Lake Living in Texas- Do you enjoy fishing, boating, and watching the sunset over the water? Sounds like a waterfront home is for you! “But I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, almost 300 miles inland,” you say sadly. No problem! Although DFW is landlocked, there are plenty of beautiful lakefront residential areas in the area. Lake homes in the DFW area are easier to find than you might have thought, which means you might get to live the dream of the lake life! Read on for some things to remember when you are looking for a lakefront property.

As you search for your new lakefront home, you should remember that you are not just buying a house; you are also buying a lake in a sense. Understanding some of the unique details of living on a lake is extremely important from the start. Make sure you ask for photos from the seller and the seller’s agent that show lake conditions year-round; you will want snapshots of the shoreline during each of the seasons. These photos will give you an idea of what the waterline looks like throughout the year. Even if you must spend some time with the seller looking through family photos they don’t want to just turn over to you, it will help you to get an idea of the depth of the water, give you a view of any aquatic weeds that might be a problem, and so much more. Don’t forget to look for a dock; and if there’s one present, make sure it’s officially permitted and included in the sale of the property, so you are sure to have access.

Also, remember to ask a lot of questions. Speak to members of the lake association, if there is one, to find out any significant information regarding water quality and level control, aquatic weeds, swimming and boating restrictions, your responsibilities as a waterfront homeowner, etc. Approach some of your future neighbors as well; the closer they live to the lake home you are considering, the better the details they will be able to provide. These residents can tell you from personal experience about the shoreline conditions, boating traffic in the area, local fishing, and things like hidden costs and utilities that come with living in a home on the water.

Having the opportunity to buy a lakefront home so close to a major metroplex is a unique way to enjoy the lake life. Explore the DFW area to discover which lake strikes your fancy the most. Consider the proximity to the city itself, as well as the proximity to basic amenities and services like grocery stores, hospitals, and schools. Think also about how close you want to be to neighbors—that is, determine the lot size that will best meet your needs whether you are a very social person or someone who likes a little more privacy. Discuss these things with your realtor to help home in on the lake location and home that will suit you and your family best.

If you are thinking about relocating to a lakefront home, WEICHERT, REALTORS® – The Harrell Group is ready to help you!  The experienced real estate team based in the Flower Mound suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex will provide information and professional guidance so you can find a new home that is perfect for your family. Contact WEICHERT, REALTORS® – The Harrell Group to speak to a licensed real estate agent today.

Written by: Erika Mehlhaff