Texas Lakehouse Homes-Life on the Water

It is simply a fact that even the most ardent city dwellers need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city now and then. It is also well known that being able to look out over a large body of water can bring the most peaceful feelings to a person’s life. Add to that the intoxicating combination of scents that permeate the air around a lake, including the fresh water and the smell of the surrounding woods, and it’s clear why so many Texans happily pay a premium to live on the water’s edge. Whether you need a break from the city or you just want some peace in your life, there is definitely something about living on a lake that creates a heavenly life full of nothing but peace and tranquility.


Face it; if you are reading this, it’s because the idea of living on the water appeals to you somehow. There is a reason for that. Humans are naturally drawn to water for some unknown reason, and the prospect of waterfront living is very appealing. Living on a lake provides lives with the quiet refuge and peaceful existence in a unique setting that most others would envy. Living in the quiet peace of a large body of water has the potential to bring your family a level of happiness unattainable in many other settings. Because the lakefront lifestyle is all about peace and quiet, it constitutes an excellent way to end a hectic day and to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature as a contrast to the typical urban, or even a suburban or exurban lifestyle.

Living on a lake in the home of your dreams is quite possibly one of the best manifestations of a perfect life. Lakefront homes can run the gamut in size and style, but they all feature a wonderful combination of features that attempts to make the best use of the outdoor living space. In addition, interior elements tend to make the best use of the indoors when you’re not making the best use of the lake, while also making sure you realize you’re living by a peaceful lake. The appropriate lakefront home will usually include wide picture windows, porches, decks and verandas in a bid to make the best use of the spectacular views while also showering the home in bright sunlight. Most lakefront homes come with a porch of some kind, whether it is a front porch, a back porch or a wraparound porch, depending on which is appropriate for enjoying the soft lake breezes while also taking in the spectacular view.

The best lakefront homes manage to make the best use of the recreational benefits of living on a lake. Whether you choose to live in a small, casual cottage or an elaborate home covered in stone and rich in amenities, any type of home is better with breathtaking views of the water. Regardless of your tastes and your reasons for wanting to live by your favorite lake, it is important that you live your best life as you envision it. Lakefront homes come in all sizes and styles; it should be easy to find the one that’s perfect for you and your family.

While most people who purchase a lakefront home do so with the intention of living the type of lifestyle that comes with living on the water, some decide to do so as a way to gain privacy for their family. A lakefront home can help people escape their daily routine in an environment that is safe and private, in addition to being peaceful and calm. Ultimately, the Texas lakefront home offers the ultimate in choice; you can decide what type of lakefront home you would like to live in and on which lake you would prefer to enjoy. There is something available for everyone on a Texas lake. What we offer here are just a few basic examples of the types of living that is available on a lake. Here are a few of the nicest examples.

Cedar Creek Lake

Because it is one of the largest lakes in Texas and because it features more than 320 miles of shoreline, the real estate market surrounding Cedar Creek Lake is among the most active markets for lakefront properties anywhere in the state of Texas. It’s no wonder; at an average list price of $500,000, it’s possible to get a lakefront home at a price many families can afford. At any given time, this real estate market is one of the top five largest marketplaces for lake property in Texas, with hundreds of homes or lots available for sale in almost any price range.

One other reason Cedar Creek Lake homes are so popular is due to its proximity to big cities. The closest airport, which is Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, is just 94 miles away and it’s one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. That said, you will feel like you’re in another world with this home on Cedar Creek Lake.

One of the nicest homes at Cedar Creek Lake is the one pictured above.  It is located right on the water of Cedar Creek Lake, and it features a park-like setting with a truly country feel. There are four bedrooms and two baths, with two separate living areas, including one with a beautiful stone wood-burning fireplace.

The kitchen is very large and very modern, with a gas range, a dishwasher, custom cabinets, and a pantry with pull-out drawers. The waterside master suite features a vanity dressing table, separate tub and shower and a double-sized walk-in closet and. There are also two large guest bedrooms with walk-in closets, as well as an oversized two-car garage with a workshop, a large concrete carport with RV parking with electric hook-ups.

