The dog days of late summer are when sweaty urbanites most yearn for a waterfront escape—and this year, anyone who lives in a crowded city wants out, stat. Possibly forever.
Along the coasts, folks just head to their nearest beach for some splashy fun and relaxation. But farther inland, that’s not an option. Instead, people flock to the many lakes dotting this great land, many of them unknown beyond the borders of their state. There’s no saltwater or waves to surf on, but there might be paddleboarding, kayaking, or fishing, and, in some cases, a sandy beach. And these days, a fresh-air escape is more appealing than ever.
While lake home sales were growing before the pandemic sent everyone home from the office, demand surged with COVID-19 shutdowns, says Glenn S. Phillips, CEO and lead economic analyst of LakeHomes.com, which focuses on this niche in real estate.