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Harbor Shores Architecture & Heritage

Architectural continuity and a respect for context are vital concepts in the development of Harbor Shores physical environment. The design vision of Harbor Shores is to establish a sense of place which captures the charm of historic, small town America while at the same time providing for an array of modern indoor and outdoor lifestyles desired among the most sought after lakeside resort. The stylistic approach which Harbor Shores shall incorporate throughout the architectural program is based upon the Coastal Shingle Style which is truly a representation of American architecture. Originating at the turn of the 20th Century in the coastal towns of the Northeast, the Shingle Style originated with the summer residences of the wealthy Industrialists who were in search of an architectural flavor which represented their vacation lifestyles of leisure and entertainment. The informal yet vibrant essence of the Shingle Style is characterized by:

  • Shingles as primary cladding material
  • Asymmetrical floor plan
  • Rambling and ambiguous building massing
  • Broken roof-line and various roof elements in differing shapes
  • Integrated turrets, balconies, verandas, etc.
  • Eclectic detailing yet limited ornamentation

This distinctive look, though originally conceived to be a short-lived trend in American Architecture, has become a basis of design in waterfront communities throughout the Northern part of the country


Site planning, as well as architectural and landscape design, are controlled by the Architectural Review Board (ARC), a permanent committee of Harbor Shores Master Association. The ARC exercises control to:


  • Oversee a harmonious development of Harbor Shores
  • Preserve and enhance the natural environment and beauty of the property
  • Preserve and enhance the privacy and tranquility of individual home sites
  • Assist Owners in obtaining maximum utilization and enjoyment of their property within the applicable rules of the Club


The natural beauty of the Harbor Shores landscape will be preserved and enhanced as the property grows. Homes are carefully sited and disturbed areas are limited to minimize their impact on the land. Landscaping plans enhance the native habitat by using indigenous vegetation. Wherever possible, trees are preserved and protected to enhance the beauty and value of properties within the estate.

Upholding the Harbor Shore Vision


Upholding this vision of Harbor Shores are the Architects and builders who have been approved by the Architectural Review Board. These custom home builders have been through a screening process to confirm business licensure, membership in a local chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, and a good track record with the Harbor Shores ARC. Using their talent, creativity and experience, they design and build homes that compliment the land and add lasting value to Harbor Shores. We are proud to introduce them to you.



The Harbor Shores home builder program is a service designed to help make your building process easier by identifying area , professional builders with the experience and track record YOU would want in your home builder. We’ve interviewed each builder through a rigorous five point review process and the outcome is a group of top-notch craftsmen in one neat, easy-to-find package. This select group of professional home builders consistently delivers the quality, beauty, and value that Harbor Shores residents deserve. Each builder represents a small, owner-operated company with the flexibility, responsiveness and communication that you expect.


Founded in 2003 by Dustin Carpenter and Nathan Abbott, Falcon Custom Homes is a company dedicated to providing home buyers with an experience like no other. With over 15 years of construction experience and degrees in construction management from Michigan State, Dustin and Nathan have the skills and knowledge necessary to create the level of quality Falcon Custom Homes is known for.

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As the exclusive builder of the Hideaway cottages, Powell Construction strives to be different in everything that we do. We are about the experience, building relationships as well as building homes. We believe that the home building experience should be enjoyable, not just for you, but for us as well and it’s our team that makes this process enjoyable. Our team of carpenters knows they are working on your home, not just another job. Throughout the building process, you will find that we continually earn the trust you put in us from day one.

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Mosaic Homes and Properties is a construction and development company founded in 1993 by company President, Brad Rottschafer. Mosaic was established out of the desire to craft residential homes and neighborhoods that exhibit a higher level of architectural integrity, radiate a sense of community and place that inspire those that live in or are travelling though them. Since its inception, Mosaic has created and built a string of landmark communities that truly inspire.

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World-Class Community

Welcome to life at Harbor Shores. We could call it the simple life, but there’s so much happening here along the waters of Lake Michigan. Say hello to a beach town where your family can vacation or happily call home. Harbor Shores began with a big idea – to build upon the historic towns of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan, by creating a world-class community along the lake’s beautiful shores. That big idea has since transformed into a shared spirit of celebration.

Harbor Shores combines the charm of a small town with the year-round amenities of a world-class destination, ideally located just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. Whether you’re drawn to our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course or the majestic blue waters of Lake Michigan, if you dream of owning a home in a spectacular setting, then Harbor Shores is the place for you.

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Chris has over 30 years of experience in civil engineering, serving as President and CEO of Abonmarche for much of that time. He has experience in the funding, study, design, and construction administration of road reconstruction, bridge, streetscape, bikeway, drainage, sanitary sewer, wastewater treatment, water system, marina/waterfront development, subdivision, park/recreational facility, school, hospital, and other economic development projects. With his diverse experience he is able to ensure our products are high quality, economical for the client, maintainable, and appropriate for their locations and surroundings. He also leads our Project Manager mentoring and training and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs to instill solid leadership skills for all of our Project Managers.

Chris believes strongly in giving back to the community and he volunteers his time in numerous ways, including the school board, Cornerstone Alliance, Zoning Board of Appeals, and ACEC (President-Elect) serving as Board Liaison to the Rural Development, EGLE, and MEDC Committee, and MDOT Collaboration Team. He is a past winner of the ACEC National Community Service Award.




Responsible for overseeing sales and marketing for Harbor Shores, Kerry brings advanced knowledge of new home sales, keen intellect for sales coaching and development, and a passion for southwest Michigan. Prior to joining the company, Kerry was a sales leader for one of the most prestigious development brands in the US, managing master-planned communities throughout Florida and Chicago.

Kerry is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Chicago Association of Realtors, and the Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Albion College where he also excelled on the football field. He also holds a master’s in education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI.



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