Posted by: Roby Robertson | December 8, 2009

Lake Norman Waterfront vs. Lake Norman Waterview

One of the toughest things to do when looking for property at Lake Norman is figuring out what defines waterfront and what defines warterview.  I know it sounds pretty straightforward, however because of the choices we agents have for entering data into MLS it is not always easy to determine.  

Rather maybe I should say “determine what is actually good waterfront or good waterview”.   You see there is a dilemma when defining ‘good’ Lake Norman waterfront or waterview.

First, lets analyse waterfront property.  Lake Norman waterfront property is just that.  Property that exist on the water.  However, not all waterfront is created equal.  Some of the reasons are obvious and often times the price will tell us whether the home has a beautiful unabated view of the lake or exists in the back of cove.

For example, I found a gorgeous home on the water having a cost over 3 millions dollars  with a deeded boat slip.  What this means is that the home can not have it’s own dock because it does not meet one or more of the restrictions set forth by Duke Energy.  Also some waterfront homes are in the back of coves with questionable water depth.  In winter the depth of Lake Norman drops 5-6 feet or more.  We end up calling some of these homes mud-fronts!   So you can see waterfront property on Lake Norman is not all created equal.

Waterview homes are even more difficult to ascertain.  I was showing waterview property( as defined by the listing agent)  one time and it was waterview as long as you walked to the end of the driveway and looked to your left.  Also many listing agents will list a home as waterview AND waterfront meaning it can skew the number of waterview homes.   Then we have what we call seasonal waterview.  This means when the leaves fall off the trees, you can actually see the water. 

All in all this can be frustrating.  Your Realtor (buyers agent) should actually view pictures of the homes or better yet, preview the homes for you so you don’t have to walk to the end of the driveway to see the water.  Lesson learned on my part!  Bottom line is make sure you have a full understanding of this dilemma before you jump in the car to see homes!

Here are some statistics that reiterate the puzzle we of lake Norman waterfront vs. lake Norman waterview:

758 Properties for sale at Lake Norman described as Waterview.

916 Properties for sale at Lake Norman described as Waterfront.

312 Properties for sale at Lake Norman described as Waterview with a boat slip, pier and/or dock.

665 Properties for sale at Lake Norman described as Waterfront with a boat slip, pier and/or dock.

42 Properties for sale at Lake Norman described as Waterview with a deeded boat slip.

40 Properties for sale at Lake Norman described as Waterfront with a deeded boat slip.

Lake Norman Broker Roby Robertson, EzineArticles.com  AuthorContact Roby Robertson at 704 451 7051

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