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Old 03-02-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for all the wellwished and pictures! You're all awesome! I'm still on the look but am traveling to some of these locations this year to check them out!
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:20 AM
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deep creek lake, md

i don't own any of the pictures but if you did a google search of the area you'd see just how great an area it is.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN
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States of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Stick maps of each on the wall, blindfold yourself and throw a dart and you will hit a lakefront community that fits the bill. Most states with lots of natural lakes will have long winters because the lakes were mostly formed by the last glacial retreat. Kind of goes with the territory.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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You can also look at communities in the Finger Lakes, on Lake Ontario, Lake George, Lake Champlain and Oneida Lake, among others, in Upstate NY.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Mn, Wi and Mi are all overflowing with water. THe upper midwest has more lakes than anywhere else in America, and its more likely to be affordable there than anywhere. Another area is the northeast, specifically upstate New York and Maine Those states have some unbelievably beautiful lakes surrounded by mountains. The prices are much steeper in the northeast however, so did deep if you want to be there.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:15 AM
 
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Mn, Wi and Mi are all overflowing with water. THe upper midwest has more lakes than anywhere else in America, and its more likely to be affordable there than anywhere. Another area is the northeast, specifically upstate New York and Maine Those states have some unbelievably beautiful lakes surrounded by mountains. The prices are much steeper in the northeast however, so did deep if you want to be there.
I wouldn't say that prices are much steeper. Taxes might be higher in parts of the NE that the OP might look at, but overall COL in those parts are at or just under the national average.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Prices are steep in New York only in the areas that are within commuting distance of New York City, or maybe a bit more north than that. Eastern and southern New York State properties are expensive, western and northern are not. Once you get beyond the reach of NYC or the capital region (Albany), housing and property prices are much more affordable. Fortunately, that is where some of New York's best and most abundant lakefront property can be found. The lakes are also within easy reach of major cities for shopping, as the original poster asked for.

Although property taxes ARE high in New York, there's no denying that.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Allow me to suggest the Iowa Great Lakes region. It seems to have everything you are looking for.

Here is a postcard featuring the Iowa Great Lakes from 1907
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...onIowa1907.jpg (broken link)

Sailing on West Okoboji Lake


Another Picture of West Okoboji Lake
http://www.okobojivacation.com/images/okoboji_lake.jpg (broken link)

Spirit Lake
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...-1QHv9AnMw&t=1 (broken link)

Spirit Lake again


I believe this is East Okoboji Lake

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Aerial view of West Okoboji


Along a trail
http://www.cityofwestokoboji.org/ima...%20Okoboji.JPG (broken link)

And one last picture

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Old 03-11-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Default Beautiful Central Florida lake front home for sale

Hi, I have a home for sale in Central Florida in the Ocala National Forest, which fills your described wants perfectly. It is a 4/3 directly on Church Lake in Silver Springs, Florida. Nice and chilly in winter, breezy summers on the lake. Swimming, fishing, skiing, sunning around the lake. The small number of homeowners around the lake have a strong sense of community. For shopping there is Orlando about an hour south, which has Outlet malls, Disney, and lots of other great places to shop. Lots of antique shops around area and in Ocala. You can look at pictures of it on Trulia - it has a dock, boat ramp, barn, and is on 1.05 acres of land, covered with old beautiful trees. Sadly divorce forces sale.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:12 PM
 
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Just a few miles out from the Memphis city limits is the town of Lakeland,TN. 250 acre lake fed by streams and springs, 50 feet deep at deepest point, several neighborhood communities with waterfront homes - more affordable now than a year or two ago.
(www.lakelandtn.gov) Six miles from large mall.
Seasons are clearly distinct, but the summers are hot, if that matters a lot when you've got your own pontoon boat at the foot of your yard to float out meet your neighbors with a glass of wine to salute the spectacular sunset and take a cool dip.
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