Lakefront homes for sale in Florida provide a great option for those not interested in living along the coastline. Lakefront homes still provide you with waterfront views, waterfront activities and overall the waterfront lifestyle is more relaxing and less worrisome. If you live in a lakefront home in the areas we recommend you will likely never experience the high winds that you may see along the coastal areas.
Where are the best places to look for these homes? If you landed here you likely live outside the state and are wondering where is the best place to shop for homes for sale. In Florida we feel that there are three clear winners for three distinct reasons. We shall describe those reasons and places from the third place winner, to the second place and ultimately the overall best area.
The residents in Winter Haven FL are actually glad that this city is not very well known. Funny how Lakeland was named Lakeland and Winter Haven got it's name. Lakeland actually has way less lakes than Winter Haven Florida. However Lakeland was settled from Lake Hollingsworth and Winter Haven just happens to be just that for many affluent northerners. Winter Haven FL is famous for believe it or not, waterskiing.
Recently more and more people have learned about the Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven. Actually there are two distinct chains and the only thing better than a large lake is several connected together by channels for you to take your boat through. Especially if you can take your boat to Harborside where you can eat a fine meal for an affordable price.
Winter Haven FL offers a lot of shoreline and nearly 75 lakes in or around the city. That means plenty of space for beautiful homes and affordable ones as well. Not long ago you could get a really nice one for under a million dollars. In Auburndale, Lake Alfred and a few other bordering cities you actually still can. For overall value, the attractions this city has and the gorgeous lakes lakefront homes for sale in Winter Haven FL get the third highest ranking in Florida.
Horizons West is currently the hottest place to move in Central Florida. Horizons West is a large area located west of Orlando Florida and Walt Disney World. the secret is out, trust me on that as we sell a lot of homes there. In the previous year prices have skyrocketed and the area has just begun to develop. Why does that matter to us? There are some gorgeous lakes in the area and trust me their shorelines are lined with some stunning homes.
Waterleigh is a community somewhat left behind in pricing. Lake Hickorynut is the main lake there and you can still get homes for sale on Lake Hickorynut and the nearby smaller lakes for under $800,000. These homes were built by DR Horton and are from the Emerald Series of homes. You will recognize the Emerald Series by the tile roofs and automatically included upgrades. The day will soon come when these homes will all cost over a million dollars. Oh, yes they cut your grass, take care of your landscaping and sprinklers through the HOA of just over $200 per month.
Other incredible but more expensive lakes to live on are Johns Lake and Lake Hancock. Both of these lakes have incredible homes which you can pay from just over a million dollars for or pay several million for. Do not expect those prices to go down as no new lakes will be built.
The surrounding area around the lakes in Horizons West include new restaurants, a cinema, plenty of service providers and shopping. If you are a commuter then the local turnpike is readily available as it goes right through the middle. Walt Disney World is under 10 miles away from anywhere in Horizons West or the Hamlin town center.
Actually this is two areas that share the same lakes. Those areas are Windermere and Doctor Phillips. The 34786, 32836 and 32819 zip codes wrap around what is called the Butler Chain of Lakes and many other smaller lakes. This area is for the more affluent and a lakefront home for sale can cost in the tens of millions. The largest of the homes is a copy of the Versailles Mansion and is on Lake Butler. Someday this home may sell for a hundred million. Nearby communities include Isleworth, Keenes Point, Bay Hill and Vizcaya. There are many others less well known which also contain stunning homes for sale. Secret enclaves such as Millionaires Row and Chaine Du Lac have lakefront homes which a helicopter pad would look at home.
Windermere is named after the deepest lake in the United Kingdom. Funny but the deepest lake on the Butler Chain is under 30 feet deep. The Butler Chain of lakes consists of 13 (some say 11) lakes which you can navigate to and from without leaving your boat or watercraft. Lake Tibet is the largest and can actually get a little rough in a storm. Lake Butler and Lake Down are the general favorites and are lined with the most expensive homes. For those without boats you can actually rent them. RD Keene Park in Windermere has a fantastic boat ramp and you can rent a bot and pick up and drop off there.
Doctor Phillips is part of Orlando. Dr. Phillips is on the eastern shore of Lake Tibet and western side of Universal Studios. Just a few miles to the south is of course Walt Disney World. Another great lake there is Big Sand Lake and it too is lined with attractive homes in communities like Vizcaya. Big Sand Lake and Dr. Phillips have the edge over Horizons West because of the Dr. Phillips Community Park and the Orange County Sportsman Club which are both great places for residents to use for lakefront activities. Below are the lakefront homes in Horizons West, Windermere and Dr. Phillips. To see the homes in Winter Haven Click the associated link above. Thank you for reading about the lakefront homes for sale in Florida.