Come sail away  //  Eagle Mountain Lake

Size: 8,738 acres  //   Drive time: 1 hour
Waterfront restrictions: None
Eagle_Mountain_1 Photo by Elizabeth Lavin

At Eagle Mountain, the Fort Worth Boat Club is where it’s at. The world-renowned sailing club was founded in 1929 by a group of local businessmen who wanted to sail. And so they did—and still do. Members, who have access to the club’s 10 J22s, regularly participate in the annual national and international regattas on Eagle Mountain.

Though the large majority of homeowners are permanent residents, about 20 percent are second homeowners. Sales at Eagle Mountain weren’t great from 2008 to 2010. Average days on market were up, average price per square foot was down, and overall sales were down. Although the midmarket ($400,000 to $800,000) is still slow, the higher end is doing quite well so far this year, says real estate agent Terri Christian. “It seems like the wealthy are really stepping up to the plate because they realize these prices are never going to be this low 
again, and they’re never going to be able to borrow money at this rate again,” she says.

The Fort Worth side of the lake is more expensive than the Azle side, where prices are lower and the commute is longer (there is no bridge across the lake). Prices generally range from $400,000 to $2.5 million. If you’d rather fish than sail, crappie and white bass are your most likely catches.