Most homes with views over water come with a hefty premium. For second-home hunters, a view of a lake, river or the sea can push up property prices by more than 30 per cent, even in already top-flight holiday destinations.
Here we check out two attractive holiday home locations that are near the water.
Across the clear Adriatic Sea from Italy’s east coast, South Dalmatia in Croatia offers good sea views backed by a dramatic landscape of vines and orange trees.
Sun Gardens is an established hotel and family-focused sporting resort 15 minutes from medieval Dubrovnik on a mile-long beach. It has a 201-room hotel and 207 apartments, with 18 restaurants and bars, tennis and squash courts, extensive gym and spa facilities, a climbing wall, football pitch and indoor pool.
The impressive resort has entered its final phase, selling 32 one- and two-bedroom apartments from £163,000. Annual service charges start from about £3,100 and the resort will manage rentals and maintenance.
“This is a hassle-free solution for buyers who want good family time in a safe and interesting location,” says Julian Houchin of resort owners iO Adria.
“Owners come from 15 different countries and are receiving gross rental returns of about five per cent, helped by a successful conference business outside of the peak holiday season.”
The Italian Lakes
Elegant Lake Maggiore, with its lush gardens and gentle climate, is much wider than its more famous neighbour Lake Como and significantly busier for watersports, says Paul Kleinekorte of Pure International.
“On Maggiore, the hillsides are not as steep and the water not as deep as Como,” he says. “Chic Italian towns on the lake include Stresa and Verbania, while the ski resort of Zermatt is two-and-a-half hours away by train.”
Pure International is selling apartments directly by the water at Laveno Residences. Two of the project’s five phases are complete and sold to buyers from Switzerland, Germany and Italy, and the resort hotel is open.
Prices for contemporary one- to three-bedroom apartments ready to move into start from £178,300. Communal facilities include a pool, gym, full hotel services and on-site rental management.
For confirmed fans of Lake Como, agents John Taylor has a duplex apartment with a wide terrace directly overlooking the lake at Torno, three miles from the town of Como. The two-bedroom home is priced at £269,300.