Jenny and Brett have lived with their children in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, for over a decade. With Brett's rotating work schedule it can be tough to plan a weekend trip, so they're looking to relocate to a permanent lake lifestyle in Polk County, Wisconsin. Located about 75 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, Polk County is the perfect rural location offering Jenny and Brett the wilderness wonderland they've been searching for. With the help of local real estate agent, Patti Katzmark, Jenny and Brett hope to hunt down a heck of a deal for under $360,000.
Herman and Susan live in Louisburg, Kansas with their two children, Mandy and Herman IV. They've been vacationing on the Lake of the Ozarks since 1997 and even bought a home there in 2007. But when the family realized they wanted to live in a more central location, closer to friends and all the lake action, they sold it. Now, Herman and Susan want to not only find a new home near the Hurricane Deck Bridge, but a property that has deep enough water and enough storage space for a brand new boat they plan to buy once their search is complete. With the help of real estate agent, Terry Summers, Herman and Susan hope to find a lakefront family getaway for $225,000 or less, because spending any more would cut into the boat budget and that's just not an option.
Sisters Gretchen and Natalie live with their families a couple of miles apart in San Diego, California. Despite residing in the same city, it can be hard to find time to spend time together, so they're craving a cabin to cozy up in on Big Bear Lake. Located just two and a half hours away, the area is a year-round recreational paradise, providing a unique mountain resort experience fit for the whole family. With the help of local real estate agent, Joe Kovich, these two families will search for a home with the bare necessities for under $350,000.
Nick and Marie are from the Rochester area of upstate New York. Self proclaimed workaholics, they would love to find a vacation home where they can not only escape the stress of their hectic work schedule but also spend quality time with their two grown daughters, Alyssa and Angela. Nick and Marie have always found the water to be very soothing, and they feel a lake house would provide the perfect backdrop for optimal family relaxation. They've targeted the quaint, countryside town of Penn Yan, which sits on Keuka Lake, one of the eleven Finger Lakes in Western New York. With the assistance of real estate agent, Mark Moon, Nick and Marie hope to land a lakefront sanctuary for under $325,000.
Eddie and Michaela hope to find a home on the lake to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives during the week. They know that the beauty and laid back lifestyle of Kerr Lake in Clarksville, VA suits their needs perfectly; with lush, wooded surroundings, ample fishing and miles and miles of pristine shores. But, finding a lake house suitable for a family of four and in their budget of $250,000 has its challenges. With the help of local real estate agent, Bill Baker, Eddie and Michaela set out to find their home away from home.
A man needs a house with a project, but his wife wants turnkey ready. After hunting for lakefront homes in several different states, the couple is ready to call the Sebago Lakes Region of Maine their second home. They enlist the help of local real estate agent to help them find the perfect getaway home that the couple can agree on all for under $230,000.
After finding it hard to vacation comfortably with a family of seven, Tara and Doug decide to take the plunge and find the perfect fit for their family getaways on majestic Moosehead Lake in Maine. As a real estate agent by trade, Tara has given herself the ultimate challenge, to act as both the agent and the client while finding her family a lakefront property to make lasting memories while under the tight constraint of only a $100,000 budget.
A couple from Indiana travels to Norris Lake in Tennessee to find a lake house with loads of privacy. However, they discover that finding the perfect getaway is trickier than they expected.
A couple that loves spending time on Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain are looking for their own waterfront home in Slidell, Louisiana. While a pool is a must for him, lake access for her kayak is all she needs.
A couple looks for a lakeside retreat on Table Rock Lake in Missouri where they can escape their busy lifestyles. However, finding a dream lake house that meets all of their needs and their $350,000 is no easy feat.
Aaron and Keri are ready to get out of their tiny apartment, especially with the new addition to their family, their baby boy. They love the town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin but want to live closer to the water so they can enjoy the calming views and active lifestyle. Aaron and Keri have their sights set on Lake Winnebago, but finding a spacious house right on the lake below $285,000 is not an easy task. Aaron and Keri enlist the help of local real estate agent, Megan Lang, to help make their dream of lakefront living a reality.
John and Melissa have the chance to move to upstate New York and give their kids the chance to experience the great outdoors. Sleepy Hollow Lake has the big water feel John is nostalgic for, but Melissa is more concerned with the house itself. Finding a blend of both exterior lakefront appeal and practical indoor design for under $300,000 is a tall order for real estate agent, Vicky Wolpert, but if she can check off all the boxes under budget, it will bring John and Melissa's dreams for their family to fruition.
