Lakefront Master-Planned and Gated Communities

Can you imagine never having to make a trip to spend the day at the lake because you live near one? It’s a dream that is easily attainable with lake communities.

Why Lake Living?

Offering both the tranquility and the adventure of being by the water, it’s easy to see the appeal of lakeside living. It’s the perfect destination for those seeking access to year-round water activities, acres of natural beauty brimming with wildlife, and a tight-knit community where neighbors instantly become friends.

Finding the Best Lake Community

Truth be told, there are plenty of great lake destinations all over the country. It’s up to you to decide which one is perfect for your plans. But before you run off to the nearest lake, pause and consider exactly where it is you want your new lake life to be. Think about your needs and priorities. Do you want to be near the city, or do you envision a more remote setting? Do you see yourself nestled in the mountains with access to a lake? Or in a lakefront retirement community at a lower altitude? These questions can help you narrow down your ideal location and guide you to the best lakes to live on.

If you’re a sun-seeker, lake communities in the south would be ideal for you. Obvious hot spots like Florida already draw people in with sunshine and warm temperatures year-round, and their impeccably designed lake communities make the Sunshine State even more desirable for retirement or relocation. Other southern states like North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia offer up idyllic lake settings, some mixed with the serenity and remoteness of the mountains. Tennessee and Arkansas can also be deemed as some of the best places to retire on the lake. Looking for something further west? Venture to Washington, Colorado, or California. Wherever you land, boating, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor activities will always be waiting right outside your front door.

Venture Out

With so many options around the country, finding a lake community can be overwhelming. But if you can pinpoint your major must-haves, compiling a list of potential lake destinations will be easy. Aside from lakeside activities, consider other amenities you may want. Avid golfers may want their lake community to also be a golf community, with an award-winning course amid gorgeous views. Other amenities may include tax-friendliness, proximity to cities for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Or you may be searching for a 55+ community with lakeside benefits.

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Encore at Viridian | 55+ New Homes near Dallas TX

Encore at Viridian

Arlington, TX

Encore by David Weekley Homes will soon offer a new 55+ lifestyle community in Arlington. You will shortly be able to enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans. Elements at Viridian – Signature Series homes are situated on 45 and 50 foot homesites and will feature expanded Outdoor Living Areas for entertaining. Here, you can soon enjoy the home of your dreams, plus the lifestyle you’ve been looking for, including:
• Calendar full of activities planned by a Lifestyle Director
• Staying in prime shape on the miles of walking, hiking and biking trails
• Relaxing in the resort-style pools
• Gathering with friends at the amenity center’s lounge
• Fishing in the catch-and-release lakes
• Enjoying a friendly game on the putting greens, shuffleboard, bocce ball and tennis courts

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Lakefront Homesites Doublespring AL | Shoreside at Sipsey | Alabama

Shoreside at Sipsey

Double Springs, AL
Lakefront and Lake Access Homesites from $49.9K

NEW Lakefront Homesite on Lewis-Smith lake! Bring your RV!

Looking to get out of the city and away from it all, but don’t want to drive hours to do it? This beautifully wooded WATERFRONT homesite boasts over 270 feet of dockable waterfrontage on pristine Lewis Smith Lake and adjacent to Bankhead National Forest. Water and Electric included! Soils test completed. Certified Survey. Gentle slope down to your dock. These lots are sold on a first come first served basis by appointment only. The COVID pandemic has created a huge demand for property like this at this price!

We acquired one of the most spectacular and level pieces of land on Lewis Smith Lake. We invite you to visit and get 1st pick of the land and save big! Up to 30% from our spring grand opening. We’d like some late season sales to get us though until spring. So you will save A LOT. Come get away from it all and the clean crisp air of Lewis-Smith lake!

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Georgia Gated Communities | Waterways Township | Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways

Richmond Hill, GA
Homes: $300K - $900K+ Townhomes: mid 200s Lots: $90K - $300K

One of the best places to live in Georgia.

