Are you looking to live along M-24? Do you want to be near Oxford or Lake Orion? Then you may want to check out the Stringy Chain of Lakes. There are many good lakes on this chain. Let's concentrate today on Tan Lake. It is part of the Stringy chain of Lakes. Tan is a public all sports lake that is only 22 acres in size. Tan Lake and Cedar Lake are connected as far as I can tell from online maps. The online maps are confusing as one map says one thing and another says different. Even the residents are unsure of where one lake starts and another ends. Together the two lakes add up to about 69 acres in size. You cannot tell where one lake starts and the other lake ends. It is the same way with Clear Lake and Squaw Lake. They look like they are one and the same lake. The Stringy Lake chain is only 164 acres in total size. Most of the lakes are under 35 acres. Even together Tan Lake and Cedar Lake do not add up to a large lake. I would say that all the lakes in the chain are good for occassional water skiing or tubing. I do not think a person who wants a big lake or wants to do a lot of water sports would want to stay on Tan Lake or any lake in the Stringy Chain of Lakes.
The deepest spot on the lake is 53 feet. There are 2 deep holes on the lake and the other is 51' feet deep. There are no wake restrictions that I know of. There is no public access right on the lake but there is a DNR boat launch on Squaw Lake. It is a large DNR launch with 50 parking spots. There is a low bridge between Clear Lake and Long Lake that bigger boats cannot get through under the bridge. Pontoons and speed boats do not fit under the bridge. Only kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and row boats can get through. You have to be careful and walk a jet ski through the bridge area as it is shallow and you can ruin your jet ski because it will pick up the pebbles in the shallow area.
The streets around the lake are paved. The school district for the lake is Oxford Public Schools. There are no condominiums on the lake, only single family residences. There is no marina, no public beach, and no state approved water ski course on the lake. There are a few canals on the lake but they are short and connect on lake to another in some cases. The Stringy Chain of lakes is fed by Paint Creek from the north. It enters the chain via two points. One is through Cedar Lake and the other is through Long Lake. It then flows out of the chain at the bottom of spring lake.
The Stringy Lake chain is part of the Clinton River watershed. It is fed by Paint Creek to the north and it flows out of the chain on the south side of spring lake.
Here are the sizes of the other lakes in the area.
What are the lakefront homes on Tan like. They are all on sewers which helps the cleanliness of the lakes. They are also on wells, some of them on a community well. Lake homes on Tan Lake are going to be more like normal homes that you see in any city or subdivision.
The homes have two to four bedrooms, one and a half to four bathrooms. Most homes have two and three car garages. There are a couple of homes that have no garages. There are no tiny cottages that you see on many of the lakes in Oakland County. There are no little 600 or 700 square foot one and two bedrooms with one bath that were built in the 1920's or 1930. Many of the waterfront homes on Tan Lake will have all the normal things you see in most subdivisions. Most will have garages, brick, stone, or vinyl exteriors, and basements.
Some of the homes are on bigger lots that range up to 1.92 acres in size all the way down to .25 acres in size. They are mostly under an acre in size. The homes are not jammed together like some lakes. You can find just about any size, or style of home on the lake. There are no mega mansion luxury lake estates on the lake. You won't find 7000 or 8000 square foot luxury lake homes on the Stringy Lake chain.
The lakefront homes range from 1200 square feet to over 3000 square feet. Because there are no little homes, and most of them are well cared for they look like a subdivision. No junk laying around the homes. It is a well kept neighborhood in most cases. Sometimes lake home buyers do not lakes that are a mish mash of lake houses, that are close together, and have junk on the outside. Tan Lake homes are not like that at all.
The lake houses were built between 1952 to 2001. Most homes have basements but there are a few on crawl spaces. Home styles are ranches, colonials, split levels, and contemporary homes.
Tan Lake lies entirely in Oxford Township in northern Oakland County. It is about a mile west of downtown Oxford. It lies south of Seymour Lake Road and east of M-24. If you follow M-24 south you can jump on I-75 expressway in about 10 -15 minutes. If you head north on M-24 you will hit the town of Lapeer and I-69.
I moved onto a lake (White Lake in Oakland County) about ten years ago. I love lake living and every client I have helped move onto a lake in the last 15 years tell me how much their life has changed for the better and how much they love living on a lake. Some of them have told me that they wished they had done it sooner. Living on a lake is a great way of life. Let's hope we can find the right lake and right lake home for you.
The biggest thing I can tell you about searching for a lake home is that you will have to compromise on what you want in a lake home. There are so many more factors that you have to consider when buying a lake home. Give me a call to talk about what you want in a lake house. I know the local lakes and can help you find the home of your dreams with less trouble and less stress. Call me today at 248-310-6239
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