Castle Park – A Private Lakeside Community In Holland

Posted by Andrea Crossman on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 at 10:52am.


Just south of Lake Macatawa, near the Lake Michigan shoreline, stands a 127-year-old brick castle. The Castle was constructed in 1894 by German immigrant, Michael Schwarz. It was originally built to be the Schwarz family home. When the family moved to the town of Holland, the castle was left empty for over a year. 

In 1896, Dr. John Parr purchased it, along with 40 acres of surrounding lands. The castle then became a summer camp for Chicago prep school students. The foundation for the Castle Park community began when parents began building homes surrounding the beautiful, rolling wooded hills. In 1917, Dr. Parr handed over the castle’s daily duties to his nephew, Carter Brown, who ran the organization until 1960. Then, the camp and castle were taken over by the residence and became Castle Park, a private homeowners association. 

Today, the castle houses a meeting hall, library, and other facilities used by the homeowners and visitors. On the grounds, owners now enjoy a saltwater pool, several sets of tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, an ice cream parlor, and Lake Michigan's shoreline. 

Castle Park has another rumored claim to fame, but that is up for debate. According to the tale, Castle Park and its residents, during the 1890s, were the inspiration for L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wizard of Oz, who allegedly spent summer vacations in Macatawa.  

Today, the private homes in Castle Park are a desirable place to live. Most of the homes are private and the park is neighboring the beach towns of Holland, Saugatuck, Douglas, and Grand Haven. There are no shortages of great restaurants, shopping opportunities, parks, recreation, and more. With so many amenities amongst the beautiful setting, Castle Park is one of West Michigan’s hidden gems.

If you are interested in this Lakeside community, or surrounding areas, please contact the experienced sales professionals at the Andrea Crossman Group. Check out our current listing at Castle Park 6694 S Cherry Street - listing link below. Call for further information at 616-218-0267 or email


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