Nestled amid ancient moss-draped oak hammocks, winding freshwater lagoons and the salt marshes of coastal Georgia’s low country, Waterways is a private gated community with distinctive homes and modern amenities, just 30 minutes south of historic Savannah in Richmond Hill, Georgia. This surprising low country community offers luxury homes surrounded by a protected natural landscape. Starting with homesites from the 90s and townhomes from the mid-200s, homes in the mid-300s, and at Waterways encourage an elegantly relaxed lifestyle.

This is ideal living.

Just outside of Savannah, on the Georgia coast, there’s a master planned community that’s rooted in nature and built with modern amenities. Here, water’s influence is the center of the lifestyle, and health and wellness are valued along with days of adventure and exploration.Here, your family can escape from the noise of the world in a place where spontaneous get-togethers, outdoor activities, and the influence of water create a new rhythm of life.

The Waterways Marina Is Now Open….

Located along Redbird Waterway, the Marina features direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Great Ogeechee River, and the Atlantic Ocean. Featuring dry slip storage, a ship store, and fueling and launching facilities, Waterways residents will have all they need for endless adventure. The center of our waterfront lifestyle is found at the Marina Village, with stunning views of golden marshes, dry slip storage spaces, along with fresh water boat slips for residents. Green spaces and events lawns will complement a curated collection of quaint retail shops and casual dining. Accessible from every corner of the community via Harbor View Drive, a road with spectacular views of glistening waters, Marina Village is sure to become the heartbeat of Waterways. Choosing the perfect place for your next adventure is about so much more than finding a home. Get a feel for the Waterways lifestyle with a Discover Waterways Visit, an immersive three day, two-night getaway. Schedule Your Visit Today!

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River Dunes

Oriental, NC
Homes: $225K - $1.1M Lots: $90K - $585K

River Dunes is an award-winning coastal retreat on the coast of North Carolina. You’ll find big water, big views, and big adventure here. River Dunes offers the best in coastal living and year-round boating, set in an unparalleled location with fourteen miles of shoreline on the big waters of the Pamlico Sound, Intracoastal Waterway and Neuse River. The award-winning master plan embraces gathering spaces, spectacular water views, and outdoor living. Traditional coastal architecture and a bustling Harbor Village draw upon the rich heritage of life on the coast. River Dunes is a place for enjoying the back porch with neighbors, the peace of an early-morning kayaking trip and fellowship on the docks in the afternoon. Enjoy luxurious guest accommodations, live music at the Pavilion and dining with friends.

The 400 slip Marina features floating docks, fuel, dockage and deep water access for boats up to 150′. The Harbor Village in the heart of the community offers dining, shopping, provisions, fitness, tennis courts, a day spa, accommodations, bikes, kayaks, trails and the new Design Center. The Harbor Club has a spectacular clubhouse with waterfront dining, pool, and hot tubs.

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Grandview at Gateway

Jasper, GA
Homes in the 200K-400K

At Grandview at Gateway, North Georgia’s Premier Active Adult Community, we aren’t just building homes, we are also creating lifestyles. It’s not just about the homes, facilities, and amenities. It’s about adding value to our homeowners. The full focus of Grandview is to create an environment not only to promote social interaction but also encourage physical activity, mental stimulation and just plain fun. Grandview at Gateway is located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the first mountain city of Jasper, GA. Our amenities include: Clubhouse, Resort Style Pool with Lap Lanes, Fitness Center, Pickleball Courts, Yoga, Games, Arts & Crafts, and Card Room, Firepit, Cabanas, Dog Park, Community Garden, Hiking Trails, Interest-Based Clubs and Social Groups, Demonstration Kitchen, Library, Community Lake. A low monthly HOA includes the amenities along with weekly lawn maintenance, cable/phone/internet, and trash. Come out and join us on July 11 & 12 for our Early Bird Lot Reservations!

