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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Lakefront Property

Having a house by the lake is a dream of many people, and for a good reason. Due to their picturesque settings, breeze along the shore, and range of outdoor activities, lakefront properties will give you the feeling that you are on a non-stop vacation. Still, purchasing a lakefront home is not only about buying a piece of real estate, but it is also “buying” into a certain lifestyle.  Owning a lake house is a lot of fun, but it also comes with a set of challenges you must prepare for. Here is everything you need to know about buying a lakefront property.

Consider the financing when buying a lakefront property

Before you start looking at houses, you need to take into consideration the financing and ask yourself whether you are able to afford an investment like this. A lot of costs come with purchasing a lake home, and it’s not just paying the mortgage. Before you buy a waterfront property, consider the following:

  • ●      property cost – for starters, waterfront properties are more expensive than other types of properties. Plus, if it is your second home, financing will come with more stringent requirements. However, if you have firmly decided to own a lakefront property, there are many easy ways to save up for a new home.
  • insurance and maintenance – don’t forget to buy flood insurance, because even just a few inches of water can cause costly damage to a home. Keep in mind that regular homeowner’s insurance typically doesn’t cover flood damage. Additionally, homes near the water tend to get more wear and tear, thus you will need a larger maintenance budget for your lakefront property.
  • fun stuff when you buy a lakefront property -Well, let’s be honest, fun stuff is a major reason why you are buying lakefront property. But, remember that all the fun activities, such as boating, jet skiing, and water skiing aren’t cheap.
Before buying a lakefront property, you need to take a few considerations into  account

Consider the location of the lakefront property

If you want a lakefront property to be your primary home, you must consider the distance from school, work, medical clinic, and standard amenities like grocery stores and post office. For example, choosing a lakefront property in Orange County, VA is a great idea, since it is near major cities such as Richmond, DC, and Charlottesville. Even if you want to lead a more rural lifestyle in a picturesque waterfront home in Lake of the Woods, you can have reasonable access to these services and make your everyday life a pleasure and not a chore.

Also, the proximity to your residence is important if the lakefront property is intended to be your vacation home. Some experts recommend that vacation homes should be one to two hours away from your primary home so that you use your vacation home more often and don’t get discouraged by a burdensome drive.

Make sure you have enough space in your lake home

A good lake house shouldn’t be small, because when you finally transport extra furniture you have, there should be enough space left to accommodate you and your friends and relatives because they will no doubt want to visit you. Apart from being big enough to provide comfort for you and your guests, there should also be enough activities available in the area. Besides water sports like fishing, swimming, or jet skiing, ask around if there are other activities like hiking, biking, and bird-watching. Also, ask about amenities like swimming pools, a gym, or a clubhouse.

Your friends and relatives will most certainly visit you in your lake house, so make sure you have enough space for everybody

Before buying a property talk to the neighbors If you want to get inside information on the property, ask your neighbors because they probably have all the information you need. You can ask them if they enjoy living in the community, if they have any issues with the property you are thinking about purchasing or if there are any waterfront related problems. If you are young and want to buy a property that is a bit rural, but at the same time modern, you can find some of the best neighborhoods in Orange County for young couples.

You will find a perfect house in Lake of the Woods

People in Orange County are charming and friendly, and you can find many interesting things to do and see here – there are local breweries, you can glance at the private life of James Madison, and most importantly, in Lake of the Woods, you will find magnificent lakefront houses no matter your age or interests.

Choose the right waterfront home for you

If you are considering buying a lakefront property, make sure you chose the right one for you. A lakefront home is a great place to move to after retiring, so you might want to buy a home that is a bit secluded without many people around. On the other hand, if you are young, you might want to have access to the activities you’re passionate about, so choose a property accordingly. Hopefully, these tips will give you the confidence you need and help you decide on the right lakefront property for you. Your lakeside life, full of serenity and happiness, can begin now.

