Bike rides and Lake Martin have not always gone together. Hey – we’re not Peachtree City, GA, so you can’t expect large sidewalks and easy peddling. But lately, biking has gotten a lot better thanks to the cool new trails in Russell Forest.
I’ve got a beautiful waterfront Lake Martin listing in Windermere: 44 Fairwinds Circle. It’s a six bedroom home that’s full of upgrades and amazing spaces for entertaining. In addition to its coveted Windermere location, this home also has access to Russell Forest’s trail system, and that opens up all kinds of off-the-water opportunities unique to Russell Lands neighborhoods.
With 44 Fairwinds Circle plus these trails on my mind, I employed the services of a non professional bike rider to video the adventure of riding bikes from Windermere to Catherine’s Market at Russell Crossroads. He accepted payment in the form of gelato. Here it is:
While its not a trail I would recommend for kids riding Big Wheels and tricycles, it is a pretty easy ride. The only time my biker had to hop off and push his bike was that last hill from the tunnel up to Russell Crossroads. But then, he had also just competed in a paddle board race an hour before. At any rate, it’s a fun ride.
These trails link together the waterfront neighborhoods of Windermere, Windover, Windermere West and The Ridge to west side of Highway 63′s Willow Point. The central hub of all of this is Russell Crossroads. Right now the tunnel road is open to hikers, runners, bikers, golf cart and horse riders. I love the it.
I think these trails are especially transformational for Windermere, Windover, and Windermere West which do not have neighborhood amenities (pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, workout center, etc.). The fact that you don’t have to cross Highway 63 allows new things to happen. Willow Point people can ride to The Ridge Marina on their golf carts. People in The Ridge can mountain bike through the tunnel and explore Russell Forest trails. Homeowners in Windermere and Windover neighborhoods can do all this, plus go to SpringHouse restaurant or Willow Point Country Club. The ease and sense of community is a big bonus for the already great waterfront homes in these areas.
Here’s the video tour of 44 Fairwinds Circle. This home is exciting because homes in Windermere, in this price range, typically involve a lot of updating. THIS HOME is move-in ready with that beautiful balance of rustic and modern design. It made my job of videoing and photographing easy.