Is your Dream Home an waterfront mansion with a large pool, a beach, the ocean as your property line? I know mine is but since I didn't win Power Ball this week I have to live more in reality. Open water homes are fantastic and there are plenty of them to choose from in the Florida Keys if you would like me to show you a few of them. Another option to be on the water without the open water price tag is a canal home. Canal homes are a great alternative for people who want to have their boat in the backyard. This way you can get in and go rather than trailering it to the boat ramp and launching it. The less time you spent bring your boat to the water is more time you can spend enjoying your boat on the water. A lot of boaters prefer a canal over open water because of the protection the canal offers your boat. Having your boat on the open water can make it a victim of other boats' wakes and the weather Mother Nature throws our way. The canal and houses on it will offer your boat some extra protection. Canal homes are rarer in Key West than in the other Keys because we only have one true canal, the Riviera Canal with limited homes for sale. No need to worry though, if you want a home on the Riviera Canal I can find you one.
Are you looking for a change in scenery? Is your current home not suiting your needs? If you live in the Florida Keys and would like a change of pace, or even if you live out of the state and want to shake things up for good, why not explore the idea of waterfront canal living? There are many reasons to consider this option, but let’s take a look a few of the most common reasons people choose to buy a canal home.
Perhaps the most striking appeal of living in a canal home is the easy access to waterways. From swimming to kayaking to boating and everything in between, canal living offers endless opportunities for fun on the water. It also can cost you less money in the long run and help you avoid unnecessary trips to the marina if you have boat lifts in the Florida Keys. A boat life is kind of like an elevator for your boat. I's main advantages is it keeps your boat elevated out of the saltwater when you're not using it and it will put your boat level with the land making it easier to get in and out. Imagine walking out your backdoor, hopping on the boat and heading out for a day on the water. This kind of ease is hard to find apart from canal living.
You will also have your own aquarium in the backyard. Many people who live on the canal will clear their dinner plates in the water bringing the fish in to eat. Same concept of feeding a stray cat. You feed them and they will stick around. In the wintertime in south Florida, canals become home to manatees seeking warmer water. You can see hundreds of these mammals at a time from your backyard, often accompanied by their young. This type of home also provides viewing opportunities for fish, turtles and aquatic birds, to name a few. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can have several substantial health benefits, too. Connecting with nature couldn’t be easier than stepping into your backyard.
Owning a canal home allows you to experience the best of both worlds, living in a residential neighborhood while also enjoying the perks of waterfront living. Homes of this type give residents the privacy of a single-family house, a luxury which is often sacrificed by living in a waterfront condo or apartment building. When you live in a residential area, neighbors are there when you want to be social, but you never have to worry about passing them in the hall every day on the way to and from your condo. Condos are great for those of you who want the views, don't want the maintenance but if you want your boat to be 20 feet from your back door you want a house on the canal. Give me a call and let's start looking for your dream home today.