Evaluate your needs and your lifestyle to find the perfect waterfront property that’s everything you dreamed it would be.
When purchasing a home its critical that you have considered all of your needs and ensure that the property meets your desires. For a waterfront property though, whether its on the Napa Riverfront or in the Florida Keys, special considerations need to be taken to guarantee your new abode will not only suit your lifestyle but also allow you to enjoy the activities you love. Below are two essential steps to consider when purchasing a waterfront property.
1. Evaluate and determine your needs
Donald Buresh, a Napa Valley real estate agent specializing in waterfront properties says,
This is probably the most critical part of looking for waterfront property
When potential waterfront property homebuyers come to Buresh, the very first step taken is determining how the client intends to use their new property. He attempts to determine what their passions are, what they value most, and also what their priorities are pertaining to waterfront living. Ask yourself these questions when considering a waterfront property:
What specific activities do you enjoy that relate to your waterfront property?
- Boating: Boat size is a major factor for the avid boat enthusiast. It helps determine which waterfront properties can accommodate your existing boat. Properties that do not have the proper docking dimensions can easily be eliminated.
- Fishing: Those homebuyers that enjoy fishing will obviously want easy access to the water with a minimal walk to the point of casting. If you’re into fly fishing, you may be interested in Donald Buresh’s fly fishing blog here.
- Canoeing or Kayaking: For those that prefer a more intimate waterfront experience, waterfront properties in areas such as the Napa Riverfront are a perfect setting for this. Calm, serene, and absent of jet-ski’s and wake boarders.
How often do you plan to be at your waterfront property?
You’ll want to ask yourself if your new waterfront property will be a seasonal home, a vacation home, or your new primary residence. Take for example, rural Maine. Seasonal homes which are sometimes called “camps” are optimal during spring to mid-fall. However, they tend to lack the proper insulation and central heating system required for a winter’s stay. In the Napa Valley however, especially on the waterfront, homes are suitable for a year round experience.
2. Searching for Waterfront Properties
Different areas offer different climates, amenities, and communities. You will need to determine which best suits your lifestyle needs. What are your needs?
- Sandy beach
- Level lot
- Proximity to water
You may want to do a quick internet search on the area you are interested in. For example, the Napa Riverfront has quite a large amount of amenities. In fact, it even has it’s own website that’s packed full of information, entertainment, and news. You can find the site here: http://napasriverfront.com/.
With all of the many considerations that become present when purchasing a waterfront property, its absolutely critical that you have a real estate agent that specializes in this particular area. An experienced waterfront property agent, such as Donald Buresh, can help you wade through the more complex issues. He or she should also be able to assist you in locating the perfect waterfront property for your lifestyle.