Property by the lakes of Finland
Finland, which from the beginning of the 19th century was part of the Russian Empire until the 1917 revolution took place, and today it is actively attracting residents of our country who prefer to relax and live not only in large cities of a neighboring country, but also near lakes.
The appearance of a whole layer of real estate located directly or close to the lake is primarily due to the large number of this type of reservoirs in Finland, where there are about 190,000 lakes, which occupy 9% of the country’s area, which is why it is often called the “country of thousands of lakes”. The largest is Saimaa, which is the fourth largest freshwater lake in Europe. Interestingly, the lakes are also an integral and important part of the regional identity of the inhabitants of Finland, whose folklore is actively saturated with the chanting of this type of water body.
Buy a house by the lake – ecology bonus
An important factor due to which real estate on lakes in Finland has the right to be highly quoted in environmental ratings is the active work of the Finnish Environment Institute, which monitors the volume and quality of water in the country, due to which, due to the launch of new treatment facilities, the water quality in many lakes in 2010- x years improved from satisfactory to good and excellent – such statuses have about 80% of the reservoirs in the country. A similar trend in an era of widespread improvement in environmental performance in most countries of the world is a rare exception.
A separate joy for the owner of real estate at the Finnish lakes is the year-round opportunity to get the most for relaxation and health: if in the summer it is swimming (the lakes warm up much faster than rivers, seas and oceans) boating, scooters, comfortable fishing and hunting, then in winter it is skiing , ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing and much more. Therefore, even if the owner of the real estate does not have the opportunity to live on the territory of his property all year round, then there is always the opportunity to successfully rent out housing or send his friends and family members there for vacation.
Lakes – the pride of Finland
The coastline of the largest lake in Finland, Saimaa, is about 15,000 km long – its system consists of nine lakes (it is believed that it was Generalissimo Suvorov who came up with the idea of connecting the internal bays of Saimaa with small channels, thereby making the bypass routes for his warships invisible), therefore it is not surprising that it is in its vicinity that the country’s most active lakeside real estate market is located. The local waters are also notable for the abundance of fish and rare Saimaa seals – therefore, lovers of fishing and contemplation of an endangered species of seals can safely make a choice in favor of Saimaa. However, similar characteristics can be found in other lakes – Inari, Oulujärvi, Pääyanne and others. There are also lakes with a very interesting history of origin: Laappajärvi is Finland’s largest crater lake – the lake is a 23 square kilometer impact meteorite crater – experts estimate its age at 78 million years.
Now in the real estate market in Finland there is a clear trend – urbanization. The older generation of the country’s inhabitants is aging and, on average, at 75 years old, the inhabitants of the fabulously beautiful Finnish farms are moving to cities. The younger generation is not ready to burden itself with suburban real estate and prefer to rent housing for holidays in different regions when it is convenient. Therefore, now an excess supply has formed on the estate market in Finland, which directly affects the formation of market prices: now, sometimes for a third of the price you can buy wonderful houses, villas, forestry and farms in the most picturesque places, the most interesting of which is the Saimaa lake system and Lake Payanne. Saimaa unites more than 13,000 islands, and Lake Payanne is the deepest in Finland. From it, through an underground aqueduct, water is supplied to all houses in the Helsinki region.
In terms of transport accessibility for those traveling to Finland by rail, the most convenient support cities are Lahti, Kouvola, Lappeenranta and Imatra. If we consider the point of view of water geography, then traveling along these lakes is a separate and useful entertainment: through locks and canals you can go to sea.
The cost of housing by the lake
There is a fairly wide selection of plots of land, among which there are quite original proposals: for example, there are plots and finished houses located on the territory of cottage villages on small islands, connected to the mainland by bridges. A plot with such characteristics and a size of over 1000 square meters will cost about 75,000 euros. The cost of houses here starts at 10,000 euros (mobile wagon), simple versions of small houses start at 50,000 euros, cottages made of timber or brick with several bedrooms and a plot of 3000 sq.m are sold for 200,000 euros.