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Top 5 Georgia Lakes to Build your Lake House

Top 5 Georgia Lakes to Build your Lake House

With fall quickly approaching, the time has come to reminisce on the great summer memories that have passed. Days on the lake, fishing, boating, and relaxing with your family and friends. A sure indicator that it might be time to actually build that lake house you’ve been dreaming of. Georgia’s lake house market consisted of about 1500 homes sold in 2016, accounting for $383 million in volume! Here are the top 5 lakes in Georgia to consider for the location of your vacation spot, just in time for the lake season next year.

  1. Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is a man-made lake, created in 1956 by the Buford Dam. Water from the Chattahoochee and Chestatee River both feed into Lanier. This lake makes up 38,000 acres and 692 miles of shoreline, leaving plenty of room for spectacular views and accessibility. Geographically, Lake Lanier can be found in multiple counties, including Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, and Gwinnett. Homes on the shoreline can vary in price, but average around $500k, selling over 350 lake front homes last year! In addition to presenting a true community lifestyle, Lake Lanier Island also offers tons of recreational activities such as resorts, waterparks, camping, hiking and more that you can check out here.

  1. Lake Sinclair

Lake Sinclair is also a man-made lake located on the Oconee River in central Georgia, and is operated by Georgia Power. It was created in 1953 and contains 15,000 acres of water with 417 miles of shore line. Lake Sinclair is known to be more quiet and quant than Lake Lanier, and is about half the size. Stretching through Baldwin, Hancock, and Putnam counties, homes are less common with less than 100 sold last year. To learn more about Lake Sinclair, check out this article from Atlanta Magazine.

  1. Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is a man-made lake created in the 1950’s bordering Georgia and South Carolina in Anderson County. Multiple rivers feed into this lake, including the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca River. Classified as one of the largest lakes in the southeast, in includes 58,000 acres and 962 miles of shoreline. It’s recognized as one of the best fishing spots in Georgia, and offers tons of camping and hiking options. Over 250 homes were sold on Lake Hartwell last year with an average price approaching $400k, depending on the location of the home.

  1. Lake Allatoona

One of Georgia’s smaller lakes, Allatoona covers 12,000 acres with 270 miles of shoreline. This lake is located mostly in Bartow and Cherokee County, but does cover a small bit in Cobb as well. It’s managed by the U.S Army Corp of Engineers, and totaled $31.5 million to create back in 1950. With only about 100 homes sold last year at an average of $300k, Allatoona allows for more seclusion for those who choose to build here instead of just enjoy for the afternoon. This lake is a beautiful place to visit not only in the summer, but the fall as well. Equipped with great attractions such as camping, hiking, and fishing, it’s a great get away for any time of year.

  1. Lake Oconee

Lake Oconee is located between Atlanta and Augusta, with 19,000 acres and 374 miles of shoreline created in 1979. Jam packed with attractions from resorts, weddings and the famous Ritz-Carlton to camping, kayaking and fishing, this lake is a great place to call home at any time of year. This is evident in the price tag, with homes averaging in the low $600k range to purchase, and about 150 sold last year.