Convenience is the most overlooked aspect when it comes to buying lake property. People often don't think to think about how the lake's location will affect them until after they have bought. Up here in the Northern Wisconsin, you can be 10 miles from town and it could be a 30 minute drive. Roads wind around lakes and have low speed limits. While it may be scenic and wonderful the first couple of times you drive the route, people seem to tire of wasting over an hour just to run to town for a couple of groceries. Proximity to town also increases or decreases the chances of high speed internet, natural gas and solid cell reception being available. Natural Gas is a key thing to look for because it is significantly cheaper to heat with natural gas than with propane or electric.