This home is located on the deeper water side of the lake, with an open view of the water from a screened front porch. This home also has a large back yard, with a fenced dog run, as well as a large 12X10 shed equipped with a loft and full electric service.

As you can see from the photos, there are spectacular lake views from nearly every room in the house. There are also plenty of windows, which means a shower of sunlight in virtually every room. This home is Texas lakefront living at its finest.

Lake Palestine

The area of East Texas around Tyler offers some of the most beautiful lakefront homes and real estate in the entire state. And Lake Palestine offers a lot for everyone, including the avid boater, a water sports enthusiast, or a fisherman who can’t get enough of their angling adventures. Even if you’re not into those, perhaps you just dream of a life of peace and tranquility on the water. Regardless of the reason, if you are someone who can’t get enough of life on the water, you should know; life on Lake Palestine is just easier. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a sunrise or a sunset while living right on the water. This lakehouse is a very good example of just how nice lakefront living can be.

This particular beauty us tucked away on a quiet Lake Palestine cove, and it has virtually anything a family could want. The entire home features an open floor plan and it is practically wrapped in windows, bathing the entire interior in bright sunlight. The home features a fantastic kitchen sure to make any chef feel right at home, with its granite countertops, a large breakfast bar, an island, and plenty of space for food preparation and storage.

The gorgeous master suite faces the water and it is equipped with a sitting area, a pair of his and hers vanities, a fashionable garden tub, and its own patio entrance. In addition, there are four additional bedrooms and two baths, which means there’s plenty of room for the entire family and perhaps a couple guests. There are three bonus rooms in the house, which means you can set up a game room, a man cave, a craft room or a she-shed. There is also a huge two-car garage with a door opener with a front entry.

The aforementioned patio is covered and it is huge and provides plenty of space to entertain all summer long, as well as an outdoor kitchen that makes grilling and cooking a cinch. There is also an open covered deck with a direct view of the lake. On the other side of the back yard is a dock, with two boat slips equipped with electric lifts, as well as a boathouse with a kitchenette and several decks for sunbathers.

As you can see, finding the right lakefront home is important, and there is something for everyone. If you want to enjoy living by the water, this home might be just for you and your family. Indoors and out, it has a lot to offer.

Canyon Lake

About 14 miles northwest of New Braunfels, Texas and located about halfway between Austin and San Antonio sits Canyon Lake.  The real estate at Canyon Lake tends to be very popular, although lakefront home sales seem to fluctuate widely at times. One reason for that could be due to the fact that Canyon Lake is not a constant level lake. This seems to be a factor, even though the fluctuation in water levels is less than many other Texas lakes.

Canyon Lake is a very large, very open body of water covering more than 8,200 surface acres and surrounded by 80 miles of scenic shoreline. The average price of a home around Canyon Lake is about $800,000, although it’s possible to find one for much less, as well as much more. We’re showing you one of the “much more” ones, to show you how it’s possible to live on the water in supreme luxury. People with families seem to love having a lakefront home on Canyon Lake, quite possibly because, in addition to the huge lake, there are also eight beautiful public parks around the lake.

This home is 4,211 square feet of elegance. It is a single story custom home on a 2.2 acre lot with beautiful views of the lake from early every direction. This home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and features a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with all new appliances, including a double oven and custom cabinetry, as well as a breakfast room and a formal dining room, which is relatively unusual for a lakefront home. There is also a butler’s pantry.

The hickory hardwood floors throughout this home are gorgeous and set off the living space, as do the high wood-beamed ceilings. The private master suite features a light-filled sitting room with access to an outdoor deck with an incredible view of the lake. There are two living areas, with both a living room/dining room combo, a library/study and a fully equipped laundry room. All bedrooms feature walk-in closets and there is a fully-floored attic with a pull-down ladder.