After answering an Internet ad looking for a companion to an arts festival in Nevada, Kelli met Don and quickly fell in love. Now, after eight years of marriage, they're tired of being landlocked in the Arizona desert and are hoping to find a home on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. While Don and Kelli both have a mutual love of the water, Don doesn't just want a home with lake frontage or water views, he wants to live on the water, in a houseboat. With the help of real estate agent Kevin Bagley, Don hopes to convince Kelli to jump on-board with the nautical lifestyle and hopefully purchase a houseboat for under $300,000.
Brian and Eileen are from Ballston, New York and have been married for 14 years. Between raising their two daughters and managing a family business, life at home has become hectic. Brian and Eileen would love to find a vacation home where they can get away and spend quality time together as a family. Having both grown up around the water they feel a lake house would be the perfect setting for building lasting family memories. With a variety of lakes in the Adirondacks of New York to chose from, they've decided on the private but sizable Brant Lake. While Eileen wouldn't mind spending less money on a fixer-upper, Brian is set on finding a turnkey ready home. With the help of
A Kentucky couple comes to Lake Cumberland to find a houseboat for their water-crazed family.
After meeting at a mutual friend's bonfire party, Greg and Sheila began dating and soon fell in love. Both divorcés quickly bonded over their children, who were already friends, as well as their shared love of the outdoors and water. As they look to the future, Greg and Sheila are interested in blending their two families under one roof. With the help of real estate agent, Jane Towle, Greg and Sheila hope to find a lakefront home for under $150,000.
Stephanie and Mike have lived in the Finger Lake region all their lives but are now ready to find a home of their own where they can entertain their friends and someday raise a family of their own. They both love the idea of living right on the water but are not sure if their budget of $250,000 will get them the space they desire in a lakefront property. Stephanie and Mike enlist the help of real estate agent and high school friend, Simon Fricano, to help make their dream of living on Cayuga Lake a reality.
Veronica and Carlos have always loved spending their summers on Canyon Lake in Texas. Wanting to balance out parenthood with more fun times by the water, the couple is hoping to find a weekend getaway they can call their own.
Greg lives in Vermont and loves to wakesurf out on Lake Champlain. While he enjoys living near Burlington, he wishes he were closer to the lake. To achieve the home of his dreams on the water, he's going to bank on his buds as future tenants to help contribute to the mortgage by paying rent. With roommates Mike and Vicky in tow, Greg hopes real estate agent Kathy O'Brien can grant his wish for waterfront for only $360,000.
Nick and James live in Brooklyn, New York and have been together for five years. Since moving from San Francisco to the East Coast they've been longing for a rustic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. They searched the Jersey Shore, Cape Cod and even the Hamptons before stumbling upon upstate New York's Copake Lake in the Hudson Valley. With a surprising balance of scenic natural beauty and convenient access to local shops, arts and fine dining, Nick and James realized this would be the perfect setting for their new lakeside retreat. Although they've been saving for a few years, they're still not sure if they'll be able to find a vacation home within their budget of $299,000. So they've hired local real estate agent, Lindsay LeBrecht, to aid in their search.
Dayna and Dave have been coming to Lake Waynoka, Ohio, together for over 15 years. With an abundance of amenities and recreation, this private gated community offers residents an unexpected resort experience that's perfect for a family of six. Local real estate agent Dave Gilkerson aids in the search to make this family's dreams of waking up on Lake Waynoka a reality, all for under $380,000.
Chris, Katherine, and their daughter, Slade, have been spending weekends at Lake Gaston, North Carolina for around ten years. While they enjoy time on the water with their two dogs, they have grown tired of trailering their boat back and forth from their home 30 minutes away in Roanoke Rapids. With the help of local real estate agent, Wilbur Crawley, this family of three will search for a lakefront home with a spot for their boat and space to relax within their budget of $375,000.
After moving back to their hometown of Bethesda, Maryland, a couple with ties to Colorado misses the mountains. They uncovered the nearby, four-season ski town of Deep Creek Lake and hope to make it their family vacation spot by buying a lakefront home for under $365,000.
Over the past several years Steven and Erin have traveled all around the country for work. It was easy in the beginning when their children Preston and Mason were young, but as the boys grew older, Steven and Erin realized it was time to settle down in one location. They decided to lay down roots and raise the kids in the quaint, rustic community of Lake Lure, North Carolina. They're currently renting a home roughly 20 miles away from the lake and feel it's time to not only find a place of their own but a property that's right on the water. With the help of a local real estate agent, Steven and Erin hope to find the permanent lakeside retreat of their dreams for $260,000 or less.
After 20 years away, Sloan is returning to the lake he grew up on to purchase a home with his girlfriend, Krystal. Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, Weiss Lake offers a number of activities in and around the water and is the perfect place to shift to permanent lake life. With help from a local real estate agent, this couple hopes to find their first home together on the water of Weiss Lake for under $299,000.