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Owning a home is a dream for many, though with that dream comes responsibility.

From yard work in the summer to shoveling snow in the winter, time and labor intensive chores can take the fun out of homeownership.

That’s why builders are beginning to see the benefits of providing maintenance-free communities—satisfying those who still want the feel of owning a home without the associated maintenance.

As a sales consultant for Phillippe Builders, Lisa Wydra says she has seen the desire for maintenance-free communities boom. The benefits are perfect for those who travel, lead busy lives or simply want to fully enjoy the weekend.

“With a maintenance-free community, we provide services that cut the grass, trim the bushes, shovel the snow and provide water for the irrigation system,” she says.

One of the builder’s newest developments, Magnolia Gate, is located off Cline Avenue in St. John and caters to the active adult lifestyle. It’s designed to appeal to those looking for a single family home and features cottage homes with 10 different floor plans.

The floor plans vary based on homeowners’ needs, from the number of bedrooms to the size of the square footage.

“They’re all detached homes, so residents aren’t sharing a wall, which is nice for someone who is downsizing,” Wydra says.

Phillippe Builders also allows homeowners to customize the inside and outside of the property based on their needs and preferences.

It’s a perfect scenario for those who love to travel, Wydra says.

“They don’t have to worry about whether the house looks vacant in the winter when there is snow removal or in the summer with mowing the grass,” she says.

Though smaller lots may be a deterrent for some who are used to larger yards, Wydra says home searchers are surprised by the spacious floor plans and number of bedrooms.

“When they come in, they’re shocked,” she says. “The home is 2,000 square feet with three bedrooms. We have 2,900-square-feet models for our 1-1/2 floor models.”

Similar properties have popped up in Chesterton and the Portage/Benton Harbor area. Though the Village Green in Coffee Creek and Marina Shores are both designed as townhomes, they carry the same benefits as the stand-alone homes in Magnolia Gate.

The Marina Shores development, currently underway, even has boat slips—perfect for summer homes or year-round residences, Wydra says.