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Looking for Advice on Lakefront Properties

We (married 47 year old couple) are looking for a lakefront (or beachfront) home in the US. Ideally it would have sandy beaches, generally warm weather, year round occupancy, sailing, fishing, and limited motor boats (a little peace and quiet for these "old" folks). Golf nearby would be nice but not required. We are very novice sailors, so demanding sailing is not a requirement. Thoughts? Thank you.
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The requirement for "limited motor boats" would seem to significantly, if not completely, rule out any decent sized lake anywhere.
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The only lakes and bodies of water that I can think of that are limited in exposure to motor boats are usually wildlife preserves of some sort. Growing up, I spent a lot of time sailing, canoeing and fishing on a Loon preserve up in NH... and the only powerboat we ever saw belonged to the game wardens/rangers in the area.
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Good observations. The desire for limited motor boat activity seems too restrictive. Strike that, and let me know if anyone can suggest lakes that might be attractive. Thanks.
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How about the Chesapeake Bay? It's not a lake, but it could meet you other requirements.
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What you are looking for has become very expensive whether it be on the ocean or a lake. The only east coast area that is warm and pleasant year round would be the Florida Keys. In that they stick out into the Gulf Stream, it tempers the climate from being too hot or too cold. The west coasters will have to chime in about over there. The only other "nice year round" place in the US might be Hawaii.
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I would suggest that a lake...any lake...will quickly become too boring and restrictive for sailing. You might want to consider:
1. The Chesapeake Bay
2. Puget Sound
3. The Great Lakes (more like inland seas)..but too cold me thinks!
4. Coastal N Carolina...Albermarle Sound/Pamlico Sound/Nuese River
....for reasonably protected waters with plenty of sailing andexploring opportunities. Waterfront property is quite expensive relative to NON waterfront in any area but there are areas that are out of the way on all of the above that are relatively inexpensive due to their isolation. (i.e. lower eastern shore of the Chesapeake). Are you presently in the US or from elsewhere?

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I'd add Lake Champlain to that list, since it is a fairly large lake, and has access to other waters as well.
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