For some homeowners of waterfront properties, living next to an ocean, river or lake means 24/7 access to sun, sand and surf. For other homeowners, waterfront living means a calm and peaceful place to relax and connect with nature. Below are the pros and cons of purchasing a waterfront property.
Pros: Privacy, Beauty and Atmosphere
An oceanfront, riverfront or lakefront property can offer you valuable privacy that typical neighborhoods with fenced-in properties cannot.Waterfront properties provide owners with a sense of solitude and seclusion that is lacking in communities where neighbors live within close proximity and a private backyard is difficult to find.
Living by the water can give you the feeling that you are perpetually on vacation. Waterfront views are spectacular, and by owning a property on the water, you get to awake to those views each and every day.
Waterfront living is a lifestyle that can eliminate the distractions of cars, horns and daily living and reconnect you with the tranquility of nature. In the time it takes you to make the bed, a riverfront owner will likely see several deer grazing, mallard ducks paddling along the river and other wildlife enjoying the bounty of nature.
Cons: Isolation, Inclement Weather
Living by the water doesn’t come without a few drawbacks. With privacy comes isolation, as waterfront properties tend to be further from town. This removal from the commotions of town may be advantageous to some, but to others, high gas prices combined with lengthy commutes to town may become costly and time-consuming. Because of this, quick trips to the grocery store for last minute dinner items may have to be replaced by one or two weekly trips to the supermarket.
With clear-blue, sunny skies also comes cloudy weather and rain. Waterfront property owners should be aware of potential property damage due to inclement weather. For oceanfront homebuyers especially, storms and year-round exposure to harsh, saltwater air can wreak havoc on homes and require more frequent maintenance and repairs.
Before purchasing a home on the water it is important that you do your research in order to find a property that will suit your lifestyle and allow you to enjoy the activities that you love. Let Napa Riverfront Realtor, Donald Buresh, help you find the waterfront home that satisfies all your needs. Call him today at 707-548-2545!