The Lots/Property


Landscaped by Mother Nature

Land For Sale in Indiana

The 60 acres of Wildlife and Forest preserve, although owned collectively by the homeowners association at Avant Gardens, are taxed at a far lower rate (about $1/acre annually) than the lots owned individually at Avant Gardens. In essence,
the owners at Avant Gardens have access to over 60 acres of a nature preserve while paying virtually nothing for this privilege.

Homeowners in Avant Gardens will benefit from these additional country living amenities:
  • Private road and gated entrance to development
  • Buried electric service from AEP
  • Underground natural gas provided by NIPSCO
  • Buried phone service from AT&T
  • Private community clubhouse and outdoor swimming pool
  • 60-acre Wildlife and Forest preserve with hiking trails
  • Avant Gardens is located in the New Prairie United School Corp. District
  • Association By-laws that restrict the types of landscaping methods (no leaf-blowers or pesticides) and materials (native species only) to further protect the natural integrity of the development and its eco-system.

 

Living in LaPorte, Indiana


Harbor Country Map Avant Gardens is located in Galena Township just north of La Porte, Indiana where 200 years ago the Pottawatomie Nation of Native Americans created trails that ran through the woods, where 130 years ago the area’s timber was milled for the rebuilding of Chicago after the Great Fire, and where (up until a few years ago) Oprah Winfrey owned a farm. The development is three miles south of the Michigan/Indiana border and just minutes from New Buffalo, Michigan.

Nature Lane, the gated entrance to Avant Gardens off of Fail Road, winds through one of the property’s former cattle pastures, up a large hill, and then opens onto the prairie. It is only here at the first crest of the open prairie, set back more than 500 feet from the main road, that one first sees the decidedly modern homes of Avant Gardens.

Some of the homes are tucked back into the woods. Others are set atop the many hills within Avant Gardens. Several modern home sites back up to one of the many ravines that run through the property. All of the sites face the large prairie that, itself, is surrounded by a mature forest of mostly maple and beech trees with several shagbark hickory, oak, and tulip poplars added in for more dramatic autumn leaf colors.

 

Green Living


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources provided consulting to help ensure that the prairie portion of the Wildlife and Forest Preserve was replanted with the native grasses and wildflowers once common on Indiana prairies. All this ecological emphasis has resulted in more than 60 acres of land within Avant Gardens being placed into a classified Wildlife and Forest Preserve. Trails have been added to the prairie and forest so the land can be explored on foot, on bicycle, or even on
cross-country skis. Now that the prairie has been planted in native grasses, it requires only a few mowings a year as regular maintenance (no irrigation or weekly mowing is necessary for native grasses). This means that residents at Avant Gardens hear only infrequent mowers and pay less in assessments than counterparts in Associations with traditional lawns.

 

Living the Country Life


In 1948, Lee and Phyllis Lotter—newlyweds looking for an idyllic setting in which to raise a family—purchased the land that would become Avant Gardens. Here the Lotter children grew up climbing the maples and carving initials into the beeches. The children chased Black Angus cattle through the pastures that would become the prairies at Avant Gardens. Lee Lotter even felled the pines himself from the property to build the tiny log cabin that now sits next to the small pond in the center of the main prairie. Lee and Phyllis used to fish in this pond, and once a year they would pack up the family in their hay wagon and head to the "back forty for a wienie roast."

 

Live Green


Reduced pricing effective April 23, 2010

Photo

Lot Number

Price

Acres

lot1

1

$125,000

1.427

lot2

2

$135,000

1.516

lot3

3

$145,000

1.562

7

*4

SOLD

1.477

18

*5

$155,000

1.665

8

6A

$89,000

.957

9
7A
$89,000
.974
9

7B

$105,000

1.114

19

8

$160,000

1.779

20

*9

$210,000

2.734

10

10

$125,000

1.402

11

11

$125,000

1.426

12

12A

$116,000

1.259

13

13A

$106,000

1.171

13
13B
$137,000
1.526
14

14A

$210,000

2.241

1

*15A

$210,000

2.405

2

16A

$112,000

1.231

3

17A

$85,000

.932

4

*18A

$90,000

1.089

4
18B
$90,000
.911
15

*19A

$110,000

1.031

5

20

$112,000

1.354

* Denotes premium lot with ravine views