Spectacular sunrises, good fishing, relaxing afternoons on the boat—these are just a few reasons why people fall in love with North Carolina lakefront property. We are lucky enough to have a wide variety of lakes in this beautiful state, each with its own unique character, size, and natural assets.
Whether you are looking for a quiet retreat to get away from it all, or a vibrant property located close to plenty of urban conveniences, here are a few things to consider when you are shopping for lakefront homes.
How do you want to use your lakefront property?
When you are browsing lakefront for sale, first consider which activities you would like to do on the lake. If you would like to go boating, fishing, kayaking, or canoeing, it is essential to determine if the lake’s size and depth will allow you to enjoy such pastimes. You should also make sure to find out what regulations, if any, affect the property prior to purchasing. Many states, cities, and communities have rules designed to protect local wildlife which may prohibit certain activities. Be sure to discuss with your real estate agent whether such regulations exist.
Determine if the property meets your other lifestyle needs.
Your lakefront property should meet your outdoor needs and your other needs as well. If you have specific medical requirements, ensure that the property is not so secluded that you cannot easily access local pharmacies and hospitals. If you travel often on business, you may want to investigate the proximity of local airports. Finally, determine if you would prefer for your property to be a complete, secluded getaway, or if you would prefer to have access to conveniences like banks, grocery stores, and shopping outlets. Make sure that the area also has access to utilities, roads, and an adequate septic system.
Investigate quality lakefront homes for sale
When you are buying a normal house, most of the property value is in the home itself. But when you are buying a lakefront property, almost the entire value is in the lake and the land surrounding it. Certain qualities make some lakefront properties more valuable than others, and it is important to be on the lookout for them. These qualities include:
Sandy beach– Sand is infinitely preferable to mud, and a lake that has it is very valuable compared to others.
A great view– As you become older, you may want to enjoy your property from afar. Make sure that your property has a porch or similar viewing area where you can sit with a cold beverage and enjoy the scenery.
Proximity to water– Homes which are close to the water are also close to the local wildlife—which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your preferences. Evaluate whether you want the lake to be instantly accessible from the house, or if you would like the house to be somewhat removed.
Privacy– It’s rare to find an entire lake for sale to one buyer. Rather, you will most likely be required to share the lake with other homeowners. Be sure to ask your real estate agent exactly how much frontage is being offered in the sale. One hundred feet of frontage is a fair average, and 150-200 feet is excellent.
What with all the considerations that go into purchasing a lakefront property, it is essential to work with an experienced, qualified realtor. Your real estate agent will help guide you through complex home buying issues and assist you in finding the perfect lakefront property. To learn more or view our available listings, contact High Rock Lake Realty today.