Lakefront properties just might be America’s best kept real estate secret. When looking for a house on the water, many buyers instinctively gaze out at the ocean. But coastal property is limited to where the waves are, leading to fewer offerings and potentially sky-high prices. (Malibu, anyone?)
But looking for a lakeside home opens up a huge interior swath of the country where bodies of water abound. In fact, we recently took a deep dive into the nation’s top lake towns with affordable properties.
3905 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA
Price: $14 million
Delightful details: Why settle for one home when you can have three? Behold the Lake Houses of Eagle Cove, a gated compound that offers a trio of luxury family homes, as well as a guesthouse and a boathouse. All homes are right on the edge of Lake Washington, and offer water views from nearly every room in each house.
Price: $6.4 million
Delightful details: The gated compound has a main house, guesthouse, and outdoor pavilion, all with water views. There are multiple decks and a pool. The main home features a chef’s kitchen, living and dining areas, luxurious master suite, and multiple guest suites and bunk rooms. The property features a deep-water dock and comes with furnishings, recreational vehicles, and boats.
Delightful details: Located on Oswego Lake, this fully renovated charmer from the ’30s has 180 feet of water frontage. The functional floor plan features modern amenities blended with the “charm of yesteryear.”
Price: $9 million
Delightful details: This sparkling Lake Tahoe home is a mecca for water sports. The property comes with a 30-foot floating pier, private swim area, and deck with built-in barbecue, refrigerator, sound, and lighting. And the views from the hot tub are hard to beat.
Delightful details: This charming Lake Waramaug cottage was featured in both House Beautiful magazine and on “Weekend Retreats.” The updated four-bedroom home offers a living room with fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, and a sunny dining room with a built-in banquet. Outside you’ll find an enclosed porch, stone terrace with fireplace, shower, and floating dock.
Delightful details: This lake home nestled between the Berkshires and the Catskills is located just two hours from New York City and 2.5 hours from Boston. The four-bedroom house has an open floor plan with a seamless kitchen, living, and dining area. The master suite comes with access to the deck out back. Out back you’ll also find a dock right on Copake Lake.
Price: $1.7 million
Delightful details: In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, this Gull Lake compound stands out. The two houses come with 9 private acres and 200 feet of shoreline. Each home includes an attached two-car garage and a detached three-car garage—for all the water toys and boating equipment.
Price: $1.2 million
Delightful details: Designed in 1991, this three-bedroom home was built to enjoy lake views from almost every room. The remodeled 2,400-square-foot home comes with a huge deck looking out to the lake and outdoor fire pit and lounge area. Although this home is pricey, Coeur d’Alene did make it onto our list of top 10 affordable lake towns.
Delightful details: The “luxe treehouse” features views from 900 square feet of decks. The tree growing through both decks and the waterfall beneath add to the feeling of a sweet retreat. The large master suite features access to the deck, a redwood sauna, and jetted tub. Check out more listings in Branson, which also made our list of the most affordable lake towns.