes residents so happy to live here.
You’ll have no problem getting to know your neighbors if you take part in some of the weekly gatherings at our clubhouse. Residents hold movie nights, wine socials, scrapbooking events and more at the clubhouse on a regular basis.
Summer Lake also organizes a number of large events throughout the year. For example, at the beginning of every summer on Memorial Day weekend, we hold a Pool Opening Parade.
Every Friday during the summer, we organize a Friday Cheers event during which our residents gather at the pool and play games, watch movies, go swimming and enjoy food from the food trucks that we invite.
Some of the other events that we hold every year include the Fall Festival, the Kindergarten Social, the Super Bowl Party and the Summer Lake Party for Adults.
Properties that provide privacy, peace and quiet
Although Summer Lake is a planned community, the idea was not to pack as many properties into the neighborhood as possible. Instead, residents have plenty of space due to the large lot sizes that are available.
Besides being afforded the privacy that you desire, you’ll find that the Summer Lake community is very peaceful and quiet. But that’s no surprise considering the fact that Chesterfield is filled with woods, lakes and parks. If you’re looking to build a home away from the city life, then Summer Lake is a great option.
A strong local economy
As anyone who is looking to buy or build a new home knows, the value of the house you end up living in can be greatly affected by external factors, including the local economy. The Chesterfield area is experiencing a strong economy, partially due to the fact that it’s only about 30 minutes away from Richmond, which is a city with one of the strongest economies in the state. In fact, it’s predicted that Richmond will have a growth rate of roughly 38.45%t over a ten year period.
While many homeowners in Summer Lake may commute to their jobs in Richmond, Chesterfield isn’t without its employment opportunities. The area is home to more than 40 international companies, of which some of the biggest employers include United Parcel Service, DuPont and Amazon.
These are just some of the reasons why the homes in The Homestead at Summer Lake are in such high demand, and why you should consider buying or building a home within their community.
Schedule a tour today to find out why Summer Lake is right for you!