Ah, lakefront homes (you know, Lake Allatoona, Lake Lanier and other lake areas around metro Atlanta). The mere phrase draws up images of delightful vacations:
- long summer days spent lazing by the lakefront
- swimming in the lake, the smell of trees and wood smoke
- a relaxing, idyllic time.
And perhaps this image continues in your mind to encompass the lakefront home itself. Imagine a charming, rustic cottage, with simple furnishings and an unassuming appearance on the outside. Or consider lakefront mansions that were built around the turn of the previous century in many parts of the country. These were lakefront homes built as summer houses for wealthy city dwellers. They were majestic and expensively outfitted, not unlike the waterfront homes along the beaches of Florida and California.
Waterfront homes, whether oceanfront or lakefront, are a lifestyle choice for many, and can even be found in landlocked metro Atlanta.
Those images of waterfront property may well represent many people’s ideas of contemporary lakefront homes, but the current reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. While today’s lakefront homes include large mansions to small waterfront cottages, lakefront homes today still include second homes, but several are primary residences and can include renovated and newer homes; but also waterfront lots waiting for you to build your dream home.
As second homes, lakefront homes nowadays are being designed with the ability to house family and friends. A home where you are able to host multiple family members and friends at the same time. And don’t forget holidays, when you can host as many as possible in the same place. A lakefront home is a perfect place to create memories and celebrate these traditions.
These kinds of needs mean that lakefront homeowners require space – sometimes more space than those old waterfront cottages could offer. Also, lakefront property has a high value, and people are building upscale homes to match those higher values. Homeowners ask, why erect a tiny cottage on an expensive piece of waterfront property? Some homeowners may just want a weekend cottage where they can escape without the upkeep of a larger home.
The lakefront cottage of today is a far cry from the lakefront cabin of yesterday. In the old days, cottages were apt to be dark and cramped, with few modern appliances and amenities, and unfinished attics. Nowadays, waterfront properties are being built with all the conveniences of a primary residence and then some. Every room is finished and many are outfitted with bunk beds in order to accommodate visitors.
One thing, though, that the larger lakefront homes have in common with their cottage-type predecessors is a less formal interior. All the modern amenities and conveniences are present, but they are presented in a casual, artful way befitting the lakefront lifestyle. Today’s lakefront homeowners want upscale style and elegance, but they want it in a casual way, with easy upkeep. After all, the goal of owning waterfront property is to be able to enjoy the benefits of living on a lake, not to have to spend all your time cleaning and fixing up the house.
Lakefront Homes in Metro Atlanta
Lakefront homes on Lake Allatoona, Lake Lanier and other lakes around metro Atlanta that offer boating and other recreational activities are in high demand with limited inventory. Some are older and may require updating, while others are move-in ready, and in some areas waterfront lots offer a blank slate for you to create the home of your dreams, whether it is your primary residence or second/weekend/vacation home.
If you’ve always dreamed of owning a lakefront home, now is an excellent time to start looking. You’ll be thrilled with all of the options you’ll find in the market for waterfront property.