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Fishing on an Oakland County Lake MichiganiIf you are looking for a lake house for sale in Oakland County or a waterfront home in Wayne, Genessee, or Livingston County you have come to the right place.  Metro Detroit has several great "lakes areas"  where you are sure to find a beautiful lake home near Detroit.  One of the first questions I ask my lake home buyers is "What do you plan to do on the lake".  Every home buyer is different.  You may be retiring and looking for a quiet lake where you can fish or kayak on.  Or you may be a person that just wants to go out on the pontoon boat.   Some people don't even care about going out on the lake.  They just like the calming effect of water.  They are content just to look at the lake.   If you are young, athletic, or very active you may want an SE Michigan all sports lake where you can ride jet skis, take people tubing, skiing, surfing, or wake boarding.  If you are a grand parent you may want a quieter lake but yet a lake that you can be active with the grand kids.  Or you may want a lake front property that has a sandy bottom so you can swim right out front.

Boating on Lotus Lake  


Call or Text me @ (248) 310-6239

If you are looking for a good lake realtor to help you find the best deals on a lake home.  I know the local lakes and can save you lots of time and stop you from making a bad decision on a SE Michigan lake home.

     Metro Detroit Lake properties

Oakland County Lakes

You may want a sail boat lake, or a electric motor only lake.  You may want a lakefront home on an Oakland County lake that connects to other lakes or has a river run through it.  There are over 321 named lakes in Oakland County alone.  You may want an active lake where there are gathering spots on the lake for local lake residents.  Maybe you want a private lake, or a lake that isn't fully developed. So many choices when it comes to finding a lake home in SE Michigan.

Lakefront homes in Oakland County and in SE Michigan are a mixed bag.  What you have to realize up front that these lakes were once weekend get aways for Detroiters in the early 1900's.  There were small cabins and homes on the lake that were representative of the times.  They were not glamorous.  They were more functional.  7' and 8' ceilings.  No open layouts.  Simple homes with smaller rooms.  In the beginning many of the lake cottages were 600 to 1000 square foot ranches, many without basements.  Many had 2 bedrooms, and a tiny bathroom.

Watkins Lake Waterford Michigan

                                                                               Sunset on White Lake

Of course over the years lake homes in Oakland County have changed with the building trends. In the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's you saw brick colonials, split level homes, and larger ranches built.  Now you see bigger brick colonial and contemporary lakefront homes that have all the latest amenities.  Amenities such as master bedroom suites, soaring great rooms, walkout basements, entertainment style kitchens, and open layouts.  So from yesteryears waterfront homes in Oakland County and Livingston County have changed dramatically.

Kayaking in SE Michigan

Boating on Williams lake in Waterford MI


We still have many "mixed bag lakes" where there are old small cottages next to a newer brick colonial.  However we do have some lakes that were planned communities that were built in the 1960's and 1970's.  Lakes like Tull Lake in White Lake Township, Dunham Lake in Highland, or Lake Sherwood in Commerce Township.  Then you have other lakes like Loon Lake in Waterford, Lake Voorheis in Orion, or Duck Lake in Highland were you have a section of the lake or a street on the lake of newer brick colonials.  The other sides of these lakes may have older smaller cottages and homes on them, but they do have a section of brick homes that are similar.   

aerial view of White Lake All-Sports Lake


Water skiing in Metro Detroit


condominiums on Buckhorn Lake Orion MI





Tull Lake Sunset in White Lake MI




It is a little more difficult to buy a lake home in Metro Detroit.  What I mean by that is there are a lot more variables when purchasing a home on a lake.  You have to take into account the type of lake, the size of the lake, public or private, type of lake bottom in front of the house, amount of parking, the neighborhood, well & septic.  There are just a few more considerations to think about.  That is what I am for.   I'm an experienced lakefront Realtor that really knows the lakes.  I can tell more about the lakes than many Realtors.  It's about saving you time and keeping you from buying on the wrong lake.  I can tell you stories of buyers that have come to me after that bought on a lake only to realize the lake really wasn't for them or their lifestyle.  That is why I ask questions so I can point you to lakes and lakefront homes in Oakland County or any of the surrounding counties that would fit you.

Cedar Island Lakefront homes


If you are thinking of buying a lake house in Oakland County MI give me a call I'll help you find the find your dream lake home where you have years of making great memories!

(248) 310-6239  

Russ Ravary top Oakland County real estate agent

Remember we offer a great home buyer bonus too.  Get a kayak, or grill, or some other lake toy when you buy and close on a home with me.  (Up to $500 in value)

Michigan home buyer bonus - kayak

Find your dream Oakland County waterfront home for sale.  Remember feel free to reach out and call with questions.  I have been to all of these metro Detroit lakes many times.  I understand lake living and lake home buying because I live on the lake and have been a lake Realtor for many years.  So if you need a full time agent that will look out for you and try to help you find a good deal on a lake home give me a call at (248) 310-6239 

This is a great area to look at Homes for sale on Commerce Lake Commerce twp MI

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