Three years ago, all of Texas stood still, hopelessly looking into the eyes of the culprit responsible for one of the states most severe droughts in history.
“Her name was El Nina.”
—a weather pattern that packs her bags every five or so years and visits the southern U.S., cooling surface temperatures on her way through the Pacific, and creating warmer, drier weather upon her arrival.
In her wake, Texans were left with dried-out city water wells, a burgeoning insect population that churned up crops one after another, mandatory water restrictions that paralyzed household vegetation, and a deep, burning drought-anxiety still felt three years after her departure.
Like a running stream, the country’s second most populous state scoured Texas’ greatest lakes for newly developed, drought-proof, waterfront real estate, independent of water wells and “hard cap” restrictions, and fitted with state-of-the-art air conditioning, double-pane windows, and sustainable insulation.
And that is exactly what they found.
The only question that remains is, “How long before all of these drought-proof lake houses for sale in Texas are all gone?”
Nestled on 26 acres of recreational land, with almost three football fields of private lakefront real estate on Lake Buchanan (Central Texas’ deepest lake and reservoir), is the 8,164 sq. Sunset Cliff Estate—the archetypical, evergreen solution to Texas’ recurrent droughts.
You see, like the Phoenix, every several years El Nina rises from her ashes and makes her return.
With 665 water restrictions on public water systems according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and over 95% of Texas still facing drought conditions, El Nina’s return could exhaust what is left of Texas’ water supply. Which is why so many Texans are in search of the perfect solution:
Lake houses for sale in Texas.
With over 22 acres of surface water and a 135 ft. max depth, Lake Buchanan is the largest of the Texas Highland Lakes.
It’s surrounded by private lake homes like The Sunset Cliff Estate, and its greatest contribution—even greater than its recreational opportunity in hot, dry weather— is its direct irrigation system.
“When I chose the location for my home, one strong reason was that living on the shores of Lake Buchanan is an excellent hedge against drought conditions. Water for both irrigation and home use comes directly from the lake – no wells needed! Even with the lake level lower than average, I never worry about running out of water,” says Sherry.
A potable water system with state-of-the-art reverse osmosis and UV filtration system is also fed by the lake.
30 communities now face complete well dry outs, and the average drop in well water in a 16-county area from Amarillo to Lubbock is at 1.87 feet.
Putting the future of your water supply in Mother Nature’s hands is no longer rational.
“Hard caps” are in effect all over the state. For homeowners like you, this means putting a lid on water consumption, and replacing lush green lawns with succulents and xeriscaping. It also means that routine, everyday uses for water, like washing your car, are unwarranted, not to mention egregious.
With Lake Buchanan just feet from her backyard, Sherry Atherton of The Sunset Cliff Estate in Burnet, Texas looks out onto the pristine water and says,
“There is no “anti-drought-anxiety” quite like certainty of water—a certainty of water that only lake houses for sale in Texas can offer.”
Perhaps the lakefront properties for sale in Texas are the few spots in the southern U.S. where the era of the lawn is actually on the rise.
Though sourcing your water from Lake Buchanan is a privilege, it must be done so responsibly says Sherry.
“Even though there is no “hard cap” for water consumption, I have been very conscious of my water usage and strive to use just enough to keep the organic garden and surrounding vegetation healthy,” says Sherry.
Over the last few years, El Nina’s unabated dry hands have gripped the recreational land with small, superficial lakes the most. With the states largest reservoirs at record low—water supply reservoirs are 60.5% full—smaller lakes have dried up completely.
When smaller lakes become parched, you can no longer quench your aching needs for recreational opportunity like fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, and wake boarding.
“Homebuyers are now looking for recreational opportunity on their own private land like never before, and that opportunity needs to be vast.”
With drought conditions drying up shallower lake beds, this means that just living on a lake isn’t the only drought-proof remedy that lake houses for sale in Texas like the Sunset Cliff Estate include.
To ensure yearlong opportunity, you have to do three things:
Otherwise, asylum may not be granted to those hoping for “certainty of water” any other way.
One of the reasons why Sherry chose this 26-acre plot of land was because of its unique position on Lake Buchanan.
Lake Buchanan stretches close to 35 square miles, with varying depths throughout its entire surface area, but The Sunset Cliff Estate rests on a bay surrounding the deepest waters of the lake. So even after those back-to-back months of record low rainfall and hotter-than-normal summers, Sherry still has access to recreational opportunity like kayaking, sailing, water sports, and mountain biking.
Despite a recede in Lake Buchanan’s shoreline during Texas’ harshest drought conditions, The Sunset Cliff Estate rests assured knowing that it sits at the part of the lake where water is most abundant.
Also, the property is positioned at a part of the lake where the water is to the West of the land. This means that the home itself shelters the backyard pool and water slide area, the three backyard terraces, and the garden and vegetation area (where you’ll spend most your time in the summer) from the hot sun.
The Texas drought brought a lot of fears to the surface, but the one that took the biggest toll on Texans was the unrelenting anxiety of water depletion.
Humans’ most primal need is water. And though a lot of communities across the Southern Plains are less fortunate than those perched on one of Texas’ greatest lake reservoirs, one thing is certain: certainty of water is now not certain at all.
As a result, homebuyers across the southern United States are lining up for an opportunity to acquire a prime lake house for sale in Texas.
So when El Nina does return, they’ll be ready.
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The Sunset Cliff Estate is located less than an hour from Austin, TX, and is an easy drive from Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
It’s one of only a few drought-proof waterfront estates in Texas that offers culture, art, music and lifestyle at your discretion due to its proximity to Austin, as well as an abundance of private, secluded recreational land; truly the best of both worlds!