viewSome of my clients are looking for lakefront property or at the very least, one with a lake view. Austin waterfront homes are scarce simply due to the limited real estate available that surrounds the lake. What can limit the search even further is the intended use one expects to gain by owning waterfront property.

Homes Near the Lake in Austin Texas

Lakefront homes do not always mean easy access to the lake. Even direct access can vary from walking across a lawn to descending a steep flight of stairs. Maybe you want to have a boat docked in the water or the potential to have one. All of these are points to consider including the biggest one — do you even need to access the lake? Sure, water access may be nice to have, but maybe you only really want the view.

For many, water activities are seasonal. A nearby public boat dock or neighborhood park may offer enough convenience for water access. Maintenance, on the other hand, is not seasonal. If a home has direct lake access, there may be a boat dock and a steep flight of stairs used to access the lake to maintain. These are added expenses that can be costly. Another data point to be mindful of is flood insurance. Flood insurance is often required, which is another expense a buyer will need to budget for.

Homes for Sale in Austin Texas

There is nothing like having the lake as your neighbor. The lake can provide constant entertainment like kayaking, stand up paddling and boating. For others, a lake view affords homeowners some added privacy and a peaceful setting. Just consider what you want and what you need from it — before starting your search. The greater Austin area touches Lake Austin, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake.

Downtown condos can offer easy access to the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail along with unparalleled views. Downtown lakefront condos like the Milago, offer the luxury of lakefront living without the maintenance of the expansive decking, stairs and dock. There is a waterfront page on my website that captures lakefront properties for sale or I can customize a search.