Absolutely Gorgeous WATERFRONT in Lake of the Woods, VA! 145 Larkspur Lane Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Spectacular sunsets are always the perfect ending to an amazing day at the lake! Fantastic waterfront views of Keaton’s lake and a meticulously renovated home have meshed to provide the perfect opportunity that you will want to claim as your own. Enjoy sitting on your deck or near the water sipping your favorite beverage. You will be delighted when you see the openness of the floor plan and all the upgrades! The kitchen is beautifully updated and opens to the living and dining rooms to make spending time with family or entertaining a breeze. The master suite is complete with en suite bath and walk in closet. You will love making memories in this home!  For more information on 145 Larkspur Lane, click here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

*PRICE IMPROVEMENT* Unbelievable WATERFRONT Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 118 Confederate Circle Offered at $649,900!

Imagine the memories you’ll make by getting your lake life started! If you are seeking a waterfront home that has it all, then this is it! Great water frontage and lake views, dock with boat and wave runner lifts, gorgeous landscaping, expansive deck, koi pond, and over sized windows are just a few features of this spectacular property. Relaxing on the deck or dock, fishing, kayaking, boating, or just taking in the views can be yours! Inside, you’ll love the generous sized rooms, open floor plan, loft with fireplace, conversation pit with fireplace, and theater room that will make entertaining a breeze. The impressive, massive master suite also boasts an attached office/sitting room/craft room, luxurious master bath and two generous walk in closets with amazing built ins. Enjoy cooking in the kitchen with Corian countertops perfectly situated in the center of the home. Begin making those memories now! For more information on 118 Confederate Circle, Click Here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Picturesque WATERFRONT Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 220 Mt Pleasant Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to the waterfront lifestyle that 220 Mt. Pleasant delivers. If expansive views and deep water are what you crave, then you will fall in love! Relax and soak in the sun or entertain on your own deck or dock! Bring your boat and all your water toys! The home, located near the front gate, boasts amazing square footage, an open floor plan, a great room with floor to ceiling brick fireplace, gorgeous large windows that boast captivating views of the lake in all seasons! The master suite, which provides deck access along with the great room, is complimented by an attached master bath and walk in closet! The main level also offers 2 additional bedrooms and another full bath. The lower level consists of a huge family room with a wood stove, built in cabinets, and another bedroom and full bath. That’s not all…there is another flex room ideal for overflow guests that can be converted to a bedroom with ease!! Combine all of these features with plenty of storage space and a two car garage, and you’ve found your perfect place at the lake! Just imagine the memories you will make at this awesome waterfront home! For more information on 220 Mt Pleasant Drive, Click Here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Unbelivebly Gorgeous Waterfront Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 123 Mt Vernon Ct, Now UNDER CONTRACT!!


Let’s get this lake life started! Picturesque sunrises from your great room, deck, or dock are the perfect way to begin the day while sipping your morning brew! Perhaps you’ll enjoy a relaxing excursion on your kayak with the resident swans prior to your family’s or friends’ arrival. Ample space in the circular drive will accommodate parking with ease, and the floor plan will make entertaining a breeze! Offering a master suite and guest bedroom on the main level, and a lower level with family room, kitchenette, three additional bedrooms and two baths, privacy, when desired, is easily achieved.

You’ll fall in love with the fine finishes in this 2013 custom built home from the moment you step onto the flagstone walkway and gaze at the fabulous front door, while spectacular teak floors greet you as you enter. You will immediately be drawn to the amazing water views before you even have an opportunity to appreciate the stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and luxurious master suite. Low maintenance exterior features such as trex decking and an in ground sprinkler system will allow you to enjoy your new lifestyle! Located in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods within 1 1/2 hrs of metro DC/NOVA/MD, LOW is a private, gated, secured community that offers anything and everything you could possibly want. For more info about this listing, Click Here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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WATERFRONT! 542 Harrison Cir., Lake of the Woods, VA Now SOLD!!!

