A waterfront property is often considered the pinnacle of recreational real estate. But what should you look for when shopping for your very own watery paradise? After more than half a century of building some of the best communities in the country, Bluegreen has learned a few things about how to select the ideal waterfront property. This list of things to consider will help you get well on your way towards finding your new dream homesite.
Determine your needs
This seems obvious, but is often the most over-looked aspect of buying a waterfront property. It's essential to think through every aspect of your normal day-to-day life and consider how those things will work at your new property. It's easy to romanticize wintering by the sea or spending a summer at the lake, but that's a long time to be kicking yourself if you realize an oversight after it's too late. So before you purchase, ask yourself some basic questions.
What activities do you enjoy?
What is it about having a waterfront home that appeals to you? Do you love fishing? Are your kids into wakeboarding? Are you an avid canoeist? Or do you simply want to be able to sit on the patio and watch the sun set on the water? Each of these requires a different kind of waterfront property and may even require completely different kinds of water.
How often will you be there?
Some locations, especially in the northeast, are downright unpleasant for more than half the year. Do you plan to someday be able to retire to this property? Do you want to be able to let friends and family use it throughout the year (trust us, you'll have plenty of opportunities to loan it out)? Climate is a huge concern when it comes to waterfront properties. What good is living near water if it's frozen when you're there?
What are your other needs?
This is where your every day life can come back to haunt you. Does your family have any medical needs that necessitate proximity to health care facilities? How many kids do you have? How many kids do they have? How many kids might you have in 10 years? The size of home you plan to build has major bearing on the type and size of property you buy. How far are you willing to drive to get there? Some people are fine with a 10-hour drive to their waterfront home, but you may want to be close to an airport or highway.
Southstar Communities has been helping people find their ideal place to live for a very long time. If you're considering a recreational property, don't let yourself get overwhelmed by all the options and details. We're here to help. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions or to get some advice. Chances are, we've dealt with it before.