Why People Love to Live on the Water

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Emotional value

Absolutely nothing compares to waking up to the tranquility of living on the water, and it’s not necessarily about “the view.” Whether you’re right on the ocean or simply on a canal, a truly peaceful sense comes with living in a waterfront property. In addition, nothing beats jumping on a boat (or in Lisa’s case, an imaginary yacht) right outside your home!

Lisa said once she moved away from the water, she felt a void in her life. If you’ve never experienced waterfront living, you probably wouldn’t understand that sentiment. But for those who have, no price tag is more valuable than sheer quality of life.

Monetary value

Waterfront homes typically are worth more than dry lot homes. The location and type of waterfront (Intracoastal Waterway, lake, canal or ocean) can affect the value as well. Water may not be so limited (making up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface), but land to build waterfront homes on is pretty scarce, making it that much more desirable and pricey. With that said, waterfront homes are also generally more expensive to maintain because of environmental and insurance factors.

Even with the heftier price tag, deals can still be made with waterfront homes. Lisa was able to get her property for $1.099 million — $100,000 less than its appraised value! Make sure to work with an experienced real estate agent who knows waterfront areas and can help negotiate the best deal for you so you’re always staying “above water.”