Hayward realty

In the market for a Wisconsin lake home? We know, the real estate buying process isn’t easy or quick. On average, buyers search for 10 weeks and look at 10 homes. It’s long and arduous and can be overwhelming especially in the Wisconsin market where there are so many great locations to choose from. Here’s the 5 top locations in the state to narrow down your search for lake homes for sale:

1. Madeline Island
You’ll get the charm of small town life in La Pointe, the only town on Madeline Island. Accessible by ferry and home to less than one thousand residents, the island is the perfect escape from the busy nonstop race of the city.

2. North Beach/Racine
In 2012, USA Today named North Beach one of the 51 best beaches in the country as well as one of the top 5 freshwater beaches. Not to mention you’ll have access to attractions like the zoo, lighthouse and plenty of museums in Racine. There’s something for everyone!

3. Whitefish Bay
Close to downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, Whitefish Bay offers the best of both worlds. This locale is best for homebuyers looking for a family-oriented community that’s less tourists and more permanent residents.

4. Sturgeon Bay
Located in Door County, Sturgeon Bay is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From kayaking to sailing to paddle boarding to fishing, you have the waterman’s world at your fingertips as well as numerous state parks to explore.

5. Washington Island
If you’re looking for a slower pace of life, you’ll find it on Washington Island, an island rich with history and culture. You can spend your days on the limestone waterfront at Schoolhouse Beach or climbing the stairs of the oldest lighthouse in the state.

There are plenty of gorgeous spots in Wisconsin for your lake home. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or looking to invest in a second home, lakefront property is a great choice with both short term and long term benefits. Talk to your local real estate agent to see a list of lake homes for sale and start the buying process before summer ends!