view off a lake mendota pier

There’s nothing quite like the lifestyle afforded by living on a lake – a lifestyle intertwined with nature. If you enjoy boating, lakefront property is ideal for you. But, even as investment property, lakefront homes offer a lot to the buyer, fetching top dollar as a vacation home or as a full-time rental.

Like any unique setup, however, lakefront property does come with a few disadvantages. It can be demanding to those who are not prepared. However, if you love nature or are looking for a good investment, lakefront real estate does not disappoint.

Your backyard

Scientists have been telling us for years how much healthier it is living within view of a body of water, but that’s not all lakefront property affords. Your backyard becomes your playground where you can fish, swim, enjoy water sports or just laze away a summer day, bobbing around the lake in your boat.

Okay, there are some disadvantages 

One of the disadvantages to lakefront living is the aforementioned “nature in your backyard” aspect. Winters on a lake can be very punishing, and if you have a boat, then winter maintenance for your vessel is another concern.

Depending on your area, warmer weather can bring hazards as well from the merely irritating (swarms of gnats) to the relatively dangerous (depending on where you live, virus-carrying mosquitos, snakes and snapping turtles may lurk in and around swimming areas).

Living by a large body of water always carries with it the risk of flooding, which in turn means higher insurance premiums. To protect the environment, there are often very strict building restrictions with lakefront property and underground septic systems (both installing and maintenance) can cause problems as well.

Investors are wise to be wary, never forgetting the seasonal fluctuations of demand for such an area. Usually rentals decline in the off-season, and winters on lakes can require some exhaustive maintenance and expense.

While certainly there are some downsides to owning property on a lake, by and large it is a truly unique and appealing lifestyle. If you’re an investor, lakefront property represents a desirable and limited asset, capable of making a substantial profit in the right hands. Whether you want to make money, or simply gaze out at an ever-changing beautiful landscape, take a look at life on one of Wisconsin’s gorgeous lakes.




Posted by Jolenta Averill on
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As a resident in the land of 10,000 lakes, I really enjoyed this post. In the Twin Cities metro area we have seen people selling off second homes (cabins) to and buying a local lakefront property to live on the lake everyday without the headache of traveling two to three hours every weekend. With the recent decline in values and spike in gas prices, this option will surely increase in popularity.

Posted by MLS Online MN on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 10:08pm

Great post! Lakefront properties can be great rentals! If you live an active lifestyle, lake life could be for you.

Posted by Vancouver Real Estate on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 12:58am

Great post. I am also from Minnesota (Duluth to be specific) and lake properties are a large part of the market. Also owning a cabin on a lake, I can testify to how truly incredible it is to wake every morning and see that body of water. It truly puts a smile on your face as you think of everything you could do later that day!

Posted by The Rogers & Rush Group on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 11:48am

Living on the water is great. Like you mentioned, many great benefits, boating, scenery etc. One HUGE drawback though, is mosquitos! They will make you want to stay inside! Best advice is to have a screened porch and mosquito mister for the backyard.

Posted by Rufus on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 2:07pm

This is a great place to be in. The properties are great. I just love the view out there. It calms and soothes me. I feel at peace with nature.

Posted by Cameron(House Sale) on Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 3:01am

This is very interesting to me! I am in a California beach town just south of San Jose and San Francisco (it depends on whether you are a baseball fan or a hockey fan!). We enjoy the ocean and the Monterey Bay.

But water is water when it come to the attraction of people. Happily, you do not have to deal with tsunamis (we just had 14 million dollars worth of damage to the Santa Cruz Marina from the one that hit Japan!)

Posted by bob lilley on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 11:30am

I have always wanted to live on the lake. This is a great post that gives lots of insight into what lake living is really like.

Posted by Ashlee in Fort Worth on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:20pm

Lake living looks like fun. Maybe in the future. Great article.

Posted by Deborah on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 7:37pm

Great post, you really know how to sell lakeside living! I appreciate the fact that you've included the downsides as well as the plus points. I personally would love to have a house by the lake, regardless of mosquitoes, maintenance or snapping turtles.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 7:55pm

I only get up to our lake place a couple times a year and they are always the best days of summer....I hope some day I can live on the lake and have those days all year long. Thanks for the post.. great perspective!

Posted by Adam on Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 4:07pm

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