Sunsets, Space, and Privacy: Why This Family Chose Splinter Creek

Sonia Thompson

When their third child was born in the fall, this family started taking stock of their time together. With three young children and a house in the middle of a bustling college town, the parents started imagining a life more like the ones they had growing up.

A little bit country (photo by Elizabeth Keckler).

"We both grew up more as country kids in small Mississippi towns," the wife says. "We had freedom to roam and explore, and we wanted to be able to give that to our children, too."

Add demanding jobs and many social commitments to the list, and they began searching for something that had a slower pace. Splinter Creek fit the bill, and the deal seemed done when their children didn't want to leave after their time fishing and boating on their property tour.

A sense of adventure and a chance to explore is important to these new residents (photo by Erin Austen Abbott).

They settled on Chapel Point, a 15-acre lot on the Splinter Creek's South Lake that offers plenty of shoreline, seclusion, wooded land, and a long view across the lake.

They plan to begin building a small weekend cabin, and possibly a larger structure in the future.

Enjoying the sunsets is high on the priority list (photo by Elizabeth Keckler).

"We can see ourselves coming out to spend quality family time here," the husband says. "I'm looking forward to turning the kids loose to explore the land while we unwind with a glass of good wine as the sun sets."

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