So we have talked about Oakland County all sports lakes, limited all sports lakes, non motorized lakes, and quite lakes on the last page. What else you should be considering when buying a lake property in Oakland County Michigan? We have talked about what you and your family want in a lake home as far as activities such as bird watching, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, sailing, jet skiing, and wakeboarding.
So let's talk about size of Oakland County lake properties. If you have the dream of finding a lake property with 2 or 3 acres you better have some deep pockets. There are very few lake properties with large lots and large acreage in the metro Detroit area. To find a secluded home is rare. If you do it is going to cost you. Remember the larger the frontage on a lake the most likely the price of the lake home is going to be higher.
Many lake home buyers think that it would be easy to buy a lake lot and build their own home. Yes there are still vacant lots on many lakes, but you have to be careful. Building restrictions may make the lot unbuildable. Septic system requirements and lack of sewers can make the lot unbuildable. So whenever you buy a lakefront lot be sure to have a clause that gives you time to do your due diligence. To have the time to do your research with the community's building department so you know whether you can build the lake home you want on the lot.
So are you just going to use this lake home as a weekend getaway or is it going to be a year round home for you. How much frontage on the lake do you want. Believe it or not I sold a home on White Lake in White Lake Township last year that only had 26' of lake front. If you live in a bay on a lake the frontage on the lake is be small. The road frontage is going to be larger than the lake frontage. It is going to be triangle shaped property. So the basic premise of Oakland County properties is that the larger the lake frontage the more expensive the property and home will be. The home may be a shack or a tear down, but all the value is in the land.
Different lakes in the area will have different sized lots that vary from 35' to over 200'. I would say that most lake lots in Oakland County range from 35'-80'. So keep that in mind when looking at lake properties the wider the lot the more it is worth. Other things to consider is the lake bottom. What is the lake bottom like in front of the property you are buying? Is it a sandy bottom or mucky bottom? Is it clear of vegetation or does it have lily pads or cattails in front of the property.
Vegetation in front of the property, or a mucky bottom is not as desirable as a sandy bottom. That is why it is wise to shop for a Oakland County lake property when you can see the lake bottom. If it is ice covered you have no clue what is under there. If you want to swim with your grandchildren out front then go for the sandy bottom. The lot will be or should be less expensive is it is full of lilly pads and cattails.
So what you have learned today is go for the widest lot possible, and the lake lot that does not have vegation in it. The last part of looking for a lake lot is the view. We will go over that next.
Searching for an All Sports Lake in Oakland County Michigan
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