A custom built home affords the ability to decide exactly where you want your property to be located and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to call home than Lake Anna. One of the largest freshwater inland reservoirs in the State of Virginia, Lake Anna encompasses more than 20 square miles throughout Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania counties. Not far from popular cities such as Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville, the water-adjacent Lake Anna communities have much to offer for anyone considering building a home here.
Benefits of Waterfront/Lake Living
For starters, living in a waterfront property means you won’t have to worry about pollution or excessive noise from busy streets. In fact, since your home can be situated in a way that keeps you a comfortable distance from any neighbors while still giving you plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle. Many homeowners appreciate waterfront living by Lake Anna for the following reasons:
- Amazing, exotic views
- Access to water sports and activities
- Many positive health benefits (e.g., less stress, more opportunities to relax, less humidity)
Lake Anna State Park
If you prefer to have your property built in Spotsylvania County, you won’t be far from Lake Anna State Park. Once home to the Goodwin Gold Mine, the park is now a prime destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Become one of the locals here and you’ll be within easy walking distance of a picturesque park with amenities that include:
- A well-stocked fishing pond that’s accessible to children and disabled individuals
- Six camping cabins
- 15 miles of trails
- Multiple hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities
- Family-friendly picnic areas
Lake Anna Fishing Opportunities
Whether you’re a seasoned angular or you’ve always wanted to try your hand at fishing, having a home by Lake Anna will give you access to multiple species of fish. One of the reasons why anglers from all over the country routinely flock to the area because it’s one of the most well-stocked lakes on the entire east coast!
Lake Anna is home to more than 30 fish species. So, once you find your preferred fishing spot after getting settled in here, you’ll be able to cast your line in crystal clear waters full of large-mouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, striped bass, white and yellow perch, and even unique walleye and hybrid striped bass.
There are many local and regional fishing tournaments you may participate in. Of course, you’re also welcome to casually fish at your own pace. Plus, you’ll have one big advantage over all of those anglers coming from miles around to fish here – you’ll literally be within walking distance of many of the best fishing spots!
Endless Family Fun
Family fun is definitely something that abounds in the Lake Anna area. When you choose to call any of the many prime spots along the lake or in nearby communities home, you’ll be able to enjoy numerous family friendly activities. Lake Anna State Park hasn’t been the site of an active gold mine since the 1940s. However, gold panning and prospecting classes are held here every summer – definitely a fun way for you and your kids to learn about this region’s history. Not surprisingly, there are also plenty of beaches in the area. The family-friendly and frequently visited ones usually have lifeguards on duty during swimming season.
If you prefer to have your home built in a community adjacent to the lake, you should have to problem finding quaint local parks, including some with a beautiful view of the nearby lake. For those moments when you want to enjoy an outdoor experience with your loved ones, campgrounds can easily be found by the lake. And thanks to an abundance of local dog parks, even your family pet can spend some time relaxing and playing outdoors!
Another compelling reason to build here is because of the many ways to actively enjoy the water. Boats can be conveniently and affordably rented at centrally located marinas. Equipment can also be rented if you prefer to participate in popular lake activities like wake boarding, jet skiing, tubing, and other water-based activities. Finding water-related hobbies to fill your days when living here won’t be difficult either. Popular Lake Anna pastimes also include:
- Sailing and boating
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Paddle boarding
- Swimming and snorkeling
Building a home in the Lake Anna area doesn’t mean you’ll be limited to water-based activities. There are several land-based local attractions that are easily accessible. Many homeowners in the area make regular visits to nearby attractions that include an assortment of vineyards and a distillery. There are golf courses, 60 and counting, designed with all skill levels in mind along with bustling shopping and restaurant districts for the family.
And if you want to get to know more about the area once you move into your new residence, you’ll have no trouble finding popular historic spots, like the Goodwin Mine and various Civil War battle sites, and local museums designed with families with children in mind. Build your new custom home by Lake Anna and you also won’t be far away from the following attractions:
- Kings Dominion (amusement park)
- Skydive Orange (skydiving center)
- Sturgeon Creek Marina
- Louisa Arts Center
- Goochland Drive-In Theater
Day Trip Options
Another delightful thing about living in the Lake Anna area is the many day trip options you’ll have available for your consideration. Nearby Fredericksburg, for example, has many one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, antique shops, and five-star restaurants.
If adventure is your thing, you and your family can always spend the day at Adventure Park at Wilderness Presidential Resort in nearby Spotsylvania. In addition to being home to more than 30 wineries, breweries, and cideries.
Charlottesville, which is about an hour away via I-64 W, offers historic tours that trace the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson at his home, Monticello. Don’t miss the ghost tours in the fall and walking the brick-paved downtown pedestrian mall is always a treat.
There are more presidential homes here in Virginia. Don’t miss Montpellier, the home of James Madison, our Founding Father, architect of the Constitution, and fourth President of the United States is one of the most revered thinkers in American history. The home is in beautiful Orange County in the town of Montpelier Station.
Accessible from Lake Anna by way of I-95 S, Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is another popular day trip location. While visiting here, you can check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and other top-notch museums, browse through vintage shops and farmers’ markets, sample craft beer or cider, or take a Segway tour of the area.
Lake Anna Communities
Many of the homes built here are a combination of charming wooden cabins, modern condos, Cape Cod-style properties, and ranch-style homes. So, it won’t be difficult to have a home built that fits right in. There are plenty of prime spots right next to the lake. However, property price tags are a bit lower if you build in nearby communities situated only a short distance from the lake. Thanks to Interstates 64 and 95, getting around here won’t be a problem either. And if you are regular traveler or you have frequent out-of-town visitors, you won’t be far from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.
Lake Anna Buying vs. Custom Building
After you’ve made the decision to call the Lake Anna area home, the next step is to decide between buying an existing home and creating a custom home from scratch. The biggest advantage of going the custom built route is the ability to get everything you want right from the start. You also won’t have to worry about making a series of improvements or renovations to turn a home you like into one you absolutely love. While a waterfront lot can be an investment, it’s one that can pay off in many ways. Also, you won’t have to settle for a home that’s “close enough” to what you have in mind. Some well-built and perfectly located waterfront homes can sell for as much as a million dollars or more!
Explore the many possibilities of creating a home where many lasting family memories are sure to be made.