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 Quality of Life: Housing Options
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or rent a home, whether as a primary development with the natural environment
construction starts have increased, mostly in the mountain communities near Wisp Resort. In some of those communities, you can ski directly from your front door.
As a result, Garrett County attracts a diverse population of outdoor enthusiasts.
Retirees flock to Garrett County because of the community setting and the opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle. Young professionals can work and play right in
the same neighborhood. Garrett County is also a popular vacation spot because of the numerous activities that are available in a pristine environment.
Similar to first residences, the most valuable vacation homes or second residences are found in the Deep Creek Lake area and near Wisp Resort, which is located at the northern end of the lake.
Most of the county’s vacation homes are located in the Deep Creek/Wisp area, in the vicinities of McHenry, Oakland and Swanton. These properties range from single-family houses to condominiums and townhouses.
Deep Creek Lake has 65 miles of shoreline, and housing is designated as lakefront, lake view and lake access. Kennedy said lakefront houses sell best, followed by lake view.
    residence or a vacation getaway. There is a wide range of settings, styles and prices available.
“The market started to get better at the end of 2017 and has been mostly stable since then,” said Mike Kennedy, Realtor and Co- owner of Railey Realty. ”With more sales and lower inventory, it’s still possible to find a good deal, but I recommend not waiting if you’ve been on the sideline.”
because of zoning regulations that protect the tranquil atmosphere and the many outdoor activities that are a popular attraction of the region.
Upscale properties that offer a water view and state-of-the-art amenities can cost $1 million
or more, but overall, the price range varies, depending on size and location. And although demand is robust, especially for those getaway places, buyers can still find good deals, realtors say. For example, you can get a lakefront house for $500,000 to $600,000, as opposed to the $800,000 or $900,000 you would have to spend in a peak market.
The costs for other properties that can be primarily used as second homes range from $250,000 to $500,000. Permanent homes away from the vacation hubs average in the high $100,000s to low $200,000s. These affordable homes are attractive for both young families and retirees on fixed incomes, and are located in small towns with walkable neighborhoods, such as Grantsville, Oakland, Friendsville and Accident. (For more on these communities, see Towns, p. 55.)
Land sales are better, but still lag because inventory of building lots is still high. New
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