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The Right Location on the Lake for Your Home Part 1

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Once again author Kenyon Blunt gives us some invaluable input on Smith Mountain Lake living. We often don’t think about some of the details that may affect our lives drastically once we have the lake home we have been looking for. Helping us think ahead is what Kenyon Blunt is good at.

When you’re looking for a lake home, it’s just like any other real estate purchase; it’s all about location. And nothing impacts the decision more than how close you are to the water. Do you want lakefront property so you can dock your boat right outside? Or, do you want a view of the lake so you can sit on your dock and enjoy the sunsets?


Picking the right lake home is influenced more by your objectives than anything else. If it’s going to be more about an investment than retirement, you will want it closer to your residence so you can check on it from time to time. If you’ll be using it as a getaway for family and friends, make sure that it’s easy for them to find.


There are two phases to your search; 1) gather as much information as possible and 2) become very familiar with the area by making thorough personal investigations. The best place to start is by looking right in the mirror and doing a little self-analysis:

  • How much will you use your lake home? Do you plan on going on weekends, for the summer, or occasional vacations?
  • How do you plan on using it? Will your lake home be used for quiet getaways or will it be more like the Grand Central Station for lake activities?
  • Are you trying to reclaim your past? Does nostalgia for a certain location enter into the picture?
  • How long will you own your lake home? Will this be the same home you’ll use in retirement or is it an interim step to something nicer?
  • Will your lake home be used for business as well? Do you plan on having any corporate or church retreats in your lake home?

About the Author:
Kenyon Blunt is the publisher of “Lake Home Tips.”
Kenyon Blunt, LakeHomeTips
10026-A S. Mingo Road #274, Tulsa, OK 74133-5700
Telephone: 918.630.0554

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