The Pros and Cons of Living Near the Water

If the sounds of nature & specifically water are an enjoyable part of your day or night, you can ditch the white noise machine & go for the real thing by buying a waterfront home. The waves & breeze rolling off the water, or the soothing sounds of birds will certainly rock you to sleep. But… before taking the “plunge,” it’s important to consider all the pros and cons of living near water…

One of the best benefits of living near water is tranquility. The sounds, the smells & the air itself all have calming effect… & the views can be spectacular at almost any time of day or night & in any weather condition.

Another huge benefit of homes near the water is that they often offer a higher level of privacy. Rather than staring at the back of another home…there’s a built-in guarantee that other new properties won’t pop up overnight & or in close proximity! In a big city like Calgary…privacy is in short supply these days, so living on the waterfront or at least close to the water is a definite perk to the YYC lifestyle.

Naturally, living near water also means that you are just seconds away from many water activities. There’s sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, wake-boarding, skiing, and much, much more which often leads to a healthier lifestyle.

And lastly, houses near the water are in limited supply…which means that the homes are more desirable and will retain their value longer!

But…for all the advantages of waterfront property, there are also a few disadvantages.

The most pressing concern is the increased exposure to natural risk. As was experienced in YYC in 2013 Storm surges can flood & erode property, & waterfront properties are more susceptible to wind damage. So for these reasons and more, an increased insurance premium may be charged & flood insurance may or may not be available!

Also…general maintenance on a waterfront property can also be more costly. The humidity, the mist & the perpetual state of dampness can all affect the roof, exterior, windows and grounds of the property…also water can be a breeding zone for pesky insects including mosquitoes which can be a major nuisance…& finally when the doors and windows face the water, properties can be vulnerable to burglaries.

So…to some up, waterfront living is the lifelong dream for many…& it’s a lifestyle found attractive by most! If you would you like more information on the YYC lake communities, or are wondering about other amenities in the various Calgary lake communities …

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& if there’s any other advantages or disadvantages that you see that I haven’t mentioned… I’d welcome your comments below…