It’s not an uncommon dream to someday hope to own a waterfront property. Many people start browsing around for beach condos and luxury lake homes for sale, but never actually get there. Whether the reason for that is a lack of finances or unwillingness to commit to a new property, it’s time to start the search again. But this time, purchasing a waterfront property might actually be in the cards for you.
A common mistake is to begin a property search in touristic areas with high property values. This is a great way to become discouraged fast, and it’s why many people end the search before even seeing any properties in person. But guess what? Not all waterfront properties are outrageously priced, especially if you search around in these 4 under-the-radar waterfront destinations in the US.
South Manitou Island, Michigan
It’s commonly believed around the world that nice beaches don’t exist in the Midwest United States. Although nice beaches are hard to come by in the Midwestern states, it’s certainly not impossible to find a beach or two in this region. One of the prettiest beaches in the area can be found on Michigan’s South Manitou Island. To get to the island, you’ll have to take a ferry from mainland Michigan, but it’s within easy reach.
The main beach of South Manitou stretches 3 miles, and it is one of the most pristine 3-mile stretches of waterfront views you’ll ever see in the Midwest. Properties on the actual island aren’t the cheapest, but for a more affordable price, you can search for a waterfront property on the mainland. Of course, you’ll have to take the ferry whenever you want to get to South Manitou, but it’s fast and cheap to get there.
Colgate Lake, New York
One of the beauties of buying a waterfront property in New York is that you get to experience all the seasons of the year. This might not sound appealing to you, but trust us when we say that the changing colors of the leaves near Colgate Lake is a breathtaking sight. The beauty surrounding Colgate Lake is completely unspoiled, and the majority of the homes here are quaint and charming.
Matheson Hammock Park, Florida
So far we’ve covered two destinations that are prone to very cold weather in the winter months. This isn’t for everyone, and some real estate shoppers are hoping for a waterfront property that stays warm all year. This can be found at Matheson Hammock Park in Florida. Search for properties just outside the park so that you can ride your bikes to the calm beaches of Matheson Hammock.
Gooseberry Beach, Rhode Island
Owning a property near Rhode Island’s Gooseberry Beach has its perks. Anyone who has spent time at the water’s edge at Gooseberry describes it as a secret beach dream come true. If flies so far under the radar that there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find some seclusion while reading a book on the sand.