Originally Posted by dirwoody
Wow - Great info Jeff. Thanks for that. Right now I'm used to driving an hour to the lake 2-3 nights a week during the summer. That definately eases my mind a bit, now I gotta figure out the rest of everything.
Oh yeah, are cabins that pricey since there looks to be so much waterfront land to be had?
Yeah, if you're used to driving an hour - you'll be about on par. The closes lakes are around 40 minutes.
Lakeshore property is hit or miss. On the big, popular lakes - it's pricey.. If you want to get something affordable - you'll have to go to a smaller, quieter lake. It all depends on what you want. Some people just want a quiet lake with nothing but butter. Some people want a busy party lake with bars and restaurants on the water. If you're on a "popular" lake - I doubt you could touch anything under $250k. If you start getting to the smaller lakes - stuff pops up for $150k range often.
There is also a LOT of trailer type places where you just buy a trailer and pay $2k a year for "rent" and a slip.. That's a great way to do it on the cheap. You can leave a dock, a lift and your boat on the water, have a place to sleep, etc. A trailer or camper is like $6-$15k and then you pay $2k a year. Not a bad way to go if you're balling on a budget.
I know that SOME people live on the lakes and commute in to Fargo but in the winter you'll want a flexible job if you go that route as the highways out there can get pretty wild during a storm.
Where is the job? How old are you?