Glen Wild Lake, an Endangered Species
When Glenwilders speak of what makes our lake so special, the conversation always returns to community. There are few communities our size that feel more like an extended family than a neighborhood. When walking or driving our roads or boating on our lake, you must prepare to wave and to be waved at. Repeatedly. Community events at our clubhouse feel more like a giant family party, and dozens always step up to pitch in with whatever help is need. If you are in search of a community where people are truly known to each other, and will without hesitation help each other, then you may very well be a Glenwilder.
A Brief History of Glen Wild Lake
From our humble beginning as a small summer retreat and fishing club, Glen Wild Lake has evolved into a 160 home community of mostly full time residences.
The Glen Wild Lake Company was created In 1917 by Paul Wittick (President), Lewis W. Havens (Vice President), Dr. George C. Coates (Treasurer), Dr. Samuel K. Owens (Secretary), William L. McCue, Esq. and George J. Fritz (Assistant Secretary) of Butler to form a summer lake community with a shared interest in fishing. Construction of a Dam was authorized in the same year, which flooded an existing valley and connected Mud Pond and Witteck's Lake. In 1918, the Glen Wild Lake Company issued 9 leases for 8 bungalows and a fishing camp. In 1925, a club house was constructed, and that clubhouse still stands today, with a few additions and improvements.
In 1978 our tenants association purchased 157 land leases and 450 acres of land from the GWL Company for just under $2M and the present day iteration of Glen Wild Lake was born.
A Special Community
We are a small community of 160 homes, but we have an incredible diversity of backgrounds, experiences and interests. We are a mix of year-round and summer residences. Our commonality is that we all care deeply about our environment and the preservation of our natural beauty and environmental health. It is often what draws us here in the first place, and thus we are passionate about preserving it.
We are a self-managed home owners association, and as such, pride ourselves on our volunteerism and individual contributions to the community. This keeps our homeowners fee low, but more importantly our personal engagement creates lasting and meaningful friendships that are unique in the modern world.
What? I am in New Jersey?
Glen Wild Lake is a magical place. It seems as a secret that must be whispered only to the closest of friends. It feels surreal to be co-habitating with bears, foxes, eagles, osprey and mink, knowing that you are still in New Jersey only 25 miles outside NYC.
Our 111 acre lake is surrounded by roughly 450 acres of protected backlands, which in turn are connected to the Norvin Green State Forest, providing endless opportunity to hike and explore.
This beautiful photo by resident Amy Demarest reveals how even a cold, damp and misty day results in a day of peace, joy and beauty for Glenwilders.
Ever Changing Personality
Turn off the TV. Your window will now be your favorite show. Glen Wild Lake loves to show her beauty and personality in a thousand different ways. Every season brings a different perspective, and the shoulder seasons are equally dramatic. If beautiful views bring you joy, then we have the place for you.
This stunning timelapse video taken by resident Deanie Barth on a random spring day, catches the essence of what it is to live on GWL. One moment kayakers are paddling in T-shirts, and the next there is a snow squall, concluding with a gorgeous sunset...as always.