6 Reasons We Prefer a Lake Home to a Beach House

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There are cat people and there are dog people. Chocolate or vanilla? Lake home or beach house? When it comes down to it, there is no right or wrong answer, but here are six reasons why we prefer a lake home to a beach house!

Reason #1: Sand

Little girl playing in sand at beach

Sand. Sand everywhere.

If you spend time out on the beach, prepare to bring pounds of it back home with you.

You can rest assured that the hard-to-clean-up substance will end up in your shoes, your car, all around the house, and even in the bed.

Oh, and that’s without even mentioning sand spurs or sand gnats/flies!

Reason #2: Salt Water

Happy children playing in water at beach
Photo courtesy of Safer Tourism Organization.

Some may prefer the saltwater to the freshwater, but it’s nice to be able to look around underwater unaided by goggles and without burning your eyes.

Reason #3: Sharks

No swimming sharks sign

While not a completely rational fear, there is a percentage of the population who is afraid of sharks.

If that’s the case, come on over to the lake.

There are no freshwater sharks, with the exception of the bull shark, which can travel up rivers but generally stays near the coast.

Not to mention, there is no way for a bull shark to get over a man-made dam which almost all lakes of size are created by.

Reason #4: Rope Swings/Cliff Faces

Man swinging on rope swing at lake with dog

Beaches do not offer trees, nor does it offer a “deep area” where someone can just jump in the water from some height.

You are forced to wade into the shallow water until it gradually gets deeper.

On the other hand, lakes can be hundreds of feet deep right at the edge of the shoreline. This provides ample opportunity for cliff jumping, launching from a rope swing, or perfecting your dive!

Reason #5: Docks

Older retired man relaxing on dock at lake

A large portion of lakeside properties includes a private dock or the ability to construct one, whereas many beach homes do not.

Similar to reason 4, this can provide a platform to dive into the water, even from as high as 25 feet if you have a double-decker dock.

In addition to diving, the dock provides an excellent platform to fish from, and many species of fish will naturally take cover in the water under the dock.

It’s also the perfect place to relax or hang out.

You can grill out, sunbathe, read a book, or whatever you’d like, all the while enjoying the sounds and scenery of being right on the lake.

Reason #6: Cost/Availability

Historic Charleston lake community on Colonial Lake

While both freshwater and coastal shorelines can only provide a finite amount of real estate, there are actually many more miles of lake shoreline than coastal.

In fact, there are more lake shoreline miles in the state of Alabama than there are coastline miles on the entire Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico (in the U.S.) combined.

What does this boil down to? Supply and demand.

Both properties are more costly than your average primary home, but there is a much larger supply of lake property, making it a lower price point in many instances.

At the end of the day, both lake and beach properties make for fantastic getaways. And though we may be a little bit biased, there are pros and cons to each location.

We just choose to head to the lake.

Do you prefer the lake? If so let us know why in the comments below!

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Lynda Hester February 22, 2016 at 11:55 pm


Great job on this article. I could not agree more! ( In addition, lakes often have trees nearby thereby providing shade. There is NO shade anywhere on a beach. In this time of vigilant protection from the sun’s harmful rays, having a shady spot by the lake is a great added value to owning a lake home!
Another positive – friends can come to visit by boat. Not so at the ocean ( for the most part).


Eli Kirkley February 26, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Very true Lynda, excellent points!


Sarah Smith June 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm

My husband and I are thinking about getting a waterside property. Thanks for the advice about how if you live by the beach you’ll always have sand everywhere and normally no trees right by the water. Anther great thing about lake properties is that you can go boating on the lake and have it be glass smooth from most of the day depending on the weather.


Danielle Dulion August 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

We are happy you find this article useful! Salty water and air also cause vehicles and other items to deteriorate more quickly. There are numerous amazing reasons why a lake home is more applicable than a beach house. Please let us know if you would like one of our expert agents to show you around lake properties.


Benita Sprint January 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

Exactly! All of the above is true. My home is lakefront facing east. From my sunroom, morning sun shines like a million diamonds on water ripples. Full moon shines across the water and you feel like you are on a cruise. Lake living rocks….


Irene May 12, 2018 at 3:58 pm

I have been spending 3 weekends now browsing the internet on anything pros and cons of lakefront house purchasing for future retirement. I love the beach. Especially walking in early morning or late in the afternoon. I always dream of owning even a very small beachouse. I came across a site showed lake homes properties. I was amazed how affordable the prices. I can’t afford a beachome 1b/1b for almost $800k. Now I see the big pros and cons of lakefront homes or living in the lake as very convincing. Property prices are also big consideration when thinking of retirement. Thanks for all the comments. I will continue browsing until I close on either 1: lake vs beach.


Eli Richardson August 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

My parents are thinking of buying a house near the ocean or a lake. You stated that. You stated that lake properties offer a deck or the right to build one. This is something my dad will love since he enjoys boat riding.


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