Pros and Cons of Living Near WaterCenturyTree
You can ditch the white noise machine and settle for the real thing by buying a waterfront home. The crashing of waves, the cool night breeze rolling off the water or the soothing sound of rushing river water will certainly rock you to sleep. But before taking the “plunge,” it’s important to consider all the pros and cons of living near water.
I’ve alluded to one of the best benefits of living near water already: tranquility. The sounds, the smells, the air; it all brings you to a peaceful level of calm. Additionally, the views can be spectacular at almost any time of day in any weather condition.
Living near water means nonstop fun and unlimited water activities. Whether its surfing, scuba diving, boating, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, each activity has its own excitement!
Physical & Psychological Wellbeing
When it comes to living near water, the best option is to live by the ocean. The sea air is charged with negative ions, which helps your body to absorb oxygen, improve alertness and combat free radicals. It has also been found to balance the serotonin levels in your body, which is a chemical associated with mood and stress.
Have you noticed that after days spent at the beach, you feel more relaxed and refreshed? Now imagine how you’d feel if you lived by the ocean permanently.
Sunshine (just don’t forget the sunscreen!)
Spending time in the sun provides essential vitamin D which is good for helping our bodies to absorb calcium and prevent osteoporosis. Although it can be found in different foods, it’s usually hard to get the right amount. But spending a few hours daily in the sun will give you a good dose of Vitamin D. Just remember to put on your sunscreen.
If you visit a spa, you will no doubt listen to some calming sounds on the speakers. Usually, we use the soothing sounds of water, waves, and birds to relax and calm ourselves. We often use sounds from nature to help us fall asleep.
But, living near water will give you the most natural and soothing melodies. While listening to relaxing noises of waves and the water lapping the shore, you will never feel more calm and relaxed.
When you lower the stress in your life you are also increasing your body’s immunity. Reducing your stress means your body has greater potential to be healthy and vibrant.
With the fresh air, sunshine and a daily dose of vitamins you will notice a big boost in your immune function.
“Blue Mind” Effect
Research has shown that we tend to have a personal and emotional relationship with water, also known as the “Blue Mind” effect. This is the state when we feel more relaxed when near water.
Notice how you feel more meditative as soon as you get near the beach. You tend to simply focus on the calming sounds and the feel of the water.
For all the advantages of waterfront property, there are also a few disadvantages. Waterfront living is the lifelong dream for many. It’s a lifestyle found attractive by most. Is it the right one for you?
The most pressing concern is the increased exposure to natural risk. Sea levels are rising and can dampen the shorelines or severely impact entire communities. Storm surges can erode property. Often times, waterfront properties are more susceptible to wind damage. For these reasons and more, an increased insurance premium may be charged. Flood insurance may be required as well.
General maintenance on a waterfront property can also be more costly. The humidity, the mist, the perpetual state of dampness, and perhaps the salt can impact the exterior of the homes. Not only can it affect the exterior and impact the grounds of the property, but it can also cause increased wear and tear on interior furnishings and appliances.
Water can be a breeding zone for pesky insects and other animals. Mosquitoes can be a major nuisance. Depending on location, reptiles like alligators and/or snakes may also be natural inhabitants nearby.
Finally, since the properties are often more private and secluded, this also means less neighbors to check in on things. The doors and windows facing the water can be vulnerable targets for burglaries. Your privacy also can be affected by the noise of passing motorboats. If you don’t own land at the edge of your property, the public may have legal access to the shoreline.
Like you, other people love to spend time near water. You might anticipate large summer crowds and increased traffic during the holiday season. It may be difficult to get around your community during the Memorial Day or July 4th Holidays. Something to inquire about when you are considering a move. You may have to share a little more than you’d like but you’d have the place to yourself as soon as school is back in session.