This home also features plenty of storage rooms, a utility room and the surrounding grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature gated raised bed gardens with a private well for efficient irrigation. The outside area features plenty of mature trees and an outdoor kitchen, along with a panoramic view of both Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, has plenty of seating around a modern fire pit. The home also features an enormous three-car garage, as well as controlled access to boat docks, a glistening pool for those days when you don’t want to dive into the lake. This home just shines with peaceful luxury.  This beautiful home on Canyon Lake has the very real potential to create wonderful memories for you and your family.

Oak Lake  

Along the edge of the Big Thicket National Preserve lies a low-density community called Artesian Lakes. Located just about 60 miles north of Houston, this could be the perfect getaway location for someone who doesn’t mind a relatively long commute or those who want a second home for the whole family to enjoy on weekends and/or throughout those legendary sweltering Houston summers.

This home is located in a community on Oak Lake; one that makes good use of a natural aquifer that is more than 600 feet deep and features some of the purest water available anywhere because it is naturally filtered by naturally occurring gravel deposits. Imagine living along a lake where the water coming through the tap is better than the water many people pay several dollars per bottle to drink, and that’s what you’ll find in this home on Oak Lake.

This is a beautiful two-story, 3,430 square foot waterfront home, featuring three full bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and an extra room that could serve as an office, a study, or even an extra bedroom for visitors, if not all three. The upstairs area features two bedrooms with private bathrooms, as well as a loft with a sitting area and spectacular views of the water.

The master suite features large windows that maximize the view and also let in plenty of sunlight, and a gorgeous bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower, as well as a double vanity and two double closets. Downstairs, there is a large kitchen with beautiful cabinetry, a large pantry and very stylish granite countertops and the latest and greatest appliances.

The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and features beautiful views from the panoramic windows. There is also a large storage room with cabinets and a utility rom located behind the kitchen, and another room with beautiful cabinetry that can be turned into an office, a study, a library or even a guest bedroom, depending on your needs. The exterior of this beautiful log home features decks in the front and the side, as well as a large back deck and a screened porch. This home is quite luxurious and makes the most of lakefront living.

In addition to a carport that also accommodates a golf cart, this unique home also features a workshop, a fire ring, and an aluminum bridge that leads to a small island featuring a boat dock, a boathouse and a gazebo, which can be used for entertaining friends and family. Whether you are into fishing, boating, water sports or swimming, this is a great home forgetting away and enjoying life on Oak Lake

Possum Kingdom Lake

Even though it is not the most expensive of the homes featured in this article, even from the photo, this is easily the most unusual of the five lakefront homes. It’s not possible to live closer to Possum Kingdom Lake than this featured home. In fact, you’re not just living near the lake, but on it. This one is most unusual because of the 50-foot drop to the lake directly in front of the home. Put simply, you’re living on the lake, in a very real way. Gigantic deck cantilevers not only protect the home from the lake, but they also connect to the walkway leading to the huge two-level boat dock that was installed in 2013.

This home features tons of outdoor living space, in addition to direct lake access just a few steps outside your back door. Put simply, this is quite possibly the perfect lakefront home, featuring three bedrooms and three bathrooms, if you include the fully functional outdoor bathroom that sits just off the deck.

This unique home also features a very open floor plan, including a spacious kitchen and dining and living areas just made for the family. The trees on the property provide plenty of shade outside, which is perfect for pets, but there are also plenty of picture windows to let in lots of natural sunlight. The property features two large storage buildings and there is a grilling area conveniently located just off the kitchen.

There is a nice balcony off the master suite, and a series of decks wrap around the home, especially in those areas with the most scenic views of the lake. And again, you’re almost literally living on the lake, so most of the views will be water. On the waterfront is a covered boat dock with a lift and a slip. There is also a personal watercraft lift for those who love to jet ski. For anglers, the dock is also perfect for fishing, for those times when you don’t want to take the boat out.

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