If you’re interested in purchasing a home at Smith Mountain Lake, chances are that you want to be as close to the water as possible. When searching for property, you may come across terms such as lakefront, lake view, and lake access (or waterfront, water view, and water access.)

Lakefront (or waterfront) means that your property includes shoreline. Most buyers choose this option because they want a private piece of shoreline. It’s also convenient for those who choose to do a lot of boating or watersports. Most lakefront properties come with a dock so that homeowners can come and go as they please (and entertaining friends and family on your own private dock is also a perk!)

But what if you’re not into boating or watersports? Maybe you’ve fallen in love with the beauty of the lake, and seeing it from your home is all you need. If that’s the case, then a lake view (or water view) property might be right for you. You’re still enjoying the calming views of Smith Mountain Lake without any of the maintenance of having your own shoreline.

Maybe you want to split the difference and have a little bit of both. You want access to the lake, but you don’t necessarily need it to be private. Then a lake access (or water access) property could be your best bet. Lake access properties may not have a clear view of the lake, but they do have access to it. Depending on the location, you may be able to reach the lake via community dock or path.

Of course, the most important question to ask yourself is which property suits your desired lifestyle? That’s when working with an experienced Smith Mountain Lake real estate agent comes into play. After your initial consultation, your agent will be able to narrow down the list of available properties to ones that fit your criteria best.

I would love the opportunity to show you all that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer. Contact me to get started.