Originally Posted by califdreamer
I browsed thru a book at the store the other day about the Ozarks.* I believe author referred to your area as Tri-Lakes area (Table Rock, Bull Shoals and one other?).* Are homes with a lake view expensive?* Is the water clear or muddy?* How would you compare the Ozark Lakes with the TX Hill Country Lakes?* Are they rocky or muddy, for example?* Congested with boat traffic or pretty wide open?* Was your decision to live in MO as opposed to AR due to things like taxes or was it just quality of life issues?
Sorry for inquisition.... curious about the area*
The other lake is Taneycomo.* Kind of wide river like, but considered a lake cause it is dammed on both ends.* Very famous for its trout fishing.
The lakes here are some of the clearest I have seen.* Table Rock is quite busy on weekends, but fairly quiet week days.* Today I was jogging by the lake and saw only a few boats. (about 930AM) The secret here is to be able to do your thing on the weekdays and stay home on the weekends.
In chosing MO over AR---In my situation I found the COL was a little lower in MO.* I also felt the northern part of AR was a bit too rural for me.
Cost of lakeview homes is tough to nail down because the offerings are many and varied.* The best view we saw was priced at 229K.* That's the good news.* The bad is that it would have taken at least 75K to get the place into shape.* We looked at many other nice lakeview homes, but they had other major drawbacks such as a busy road close by or so far into the sticks that you wished it had a busy road somewhere--anywhere!
I think 300-350 and a little luck could get you a nice home with a lakeview. As you approach 400K and beyond you are talking a real pad.*
Given that you are from CA, you may find the weather a real issue.* Hot, humid summers and it does cool off in the winter.* To me it is no problem, but then, many years of TX heat and going to school near the Canadian border does give one a certain tolerance.