Recreational Real Estate as an Investment

Owning a beautiful piece of property away from the city feels pretty fantastic. It provides you a home away from the hustle and bustle and loud car alarms of city life and instead offers a quiet, relaxing moment to yourself and your loved ones. With the economy the way it is and has been, however, investing in recreational real estate might seem like a laughable idea. Summer homes and lake houses are the iconic vision of the idyllic family refuge, but don’t think for a second that these are completely sound financial investments.  This being said, there will always be a demand for vacations with the kids and once the kids are grown, that vacation space might well become your retirement home. So if you love the lifestyle and you know this is a decision that will not only be an investment for your future but also your wellbeing, consider these few things when planning to purchase a piece of recreational real estate.

Location, Location, Location

If buying realty that is strictly for pleasure and relaxation is something you have your heart set on, the first question you need to ask yourself is “what kind of lifestyle speaks to me the loudest?” When we think “summer home,” many of us envision a lake home or a quaint little cabin in the woods. These kinds of vacation homes are often a long commute away from our lives. But a lake cabin with topnotch amenities might not be as far away as you think. Glennifer Lake might seem quaint, and that’s because in a lot of aspects it is, but it’s also a valuable investment for those who appreciate a challenging game of golf, a private beach or a day of boating on the lake. One highlight of this little patch of heaven is it’s also quite close to home in central Alberta, boasting less than a two-hour commute from most major cities. Glennifer Lake holds the atmosphere of quiet family getaways without sacrificing long hours spent in the car or eating into time better spent on relaxation activities.

Value of your property

One thing to also keep in mind is the value of the property you want to purchase.  As wonderful as it would be to buy a mountain top ski resort cabin, is it worth killing yourself and your finances over? Other purchasers offer advice to stay within your economic means without sacrificing that relaxing lifestyle, the biggest piece of advice being don’t stress yourself silly over a piece of property you’re trying to relax at. With all this in mind, purchasing property that is both beautiful while also being economically feasible doesn’t have to be a losing game. The value of a property is what you make of it. Obviously there are some exceptions to this rule, but if the property is taken care of, is surrounding by quality amenities and a community oriented local feel, there aren’t too many ways you can go wrong. Investing in yourself and your children with a good summer lake home is priceless, the memories and adventures had don’t have a price tag.


Three Reasons to Try a “Staycation”

We’ve all heard the term “staycation,” but most people, especially us Albertans, might not consider “staycations” as getaways during the colder, much more bitter months of the year.  Even perhaps in summer, the term staycation might have an unusual ring to it, but when it simply isn’t feasible to fly off each year for a beach side vacation, us prairie folk have to find ways to get resourceful.  When we think vacation, we often associate the word with beaches, sailing, boating, golfing, tennis, maybe even ice cream springs to mind.  What if these kinds of amenities were available close to home?  What if a first class, family oriented, waterfront resort existed just a two-hour drive from Edmonton or an hour and fifteen commute from Calgary?  Lucky for us, the absolutely gorgeous Glennifer Lake Resort does in fact exist and might be our answer to a “staycation!”  If this isn’t reason enough, here are a few more motivations to choose Glennifer Lake as the site of your next adventure.
Let’s face it; plane rides are cramped, uncomfortable, and if you’re truly blessed, the person next to you had something rather garlicky for lunch and you get to spend the next several hours enjoying this.  Not to mention that flights are becoming increasingly more expensive and dealing with the hassle of an airport can be a nightmare, especially with young children.  Skipping the airport without sacrificing your beach time sounds too good to be true, but Glennifer Lake boasts 5,000 feet of beautiful shoreline and with the temperatures being as gloriously hot as they have been for the past several weeks, that 5,000 feet of beach is the perfect place to kick off your sandals and get your tan on.  And the best part about it is you can skip the entire plane ride!
Besides saving on flights, the resort itself is a much more cost effective way to enjoy a handful of vacation days, or even several weeks of leisure time.  Taking away the rather expensive cost and hours spent on travel leaves more wiggle room to book longer “staycations” with your family, and who doesn’t appreciate more quality time with our loved ones?  The properties available to rent with Paradise Realty are well kept and many of them back onto the full length, 9-hole golf course and several rental properties are even beachfront!
If the 3,300-yard 9-hole golf course, which meanders through the entire property, didn’t catch your eye, perhaps the tennis and basketball courts will!  Beach volleyball is also a resort favourite and numerous social events are held in the community, including BBQs, beach parties and an annual golf tournament.  Perhaps water sports are more your thing and Glennifer Lake is the perfect place to play as there is much less traffic on the water as opposed to other lakes in Alberta.  Boating and sailing are popular activities and several boating slips are available for rent.  And if all this still doesn’t seem quite enticing enough, the General Store on the property has a wide variety of ice cream to choose from when the warm weather calls for cold treats.
If a “staycation” is something you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to, maybe Glennifer Lake Resort can welcome you to a home away from home that allows you to cut the vacation travel time, but not the vacation feel.  With so many different activities to choose from, be it boating in the late afternoon with your kids, or lounging by the pool with your girlfriend, book a staycation with Glennifer Lake and experience first class relaxation in Alberta.  What are you waiting for?