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Old 07-18-2021, 06:55 PM
 
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Hello,

Can anyone suggest a lake that has houses right on a lake (where powerboats are permitted) within 90 mins of Philadelphia airport (nothing in NJ)? Budget under 750k.

Thanks
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Old 07-18-2021, 11:09 PM
 
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The only region in PA with a lot of natural lakes and ponds is northeastern PA. The rest of the state was shortchanged. Schuylkill County has a few small lakes that are within 1.5 to 2 hours of PHL. Lake Wynonah and Fawn Lake come to mind.
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Old 07-19-2021, 09:40 AM
 
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Agree with Wells. You're not going to have much luck within 90 minutes of PHL on the PA side. You said no to NJ, but there are lakes over there (Medford Lakes comes to mind). I just don't have any idea if power boats are permitted or not.
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Old 07-19-2021, 10:49 AM
 
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For under 750k, you are pretty much out of luck in PA. Southeast PA really got short-changed from geology but also when it comes to reservoirs, as well.

I would look in South Jersey. There are tons of lakes but in reality, for a powerboat you'll probably want the shore, bays, or major rivers. Any of the towns along the Delaware River/Bay and you can live like a king for 750k! Some of the areas closer to the Atlantic shore are definitely going to be bumping into your 90-minute requirement, though.

You can also look at upper Chesapeake northeastern Maryland towns like Northeast, Elkton, or Chesapeake City.

Here are some NJ examples:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...38403768_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...82774515_zpid/

Here are some MD examples:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...36671794_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...82127095_zpid/
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...82132364_zpid/

If you are deadset on PA, you will likely have to do the Poconos - but you're probably going to have to give a little on your 90 minute requirement.

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Old 07-19-2021, 09:56 PM
 
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Agree with Wells. You're not going to have much luck within 90 minutes of PHL on the PA side. You said no to NJ, but there are lakes over there (Medford Lakes comes to mind). I just don't have any idea if power boats are permitted or not.
There are a lot of small lakes down there and none of them allow power boats. They're quite small. Pennsylvanians would call them call ponds. Since I'm from Pennsylvania and know what a real lake looks like, I think of them as ponds.

When my husband and I moved to Southern New Jersey in the 1990s, we rented in Kings Grant in Marlton. He could get to the Philly airport in less than 90 minutes. It was about an hour at the right time of day.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:33 AM
 
Location: South Philadelphia
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What about around Lake Nockamixon? It's about an hour and 15 to an hour and a half away.

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Old 07-20-2021, 08:54 AM
 
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What about around Lake Nockamixon? It's been an hour and 15 to an hour and a half away.
Nockamixon and Blue Marsh are the two that come to mind within 90 mins of PHL. I don't know about lakefront property at either one, though.
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:06 AM
 
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The only region in PA with a lot of natural lakes and ponds is northeastern PA. The rest of the state was shortchanged. Schuylkill County has a few small lakes that are within 1.5 to 2 hours of PHL. Lake Wynonah and Fawn Lake come to mind.
I think there are a few lake communities in the Poconos, but I'm not sure they are within the distance parameters. There's a thread here where the boat criteria is mentioned. Gas Powered Motors on Lakes in NEPA I live in the Southern part of Lehigh county (Bucks county line is about a mile away) and I know several people that have second homes on a Pocono mountain lake, but all are an hour or more North of us.

Nockamixon is a State Park, not really a lake community. There may be some private places around it, but I haven't seen them when we go canoeing out there.
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