Houses by the lake are more and more in demand


Rick Moeser, executive director of Christie’s International Real Estate, added that beachfront properties were also more susceptible to damage from salt water. “Your furniture, your roof and even your landscaping deteriorate quickly,” he said.

It’s much easier to have a dock on a lake than it is on the ocean, Moeser added, and owners can enjoy water sports from their homes, including boating, paddle boarding, kayaking. and water skiing. “You have so much entertainment in your own backyard,” Mr. Moeser said. “It’s like you’re always on vacation.”

Here are four promising destinations for lake homes to consider.

About a 60-minute drive north of Milan, Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second largest lake. The region has an international community of home buyers who diversify each year, according to Patrizia Canale, real estate consultant at Barnes International Realty on Lake Como, specializing in the sale of properties on Lake Maggiore. The Russians, Americans, Swiss and Germans are all part of the mix, she said.

Buying property on Lake Maggiore is attractive for several reasons. For starters, it’s less crowded and more affordable than neighboring Lake Como, Ms. Canale said, and easy to get to. “Geneva, Milan and Turin are all close by and have international airports with flights from all over the world,” she said.

Also, diversions abound. The main towns of Stresa, Verbania, Arona and Baveno have attractive town centers with shops, restaurants and markets. Three islands accessible by public or private boat – Bella, Madre, and Dei Pescatori – are popular attractions, along with golf courses, parks, and gardens.

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