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Is Buying A Vacation Home Lakeside Better Than The Coast?

By Jamis Minnis, July 12, 2021

Ok before you roll your eyes at me and yawn, here me out!

I was recently able to get out of town for a few days. I booked a quaint little rustic cabin on Lake Sammamish, Washington. In all honestly, I booked it rather last minute and shrugged my shoulders at the Lake itself. I thought it looked inviting enough. But then we arrived. And then we got in. And the water was warm. And then there where no rip tides to be concerned about. And then I felt completely at ease. And then the water carried me away.

Being from Florida, lakes really weren’t a relaxing thing to “escape to”. They were either too polluted, had gators in them, or both. Florida beaches are where it’s at, I guess. But then there’s red tide and sometimes sharks to worry about. To me, a lake purchase feels so much more cozy, carefree and practical.

I know what you’re going to say, “But look at how beautiful the Oregon Coast is.” It’s true, it’s SOOO Pretty. It’s also SOOO cold. I argue that a beach should have a minimum temperature of 70 degrees. Otherwise, let’s call it what it is, a coastline. AM I Right?

So, I’ll ask you your thoughts on this heated debate. Lakeside or The Coast? If ever given the opportunity, where would you buy?



Jamis Minnis

Broker | OR


I'm just out here trying to be the Ruth Bader Ginsberg of Real Estate. I'm Originally from Florida. A Frugal Foodie. A Concert/Music Festival Enthusiast. A Community Organizer.  Double Majored in Psychology and Business. And I have Travelled all 50 States and 4 Continents. Housing has always been important to me. It's more than where the heart is, it's where we feel secure, build connection, Gather, Giggle, Grow. Over the years, I have managed a 350 bed International Youth Hostel in downtown San Francisco, worked for Habitat for Humanity with Americorps NCCC, volunteered on the Katrina mass home rebuild in New Orleans, and provided landlord tenant advocacy in the non-profit sector. All roads leading to finally being a Real Estate Agent. I bought and restored my home, a 1917 craftsman with perseverance, creativity, resourceful thinking, NERDing out on Real Estate stats, being strategic in negotiating, and having integrity, I plan to do the same for you. I run a fully transparent, encouraging, fun, but tight ship. Being an agent at Living Room Realty affords me the opportunity of being a home matchmaker. Meeting awesome clients that will soon have a home that meets their needs, their livelihood, and their dreams. Planning on selling your home? Great, I can help you with that too. I am especially excited to work with first time home buyers, folks with marginalized identities, and folks that would like to have a fun supportive agent throughout their home buying process. When I'm not scouting new properties, I'm generally with my favorite person, my partner Camille. Together we are goofy cute and treat each other with sweetness. You should see us y'all. *Camille is also a therapist, so if the process gets overwhelming or stressful, don't worry, we've got you. Others reasons to contact me:
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