What Homeowners Love About Lakeside Living
Owning a property on the Okanagan Lake has its perks. This is what homeowners in Kelowna love about having a home right on the water.
One of the biggest draws to Kelowna is the opportunity to live next to Okanagan Lake. Spanning 135 kilometres long and five kilometres wide, this spectacular body of water makes for an incredible backdrop to the city. But as any waterfront dweller will tell you, lakeside living is not just about having great scenery. Besides the great views, homeowners report numerous advantages of having a home right on the water. These are just a few things homeowners love about lakeside living.
Proximity to Unspoiled Nature
Nothing beats being able to open your front door and walk just a few steps to the beach and water. When you live on the lake in Kelowna, you can spend time in the great outdoors without having to pack up a car and drive to a scenic spot. Just step outside and you can take a dip in the water, enjoy a picnic on the beach, or go for a run along the sand or boardwalk. It’s all at your doorstep.
A lakeside property is a sound investment as it will certainly appreciate in value over time. After all, waterfront homes are always in high demand for their scenic settings and the fact that the views will never be blocked by future development. A lakeside home also has great rental potential because waterfront properties are highly sought after for holidays and can command higher rental rates than inland accommodation.
“What we’re hearing from homebuyers post-pandemic is that the laid-back Okanagan lifestyle is appealing in a number of ways,” says Carlee Baird, Director of Sales at Mission Group. “People are coming here from Vancouver because they want a water view or a lakeside home without paying Vancouver’s prices, and that’s still attainable in Kelowna.”
She also noted that buyers coming to Kelowna still have big-city expectations: “Homeowners want to feel connected to the lake, but they don’t want to compromise on amenities and finishes. A community like Aqua Waterfront Village offers them unparalleled access to the water, as well as premium finishes, a spectacular amenity package, and of course, the onsite boat club. There is truly nothing else quite like it.”
A Sense of Serenity
It’s hard to gaze out at the sunlight sparkling off Okanagan Lake and not feel a deep sense of calm. At a waterfront property, you can tap into that zen-like feeling any time of day by simply sitting on your balcony or curling up in a chair next to a water-facing window and soaking up the views. Kelowna’s relaxed atmosphere only adds to that sensation of being able to slow down and savour each moment.
Fun Activities for the Whole Family
There’s always something to do when you live next to the lake, no matter your age. During the summer months, residents can swim, paddleboard, water ski, and kayak in their own backyard. Some waterfront properties like Aqua also offer exclusive boat clubs where you can moor your own boat or have unlimited access to vessels via boat sharing programs. During the winter, you can walk the snow-covered paths that wind around the lake and head to Stuart Park for ice skating.
Owning a home on Okanagan Lake is about having so much more than just great views. Not only do you get access to the great outdoors and tons of exciting activities for all ages, as well as a peaceful place to switch off and destress, but your property can actually make you money in the long run. Whether you’re considering buying a year-round residence or a vacation home, you can’t go wrong with a lakeside property in Canada’s fastest-growing city.
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