Anyone spending any amount of time perusing waterfront or lakefront real estate in the Lake Wallenpaupack and surrounding area is bound to come across the term “technical waterfront / lakefront / riverfront.” What in the world does that mean?
If you search on Google for “What is a technical waterfront?” the first result shown involves the technical aspects of the Marlon Brando classic film “On the Waterfront.” (“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contenda. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”) Not exactly helpful.
Some real estate related terms can be confusing. They may be strictly a local term that became part of the area’s unique jargon. One such term from our area is “Gumble cottage” or “Gumble chalet.” (That’s for another blog.) I’m not sure how many other areas use “Technical Waterfront” but in our area it simply means this:
A property with direct access to the water (a “front” lot) but is divided from the water by some other feature, such as a road or a piece of community owned property. It’s “technically” a waterfront property.
Some communities around Lake Wallenpaupack, such as Beechwood Cove and a couple others maintain ownership of a thin strip of property between the homeowner lots and the shoreline area. The amount of “front land” land an entity owns on Lake Wallenpaupack determines the allowable dock size or amount of boat slips allotted for the community. Therefore, owning a large amount of “front land” is important for communities that offer boat slips for the members.
In Beechwood Cove, “front lot” home owners do not have their own private docks; they have a slip in the community dock. PPL – (Pennsylvania Power & Light, the owner of Lake Wallenpaupack) – is very keen on preserving the integrity of the shoreline and has done a fantastic job of maintaining the lake.
For some, not having their own private dock is a deal killer – but it is a great option for others who simply want to be on the water for less money, not to mention not having the responsibility of maintaining their own dock (and hauling it in and out the water every year!)
One of the AWESOME DEALS on Lake Wallenpaupack right now is this Gumble inspired technical lakefront cottage in Beechwood Cove. It has a pleasant view of the water from the living room, and the community dock system is nearby. The home has been well maintained, has a huge sleeping loft (convert part of it for a 3rd bedroom and bath and STILL have an open loft too), an enclosed porch with aromatic cedar walls, wood stove, wood floors…plenty of parking, and…yes…access to Lake Wallenpaupack. Beechwood Cove is a small neighborhood tucked away in a wooded setting. This home is priced crazy – only $229,000! It’s a steal! Click the photo or this link for more information.
Another technical waterfront deal is available, and it is THE BEST DEAL for someone who really wants a private dock for under $200,000. This home on Sweetwater Rd. is in the Sterling Shores community on the Wallenpaupack River. The cool thing about the Wallenpaupack River is that you can navigate your motorboat “up da river” to all the action on Lake Wallenpaupack. Since the Wallenpaupack River is a no-wake zone, power boat traffic is required to be slow – making the river an excellent place to enjoy kayaking or canoeing, or a gentle float along the shore taking in the natural beauty of this area. The home for sale features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, fireplace, wood floors, sun porch, and a back deck (and hot tub) with a view of the river! Offered at only $189,000, it comes with its own private, maintenance free dock! Click here for more information! (Come to the OPEN HOUSE on Sunday May 19 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to see for yourself!)
(At the risk of muddying the waters….if we want to be truly technical…all front lot owners on Lake Wallenpaupack are in reality “technical waterfronts.” PPL maintains ownership of a strip of land around the shoreline of Lake Wallenpaupack – locally referred to as the PPL Project Line – in order to preserve the beauty,integrity, and ecological health of the shore line.
With few exceptions, you will not see a gazillion houses dotting the shoreline around Lake Wallenpaupack when you are on the water. You will see trees and nature preservation at work (and probably some bald eagles!) Thank you PPL for keeping Lake Wallenpaupack a beautiful natural resource!