Take a photo tour of some of our favorite homes and spaces from the new Prefit real estate series, Lakefront Bargain Hunt -- where real-life people go in search of a lakeside retreat or vacation home at an affordable price.
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Contrasting wood finishes give this office a sense of warmth while highlighting the custom spun glass rondelles set into the cabinet panels. The panels slide to the sides to conceal the bookshelves and office items and to reveal hand-turned wood pieces made by the homeowner that are displayed on the center shelves. The desk features custom-fabricated legs.
Rich walnut meets modern style with lucite leg in this handmade bench by IG Furniture in Cincinnati.
Café lights add a gorgeous glow to an outdoor living space, but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to string them from. Here’s a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.
Check for loose belts and missing or damaged parts before doing any yard maintenance, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recommends.
Rosemary thrives as a cool-season houseplant with fragrant leaves and winter blooms.
This lush courtyard has all the feel of a grand secret garden with a travertine patio and colorful landscaping. The plants include Japanese blueberry, Podocarpus and East Palatka Holly along the fence line.
Desert shades pair up with rich textures to create a sophisticated feel in this bedroom. The wallpaper's heathery look is warmed up by the wood headboard. An orange rug and purple striped pillow are handsome finishing accents.
A sleek and modern look can be found throughout this kitchen. The space features custom gray cabinets and quartz counter top.
All of the furniture in the sophisticated living room with soaring ceilings and a wall of French doors was arranged to enjoy the beautiful views.
Tommy needs a house with a project and Laura just wants turnkey ready. After hunting for lakefront homes in several different states, this couple is ready to call the Sebago Lakes Region of Maine their second home. They enlist the help of local real estate agent, Diane Monaco, to help them find the perfect getaway home that the couple can agree on all for under $230,000.
PJ and Aimee have been married four years and live in Tallahassee, Florida. After the recent birth of their first child, Tyler, and potentially more kids on the way, they need a larger living space. Having both grown up near the water, they're interested in finding a lake house for the tranquility and outdoor recreation it would offer them every day. They've narrowed their search to the northeastern side of town, a neighborhood brimming with lakeside possibilities. Concerned they may not be able to check off every item on their wish list, while staying on budget, PJ and Aimee have enlisted real estate agent, Chip Williams. They're hoping Chip can help transform their lakefront dreams into reality for under $350,000.
Gail and Picha grew up spending their summers by the lake and have always dreamt of giving their four daughters the same vacation experiences. Only an hour and a half outside of their St. Louis, MO hometown, Innsbrook Resort is the perfect weekend escape for the family. Ready to make their dreams a reality, the couple enlists the help of real estate agent, Dan Dieckmann, to find them a lakeside retreat all for under $225,000.
Ken and Ro are looking to find a lakeside retreat to escape their busy lifestyles during the week. After spending many weekends at Table Rock Lake in Southwestern Missouri, they know that its crystal clear waters and miles of shoreline will provide a perfect oasis from their daily lives. But finding a lakeside home that meets all of their needs, in their budget of $350,000 is no easy feat. With the help of local real estate agent, Linda Schlax, Ken and Ro set out to find their perfect lake escape.
A young Alabama couple, Lacey and John, have decided to return home to their native Lake Martin from bustling Birmingham. They agree that a return to the water's edge, where all their family is located, is the best place to put down roots and start a brood of their own. They enlist the help of local real estate agent, and Lacey's mom, Linda, to help them achieve their dream home on the water for only $375,000. After all, mother knows best!
Peter and Kathryn met in high school and one of their very first dates was along the shores of Lake Champlain, in upstate New York. Soon they not only fell in love with each other and were married but they both developed a strong bond with the tranquil atmosphere the lake provided. Now, while busy raising four children, Peter and Kathryn feel there would be no better place for the entire family to escape their hectic city lives than back on Lake Champlain. After diligently saving for a long period of time, they hope local real estate agent, Jo Anna Giltner, can score them the perfect vacation home for $365,000 or less.
Robin and her three children have loved living in Lake County, FL for over 20 years, but their small home in the historic district of Eustis is bursting at the beams. With over 1,400 lakes to choose from, this water sports mecca is the perfect place to find a big home with an even bigger view. With the help of their friend and real estate agent, Karen Riscinto, Robin and her kids are picking the perfect lakefront home for under $275,000.
Kasey and Dave lead busy lives in Lehigh Valley, PA, dreaming of spending outdoor summers splashing around with their four kids in a vacation property of their own. Just an hour from home, they have fallen for Blakeslee, PA, a water lover's wonderland nestled in the Pocono Mountains. With hopes of finding their exclusive piece of lakeside paradise, the couple enlists real estate agent Jeanne Bingham to help search for a family getaway for under $300,000.
Mike and Sara currently live in Celebration, Florida, but they both grew up in the Midwest spending summers on the lake. Now that they have a son, Dexter, they want to create those same memories for him by purchasing a rustic retreat in Frostproof, Florida. With the help of real estate agent, Karen LaMantia, they hope to find the perfect lakefront home for only $375,000.
Mike and Jen are veterinarians from Wildwood, Missouri, with two kids Anthony and Isabella. Once avid boaters, Mike and Jen sold their boat after Anthony was born and are now looking to find a nice spot to vacation with the kids. After learning about the premier gated community of Innsbrook, they decided this would be the perfect place to search for their lakefront retreat for under $300,000.
Dean, Maura, and their two daughters love living in the small town of Moses Lake, Washington. The area has an abundance of outdoor activities fit for the whole family, many of which Dean enjoyed as a kid growing up on the lake. After five years of living a short drive from the shore, this family of four is ready to make the big move to the waterfront, ensuring the girls have a childhood just like their dad's. A local real estate agent will help this local family find a permanent lake home, all for under $350,000.
Desmond and Khristy currently live in Missouri City, Texas, with their two kids, Kennedy and Kortlandt. They love being close to the water but wish they had a lake right in their backyard. With all of the great lakefront communities sprouting up in the area, they think now is the perfect time to make their move, so they're looking for a new waterfront home for under $375,000.
Andy and Marni have known each other their whole lives. They went to college in Colorado, got married, had a kid, and eventually moved back to where they both grew up, Bethesda, Maryland. While they love it there, they yearn for the mountains of Colorado. When they found out about Deep Creek Lake and its nearby 4-season mountainous ski town, they thought this might be a great family vacation spot. With the help of real estate agent, Jon Bell, they hope to find the perfect lakefront home for only $365,000.
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