Top 10 things you need in a vacation home

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As summer kicks off, we’re all dreaming of escaping reality and spending our weekends at a warm and sunny destination, where we can frolic in the lake and sip sangria in the sun. British Columbia’s recreational property market is in high demand, with buyers looking to secure their weekend getaway destination – but what features should you be looking for to get the most out of your vacation home getaway?

We’re taking a look at the home-away-from-home essentials in our list of the top 10 things you need in a vacation home.

Outdoor space

There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on your patio, enjoying a nice breeze and spectacular view, and sipping a glass of local wine. Outdoor space is a must in your vacation home.

Lake access

In vacation spots, like the Okanagan, access to the lake is extremely necessary during the summer months. There’s nothing like a refreshing dip in the lake during a hot afternoon.

Nearby recreational activities

Taking a day trip might just become the highlight of your vacation. Homes at the community of Lakestone in Lake Country are just a short drive away from over 10 wineries, five golf courses, parks and trails.

Mudroom

It’s only natural to get a little dirty when exploring the natural landscape around your vacation home. You’ll want to make sure your vacation home has a mudroom to avoid tracking dirt into your beautiful home.

Outdoor toys

Vacation homes are the perfect spot for engaging in outdoor activities. Boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are essential supplies for summer 2015. With a boat launch less than a five-minute drive away, Lakestone offers an ideal home base for boating enthusiasts.

Entertaining area

Vacations are for socializing, so you’ll want to ensure you have a great space to host your guests. Lakestone’s showhome by local builder Noba Vision includes a built-in beer keg and 400-bottle LED edgelit glass wine display room – that’s entertaining the right way!

Extra bed

You’ll likely want to invite friends and family to come share your paradise, so make sure to stock up on an extra bed, even if it’s just a mattress – sometimes you just have to rough it.

Accessibility

You want the journey to your vacation home to be quick and painless. Lakestone is only a 10-minute drive to the Kelowna airport, which dispatches daily flights to destinations such as Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

Clutter-free design

You’ve escaped reality for some rest and relaxation, so your vacation home should make this experience as easy as possible. Opt for lots of storage and plenty of space, so your surroundings can put your mind at ease.

Proximity to amenities

While you love a serene escape, it’s important to not be too far from neighbourhood amenities in case something comes up. The best vacation home is still within a quick drive to grocery stores, walk-in clinics, and anything else you might need.

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