WATERFRONT! 542 Harrison Cir., Lake of the Woods, VA By Pat Licata REALTOR
The stunning architecture of this stately waterfront boasting 115 ft of shoreline will wow you! Located in a serene area of the lake with gourmet kitchen, an incredible outdoor living space and an exceptional sun-room with views, you’ll relax the days away. Enjoy the Lake of the Woods lifestyle: clubhouse, walking trails, equestrian center, golf course, fitness center, and much more! **NOTE: Pool & Spa shown in video below HAVE been REMOVED** For more information about this property, Click Here!

Enjoy the lake of the Woods lifestyle: jump in the pool, play a round of golf, trail ride from the stables, savor a meal at the clubhouse overlooking pristine lake,  and much more!
Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your professionals for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia, we are your proven Real Estate professionals. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, that’s the #1 question asked by home sellers. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. The Question is how much is it worth? Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.
To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Gorgeous Waterfront Home in Lake of the Woods! 310 Happy Creek Rd Offered at $419,900!

Let’s get this lake life started! You’ll fall in love with this move-in ready cabin offering living areas on two levels and boasting an almost half-acre lot situated in a quiet cove with great main lake views. Mornings will be welcomed as you start your day sipping your morning brew on the screened porch overlooking the beautiful main lake. Hopping in your kayak for a stroll around the lake or fishing from the dock are perfect ways to begin enjoying the lake. The open floor plan, awesome mid-century fireplace, screened porch, expansive deck spanning the width of the house, huge shed, and hot tub make this your perfect perfect full time or vacation residence! Situated far off the street, the long private driveway provides plenty of parking. You’ll be able to enjoy it all immediately, as interior and exterior painting, roof, gutters, and trex dock are all less than three years old, the HVAC is newer, and some furniture is available for sale!

Located in a private, gated, community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, waterskiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the Clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteering your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from the mid-$100,000 to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience why I love Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Alluring Waterfront at 416 Wilderness Drive For Sale in Lake of the Woods VA Now SOLD!!!

Spectacular sunsets are always the perfect ending to an amazing day at the lake! Fantastic views and a meticulously renovated home have meshed to provide the perfect opportunity that you will want to claim as your own. The finest finishes on the interior, open floor plan, walls of windows and doors, expansive deck, balcony, patio, electric boat lift, private dock, and two double car garages leave nothing to be desired. So let’s get this lake life started! If you care to venture away from your private oasis, Lake of the Woods offers golfing, trail rides, dining, and so much more!

A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, waterskiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteering your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from $100,000 to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience why I love Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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Waterpalooza at 100 Tyler Trail in Lake of the Woods, Virginia -You’re Invited!

Waterpalooza at Lake of the Woods Sunday, August 21 By Pat Licata REALTOR®

On Sunday, June 23rd, we are hosting a picnic at a stunning water front home listed for sale from 12-2 PM at 100 Tyler Trail. Then from 2-4 PM we will be offering boat tours of the lake, while pointing out additional properties that are for sale.

We will also have listing information on all waterfronts that are for sale at LOW. We can show any of these properties afterwards.

What a wonderful way to experience and explore our wonderful resort style community! Learn why so many people have discovered lake living!

As many of you are aware Lake of the Woods is a private and gated community. You must let us know if you plan to attend, so we can inform security that you will be our guests. Contact Cheryl at 540-388-2541 or Cheryl@licatagroup.com to RSVP.

Please consider this our personal invitation! Hope you can join us!!!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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LAKEFRONT HOME FOR SALE In Lake of the Woods VA Now SOLD!!

128 Harrison Cir, Lake of the Woods VA 22508

Let’s get this lake life started! So much to enjoy; extensive dock for summer fun, deck with hot tub and plenty of room for entertaining, even a private guest house for visitors or maybe you need an in-law suite. House boasts high ceilings in the living room, lots of windows for natural light and lake views and a sought-after main level master bedroom. You’ve got it all right at your doorstep and even more to enjoy in the community.

A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, waterskiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteering your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from $100,000 to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience why I love Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.