North Harbor Christie’s International Real Estate was recently interviewed and featured in The New York Times Online. Lakefront destinations have been gaining popularity for several reasons, and people around the globe are setting their eyes on owning property on these freshwater retreats. The article features four up-and-coming lakefront locations, ideal for buyers that enjoy watersports and having lake access right out their front door.
While oceanfront property has certainly always been sought after, there is now a trend towards owning lakefront property for similar reasons. Searches alone for lakefront properties have almost doubled since last year, and actual property sales in these areas are also increasing.
Why? Lakefront properties are less prone to flooding and risk no saltwater damage, which means lower insurance rates. In addition, lakefront homes tend to be more affordable for perspective buyers. Its more realistic to have a dock on a lake than an ocean, which means faster and easier access to watersports like boating, paddle boarding, wake surfing and kayaking. “You have so much entertainment in your own backyard…it’s like you’re always on vacation,” said Christie’s International Real Estate Executive Director, Rick Moeser.
The four lakes featured in the article are scattered around the globe- Lake Maggiore, Italy, Lake Geneva, France, The Lake District, Chile, and of course our local favorite, Northern Lake Michigan, USA. Jeff Wellman speaks to the allure of Michigan’s Gold Coast and its surrounding communities, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix and others, noting the easy access to the outdoors, quality restaurants and rich history.
This exciting news and information from the New York Times is yet another reason why it’s a great time to list your home or property in the highly desirable area of Northern Michigan. Lakefront living is gaining popularity around the globe, and our beautiful Lake Michigan is at the top of the list. Contact our office today to learn what your home is worth, and list with Northern Michigan’s luxury real estate experts.
Owning North Harbor Christie’s International Real Estate in our newly renovated office in Petoskey, MI is amazing. Not only because being a Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate has been a lifelong goal but because it allows me to serve my clients in a uniquely modern way. We have access to not only the networks of Northern Michigan but the global real estate network with Christie’s. I get to bring the systems that work for fine art to the real estate industry in Northern Michigan.
What can be more exciting for a luxury home specialist but to be working with the premiere luxury art house Christie’s?! As a Lake Charlevoix native, I have a deep love for Michiganders and our relaxed lifestyle. I approach both life and real estate with sincerity, honesty, and professionalism. Even after 33 years, for me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client fall in love with his or her new home, cottage, condo, or property in Northern Michigan. I cater to the most discerning clients.
Whether you seek a pleasant peninsula all your own or a home thick in the bustle of Charlevoix’s Venetian Festival, I am ready and able to meet your desires in a bespoke home. I eat, breathe, and sleep Lake Charlevoix.