DO NOT BUY A LOT IN LAKEWOOD PARK!
My husand and I bought during the first year the park was selling lots. (Early 1980's). The concept for small vacation lots, was good in the begining, but by 1986 had gone to the dogs! Security was a joke, they slept thru their shifts, and i had to call the sheriffs dept. on two occassions, because rednecks wandered into our lots causing problems,and once two men were sexually harrassing me and trying to force me into our vacation home with my young children watching on. Luckily my husband returned and pulled a handgun on them.From that point on we were armed while on the property.
The bathhouses were dangerous as well. My husband would sneak into the womens side to be with us while we showered in the larger handicap stall.
Management was almost nonexistant, except for at the sales office. They kept up the office to look really nice.Our road was to get power lines right away but years later when it was finally installed, we and 3 other property owners went to sign up and were totld that we would have to cover the entire cost to hook up to it becouse the other owners were not interested! We figured it wasnt worth the some $5,000,00 (for Each of the 4 owners ) plus the meters and connection fee's and monthly bill.
Every weekend, we invested a lot of hard work , money and time there (we built our lil cottage ourselves as a family project) just to be robbed during the week. Locks were cut, windows broken, doors kicked in, even when we left nothing of value there. Even the childrens old toys were stolen.
One of the last times we were there , we heard that our next door nieghbor had spent time in prision for child rape charges. We were shocked, as we really liked them and they were weekenders , just like us!
When we finally decided to sell it, NO ONE would buy it for any price! In the end we just walked away! We never payed any more taxes on it or any membership fee's as well.
I dont know whatever became of our lot and cottage. But walking away was much easier than the struggle of making it what it could have been.
DO NOT BUY A LOT IN LAKEWOOD PARK FOR ANY PURPOSE!
The private lake is a no license required lake for land owners and guests.
There are sometimes issues with folks with property bordering the lake saying folks are trespassing, but in reality, the 10 feet from the shoreline around it is PUBLIC property.
Street maintenance is covered under the HOA fees that if you think about it, is very reasonable.
They have 1 (used to be 2) bath houses that are free to use. (showers, toilets and sinks).
I myself, am thinking about buying a few more lots and coming back. Nice, quiet living.
Shopping is a bit inconvenient if you are used to the city, but I got used to it. Dollar store within 15min and good for emg.'s, food stores are in Murfs or Manchester about 25mins.
It is primarily a white population, but (surprisingly) I do not see prejudicial issues. So that's good. We have a Newsletter (free at Ben's Market or the Office) 6$/yr to have it mailed to your house and a website. http://www.LakewoodParkTN.com
Come out and see Lakewood and see if it's your style!
In the past couple of years there has been a MOVEMENT, the property owners here are a force to be reckoned with, they are cleaning this place up. They are fed-up, sick and tired of people looking down on them for the name of the community they choose to live in. It seems that people have finally decided enough is enough and the problem will not be fixed without action!!
Actually I had purchsed the lot from a friend back then in Nashville, TN.
As I recall the park fees then were $25 per yr. some maintenance & $35.00 per yr. for road something.
Then there were property taxes paid to Manchester, Coffee Cty.
There were quiet a few lots back then that fees were owed, some were sold cheap.
We were members of land owners then. There use to be a large entrance gate, used an entrance card to access the park.
Later on some guy called my home in Nashville every Sunday telling me someone there told him I wanted to sell our lot. I told the guy we weren't interested in selling & I had no idea what idiot would tell him we wanted to sell the lot.
Either way I figured to get rid of him & the Sunday calls I'd put an unbelieveable high price on the lot. This nut actually bought the lot from us.
Months after the sell I received a letter from Lakewood office people informing me I owed yearly fees. I called & told them the lot had been sold to this guy. He is to be paying the yearly fees plus he had purchased other lots there as well.
Sure was sort of strange, the entire lot deal.
Even though as I read about thief & other break - ins there, I'd like to look at some more lots now in Lakewood but the last time I went there there was no entrance gate, no security & I couldn't seem to find out about anything other than a lot of real setate signs though out the park.
If anyone can assist please reply.
Thank you all very much for your replies as I've read about Lakewood as it is now.
No offense to the coffee county Sheriffs dpt. but they are not in there patroling enough which is understandable considering the size of the county,which brings me to believe they need a security officer in there again and preferably a licensed one this time.Sheriffs dpt. cant stay in there 24/7 and usually only come when called,again thats not thier fault they have alot of calls to take and area to cover.the last of my family just moved out of there and only moved just outside the park just to get out of there.outside the park is great no problems at all with any kind of vandalism.the home they were selling was broken into and the person that did it was caught with our property stored at his girlfriends mothers house in the park.i wont mention his name here but he was a frequent drug user and he knew my law enforcement background and still had the brass ones to steal from us.not to long after the theft the home was burned along with others in the park.Anyway like robbie this has been my .02 cents!!!