"Condo Camp" A Hot Real Estate Buy For Active Families and Adults

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Litchfield County, Connecticut has long been known as a pricey place to buy real estate. Lakeridge, an upscale community inside a protected 200-acre forest preserve, offers amazing amenities and activities for active families and adults. Many adults are able to return to the carefree days at camp they cherished as children. The affordable prices will also appeal to them.

Dr. Ed Etkind is trading his family's four bedroom beachfront home on Block Island for a cool condo at Lakeridge, a community inside a forest preserve where he can play tennis year round.

At Lakeridge, the Etkind's children and grandchildren will also be able to ride horses at the stables, grow vegetables in the community garden, swim in two pools and ski on a private downhill ski area with snowmaking and a double-chair lift.

The Etkinds are just one of many families from around the northeast who want to re-create the active and carefree lifestyle they once had as kids at camp.

Lakeridge, a 474-unit private condo community inside a 200-acre forest preserve, has the feel of an exclusive camp with a whole host of year-round activities and amenities.

The community is located just two hours from New York City. "It is a wonderful place, with wonderful people," said Jeanne Cassidy, who moved up full-time from New York City with her husband after 9/11.

Lakeridge offers affordable vacation or second homes with a wealth of community, outdoor and cultural activities for residents of all ages. Owners enjoy 19 tennis courts, 2 pools, community garden, stable with 12 horses, downhill ski area, putting green, fishing at a state park next door. There are four miles of tree-lined roads that are perfect for hiking, biking and walking.

Although Lakeridge has existed for three decades, the community is in demand now for its commitment to preserving open space and the environment around each of its homes. Lakeridge offers a 10-to-1 ratio of open space to homes. The community has a tree committee that decides the fate of each and every tree of the property.

Some are calling Lakeridge "The Camptons." The condos have 2-4 bedrooms and price range of $200,000-$400,000. All units have at least one fire place and a deck overlooking beautiful wooded surroundings.

While most condo communities have strict rules against pets, Lakeridge is pet friendly and welcomes owners with cats, dogs and even horses.

This upscale community is located within driving distance to cultural activities, shopping and fine dining.

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