If you live on the east coast then I know you may be thinking the same thing as the title of this post. Even before Hurricane Joaquin became a threat, it has been raining for the past 8 days.
I love water and want to live by a body of it and do enjoy the coziness of a rainy day, but don’t enjoy when it comes out of the sky almost non-stop for a week. It has made our search a little damp, but we still have been able to look at many lakes and homes from Maryland to Georgia.
I wanted to share bright and sunny lake house pictures with you, instead all my photos are dark and dreary except for the first day of our house hunting adventure when we went to see this home. It was on 10 acres on the eastern shore of Maryland. A nice house but a little too rural for us.
It did however have this outdoor sleeping room. I tucked this idea away in my brain….even better than a sleeping porch.
Of all the houses we have seen, the one with this view is my favorite house. It had 9 foot ceilings, big wide porches front and back, was open and airy and on a golf course. It was on the Ablemarle Sound in Edenton, NC. We liked it, but decided we would rather live on a lake and be able to take scenic kayak jaunts without worrying about fighting a strong current. The trees in the sound look fake, but they are all along the waterfront and are a natural part of the scenery there.
In each town we went to, I checked to see if there were any cute shops. I stumbled upon this one in Edenton. 2 floors of pretty stuff for the home. I decided I want one of these wood and glass paneled doors on my lake house. They are quite common in the south.
This house had the most amazing view of all the houses we looked at. It was on the Pamlico River. It was a very cool home that sat way up high, but the river current would make it hard to just casually float on a tube on a hot summer day or kayak.
After we left the coast, we headed to central South Carolina. We liked this house on Lake Murray and its view. We may revisit it, but it needed ALOT of updating and not just cosmetic stuff. It would require totally gutting the kitchen and bathrooms, driving the price well over our budget. If they lower the price, then it may become a contender.
The realtor we worked with at Lake Murray took us out on his boat to look at houses the second day we were there. This house is is high on our list. Sorry about the blurry pic, but I was on a moving boat when I took it. It is within our budget, nice views, and open concept floor plan.
It looks out to wide water, but is on a small cove that feels private. You are not allowed to remove trees, but you can remove the limbs that block a view. :-)
It needs work, but not anything too overwhelming. I loved all the flowering pink and purple bushes, too!
This house also on Lake Murray was in our budget, but the floor plan was not ideal and it needed too much work. I loved the wide water view, but it has no shade trees around it. We would like more trees :-)
This house was very nice. Move-in condition, except for one thing….there was an awful smell permeating the entire house. Not smoke, pets, or septic, but something seeping in somewhere. We couldn’t figure out what it was, but it was strong! It has been on the market a long time.
On our boat tour, it was fun to dream about a big house out on its own point.
On Wednesday we went to Lake Keowee and the sun came out for about an hour when we went to see this home. It was very nice, but I didn’t like that the kitchen was closed off and didn’t look out to the lake. I really want a view of the lake in the room where I spend so much time.
Yesterday we went out on Lake Keowee by boat. It is a very pretty lake with many huge homes like this.
Today we are headed to two more lakes and then our house hunting adventure will take us back home where we will have lots to think about and will then pinpoint which lake or lakes we want to focus on for subsequent visits.
If you are on the east coast…don’t forget your umbrella today.