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Wellen Park Florida

Wellen Park

Venice, FL
Priced from $200K-$600K +

Discover the Fun of Living Well
At Wellen Park, begin each day with a smile, surrounded by everything you need to be your best and happiest self. Thriving connections. Friendly neighborhoods. A downtown with shops, restaurants, and sunsets galore. Hundreds of ways to brighten your days, enlivened by the natural wonderland of Florida’s always amazing West Coast.

There’s something wonderful happening here. A place that’s all about fun and good vibes. A feeling that you’re part of a vibrant community – one that is always changing, and forever familiar.

Imagine your best day ever… every day.

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Keowee Key | South Carolina Lake Community | Retire to SC

Keowee Key

Salem, SC
Homes, Townhomes, Condos: $100K - $1M

Looking for the perfect lifestyle community for retirement or to raise your family? Keowee Key has more of what you love. Golf, tennis, fitness center, swimming, boating and pickleball are just a few of the amenities this active, gated, lakeside community offers.

Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Salem, SC, and surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Keowee, Keowee Key is a 1,600-acre community carved out of a forest of hardwood and pines. You’ll find a wide variety of home styles and price points available in a natural setting with mild seasons and an abundance of local adventure.

All homes in Keowee Key are custom-built, including lakefront, mountain or golf-course views. For a maintenance-free lifestyle, you’ll find ample condominiums, town homes and cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use one of 5 community docks with 324 boat slips, pontoon and kayak rentals, and a supply store.

The challenging 18-hole, par 72 George Cobb Golf Course, features four tee boxes to match all skill levels. A clubhouse with award-winning chef, lakeside leisure trail, three swimming pools, and a dog park, contribute to Keowee Key’s country club lifestyle.

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55+ Community Wilmington NC | Master Planned | Del Webb Wilmington

Del Webb Wilmington

Wilmington, NC
Ranch homes starting from the upper $200K

Del Webb Wilmington, in the master-planned Riverlights community, features resort style amenities for active adults 55 and greater. Residents will enjoy an indoor and outdoor pool, walking trails, tennis and pickleball courts, and social clubs. All homes are ranch style with flexible, open concept inspired designs in a low maintenance living environment.

There are 3 collections of home series with bedroom ranges of 2 to 5, bathroom ranges of 2 to 4 and square footages of 1,262 to 2,565 and up. Homes are priced from the upper $200Ks plus with many options to customize and personalize your home.

Riverlights is a large community where residents can enjoy everything at their fingertips. Take a golf cart ride to Marina Village, a retailer hub onsite or Smoke on the Water, a restaurant with live music. Riverlights is on the Cape Fear River with 38 acres to kayak, paddleboard or canoe. There are miles of trails and an abundance of amenities and planned resident activities. Del Webb Wilmington features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, dog park, lifestyle director and clubhouse with a fitness center.

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Realtors in the Florida Area | Live Sarasota | Team Rothschild

Live Sarasota

Lakewood Ranch, FL

Meet Team Rothschild – Irv Rothschild, Leslie Rothschild and Hal Dearing.
We are your full service real estate connection to the Gulf Coast – Tampa, St.Pete, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Venice Florida.
We can show you Multiple communities, Multiple locations, and Multiple builders.

As Buyers’ agents, with 30+ combined years of local knowledge and experience- we are your advocate as well as your advisor, with NO COST TO YOU.

We will help you find the best community that satisfies your wants and needs and price range.
From Resort Style Del Webbs, to boating communities, bundled golf communities, and condo communities.

From Gulf to Golf we’ve got you covered!

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Amblebrook Gettysburg

Gettysburg, PA
Single Family and Villa Homes from $300K

Amblebrook Gettysburg is a resort-style community for those 55 and better. Much more than a community, it’s where small town America meets modern culture. It’s a way of life that incorporates the full spectrum of your well-being, including health and fitness, lifelong learning, social engagement, arts & culture, family connections, and nature’s goodness. Every aspect is interlaced to create an experience where lifestyle has new meaning and people make all the difference. As you approach your next adventure, Amblebrook is a place to imagine more. Discover what’s next in a resort-style environment where local harvests nurture, new possibilities flourish, and well-being thrives.

