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Types of waterfront properties in Lake Chelan

houses on chelan lake

The benefits of living near a body of water – whether ocean, river, or lake – are well known. These include  fresh air, better sleep, access to a variety of recreational activities, and if you’re lucky, scenic or calming views. All lead to a happier and less stressed you.

Lake Chelan in Washington State is no different. But first, you’ll need to know which particular property to target, as there are many options available. For example,  the term “waterfront,” but did you know that it doesn’t apply to all properties with water views or easy access to water? There are three types of water-based properties, and it’s important to understand the differences between them so you can make the best decision.

Property types associated with water include waterfront, waterview, and water access. In the case of properties in Lake Chelan, let’s make it more specific by using the terms lakefront, lakeview, and lake access instead.


Lake Chelan is the largest natural lake in Washington State, stretching for 55 miles. The surrounding area receives over 300 days of sunshine per year, making it a popular year-round destination. Before you invest in Lake Chelan real estate, consider the following questions to make the best decision:

  • Do you want a property right across the lake?
  • How about a house that offers lake and mountain views from the street above?
  • Perhaps, a property far from the lake but with legal, shared access to it?


Lakefront homes provide the ultimate in luxury. With direct lake access, beautiful lake views, and a boat dock, you’ll enjoy the best of everything. These properties almost always command the highest prices because they offer the best in resort-style living. If you’re seeking the ultimate Lake Chelan lifestyle, a lakefront home is the perfect choice for you.


Despite their proximity to the water, lakeview properties are not located right on the banks of the lake. Because you won’t have to pay for the privilege of owning a home with direct access to the water, lakeview properties come at a lower price than lakefront homes.  Homebuyers looking for Lake Chelan homes for sale with lake views can find them up further inland or between houses and trees.

Lake access

A water access property grants you location and property rights to the water. Some houses don’t have a view of the lake, but public easements give you access to the lake and dock.

Many of the properties with water access include docks and are ideal for boat owners. Access to the water can either be public or private, and this is something to consider before making a purchase.


The decision about whether you should invest in a lakefront, lakeview, or lake access property depends on many factors, including your budget, lifestyle, and preferences. Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties has the expertise and experience you need to make the right decisions and find your dream home.

Let’s work together to find some of the best Chelan or Manson homes for sale so you can experience the ultimate Lake Chelan lifestyle. We can also provide you with a comprehensive list of waterfront properties for sale in other communities in Chelan County. Call 509.682.7777 or send an email.