Making Sure Your View Remains YOUR View
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing a vacation or retirement home in a warm, sunny location. Beach Views! Ocean Views! Beachfront! These are all common marketing lines to help draw people into certain developments, promising primo locations to vacation or retire in. And they may be very true… right now. What about 5 years down the road? Will those panoramic ocean views that you bought your home or condo for – and likely paid more for at the time – still be there? Or will you instead be looking into your neighbor’s living room while they watch the latest reality show.
It’s not easy to guarantee that the view you’ve been promised will remain for the entire time you own and live in your vacation home. That being said, if it’s high up on your list of “wants”, follow our tips to help make the guarantee a reality.
1. Your Home is Right on the Sand
Just because you were lucky enough to score a direct beachfront home, does not necessarily mean it will stay that way. In most countries, property that is on the beach close to the high water mark is called a concession zone. There is no security, and almost more important, no title. Essentially, the local government is able to lease out this land for tourist endeavors or temporary structures. If you aren’t able to avoid concession land, see about buying it. It may carry a hefty price tag, but at least you won’t have a margarita bar opening in front of your home, ruining your view.
2. Be Wary of Advertising
This is specifically important if you’re purchasing a pre-construction lot or condo. Ethical standards for advertising are not the same in all parts of the world, and it’s not uncommon for developers to advertise ‘incredible beach views’ and not be able to deliver. Because you are buying an artists rendition, it’s easy for them to throw in a gorgeous ocean view, even if your home or condo faces the city or another development.
To assist in avoiding this from happening, visit the development. Does it actually face the ocean or a beach? You should also attach the renderings of your home layout and view to your contract to help remind the developer what you expected when you purchased.
3. Purchase in a Location Impossible to Impede your View
If you’re able to find something next to a body of water (pond, lake, river) or next to a national park, the odds that your view will be spoiled are slim to none.
4. What are the Developers Plans for Green Space?
You’ve purchased your lot, and it’s right next to what looks like is going to be a park. Bonus! Or maybe not… don’t be afraid to discuss green space plans with your developer. In addition, ask about the vacant lots surrounding yours – are there building restrictions (size, height) on your future neighbors homes?
It’s not a bad idea to speak with your local government as well. Ask them about the zoning in the area you’ve bought in – are there plans for a freeway, hospital or shopping centre? All of these can significantly impede your view, not to mention an increase in traffic. It’s also worth asking your attorney if there are any laws in place that can help protect your view.
5. Purchase an Existing Building where you’re Already Happy with the View
If you buy a condo in a major centre, or a home in a developed community, chances are nothing will change. If you’re happy with the view when you purchase, the odds that it will change over the course of you living there is low.
For some folks, the view is the be all, end all when purchasing a home in a tropical paradise. Not only will you fulfill your dreams, but when/if it comes time to sell, the value of your home will be significantly increased with a gorgeous view. It’s worth doing the legwork to ensure it won’t be disturbed.