A lakefront home in Downers Grove

Most people who are familiar with Downers Grove would find themselves in head-scratching mode when contemplating the possibility of lakefront property in the village.

There are a few ponds in Downers Grove that, with a bit of stretching, you might be able to call a lake.

What about fish-rich Bruce Lake, where there's a home with 250 feet of frontage on the water currently available for $550,000?

Well, Bruce Lake is not actually in Downers Grove, although it does have a DG mailing address. It's in an unincorporated area of DuPage County.

The 5-bedroom, 4-bath, 4-car garage home pictured above at 8046 Washington St is being sold "as is." From the listing photos it appears to have a definite "lakefront home" character to it, including a large deck overlooking Bruce Lake, which is a private lake served by a homeowners association. The availability of two kitchens might prove attractive to extended families.

As with any home in an unincorporated area, you should do a careful investigation as to which municipal services are available – and which aren't. Your water here, for example, comes from a well. The home is served by Downers Grove schools, District 66 elementary schools and District 99 South High School, and it has convenient expressway access.

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