An outdoor oasis, free from the hustle and hurry of city life, known as Aurora Shores, began under the tutelage of one Philip H. English, land developer and builder. Marketed as a playground for the middle-class, the press was abuzz with plans for the Shores, with the Aurora Planning and Zoning Commission approving the construction of a boating marina, boathouse, and multi-story observation tower that would provide an elevated view of the lake and leisure that would abound. Home construction began in Aurora Shores near the end of 1971, opening the lake’s 580-acres to sunbathers, boaters, and bass fishing. After a day in the sun and sand, residents could retire to their abodes, which fell into four unique styles: the Bahamian, the Captain’s House, the Sunship, and Commodore. Pricing in 1971 ranged from $22,500 to $52,000 which, in 2016, would be nearly $134,000 to $309,000.
Interest in Aurora Shores continued and, four years after construction began, a new subdivision was ready to welcome potential home buyers. The expansion, known as Pebble Beach Cove, included sixty-three additional units, two miles of pedestrian walkways, with plans for a second community beach. A great deal of effort and energy was expended to maintain the appearance of being a quaint community. Historically, commerce has been absent within its borders, with residents traveling a few miles to purchase even the most trivial of items.
The little community on the lake experienced some legal trouble in 1997, when confusion over ownership of the Aurora Lake came into question. In 1982, the Broadview Savings Bank of Independence, Ohio, agreed to transfer ownership of the lake over to the Aurora Shores Homeowners Association at the end of December, 2000. During those intervening years, the bank fell into bankruptcy and its assets were sold off. It would take some legal wrangling to clarify and clear up the tangled web left behind.
Today, the lakeside locale straddles the borders of Aurora and Reminderville and has blossomed to include 887 homes, pools, tennis courts, and a lake that, on more than one occasion, has produced trophy-winning fishing.