Ski in winter and swim in summer: where to live on Europe's loveliest lakes - New Build Inspections
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Ski in winter and swim in summer: where to live on Europe’s loveliest lakes

Lakeside homes are by their very nature a limited resource, so are often a rock-solid investment – as well as offering a superb quality of life. Frequently built close to mountains, they make good income earners in both summer and winter.

Even if you can’t take a dip from the dock in your own back garden, there is something uniquely calming about living beside water, a gently shifting mirror reflecting the dramatic peaks along the shore.

The Alps are a good hunting ground for a home. Take the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See, an hour from Salzburg, where the vibrant summer scene is very different from the après-ski culture between December and April.

Families congregate around the lakeside…