Amblebrook

Amenities At A Glance:
Grand Ballroom
PreAmble Lounge & Bar
AmbleVin Wine Tasting Room & Wine Lockers
Creek Farm Demonstration Kitchen
Solarium Card Room
Art Studio
Media Center
Game Room (Billiards & Shuffleboard)
Learning Center
On-site Concierge
Parlor

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Homes Lookout Mountain TN near GA | The Cottages Brow Wood

The Cottages at Brow Wood

Lookout Mountain, TN
New one level, maintenance-free homes from the upper $200K

Located on the TN/GA Line in Lookout Mountain, GA. Retreat to Home at The Cottages at Brow Wood while immersing in breathtaking mountain views, indulging in the local southern hospitality, and embracing the city’s historic culture. Offering the comfort and convenience of a low maintenance lifestyle, The Cottages of Brow Wood allow you to explore and enjoy the whimsical sights of Lookout Mountain. Just a short 20-minute drive from Chattanooga, every courtyard cottage includes low maintenance living equipped with energy efficient features to help lower your energy bills. Each one level living home features a minimum of 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with the flexibility to expand to the second level: adding a bonus room or third bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in storage. These open concept plans are perfect for entertaining guests and creating an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy your morning coffee from your gated-private courtyard and watch the sunset from your sunroom or backyard patio. Each floorplan has the creative flexibility to use the sunroom space as an office, sitting room, library – whatever you choose!

Just a few miles away, enjoy golf and swimming at the Lookout Mountain Club; walk or hike Lula Lake’s 8,000-acre Land Trust & Trails; and relish in the local shopping & dining along Scenic Highway. Nearby Rock City offers spectacular sights with unique rock formations and gardens that are open to the public year-round. Additionally, Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s top-rated attractions include Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, the Downtown Riverwalk, The Tennessee Aquarium, and the Incline Railroad; all of which help to encapsulate the natural beauty of the area. To learn more about this community or to set up your personalized appointment, please contact our Online Consultants at 423-226-3223 or goodallhomes.com/brow-wood.

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55+ Homes Port St. Lucie FL | Telaro at Tradition | Active Adult

Telaro at Tradition

Port St. Lucie, FL
Single family homes and villas from $200K

Coming Fall 2021, Telaro at Tradition is Mattamy Homes’ debut 55+ Active Adult neighborhood in the extraordinary master-planned community of Tradition. This highly anticipated enclave of 400+ homesites will feature elegant and contemporary villas and single family homes ranging from 1,370 sq. ft. to 2,800 sq. ft.. The exclusive Telaro lifestyle will include an abundant amenity offering, planned social spaces, lifestyle programming, and convenient access to all that the sprawling community of Tradition has to offer. Sign up to become a Community Insider and receive important updates as they become available.

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Hot Springs Village, AR
Homes, Townhomes: $48K - $1.8M Lots: $2.5K - $250K

If you are looking for a place filled with arts, culture, dining and entertainment – where you can golf, boat, hike and play all day – look no further than Hot Springs Village. We have 30 miles of trails, 12 lakes, 9 golf courses, three beaches and numerous club sports.

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Member Testimonial

We have some of the best residents here in Hot Springs Village! Lynda loves how quiet, safe and friendly the Village is.

Posted by Hot Springs Village Facebook on Monday, March 12, 2018

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Active Adult Retirement Grantham NH | Eastman Community Association

Eastman Community Association

Grantham, NH
Homes, Condos: $135K - $1.5M Lots: $5K - $89K

Eastman Community Association – Four Seasons Paradise

The Eastman Community Association in Grantham, NH is an ideal active-adult and retirement destination. It’s also the perfect place to raise a family. Eastman is a sustainable, intergenerational community in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire.

Ultimately, Eastman is a nature-lover’s haven. Tucked away in the pristine woodlands of New Hampshire’s Upper Connecticut River Valley, the Eastman Community Association encourages an active and connected lifestyle. Residents move to the rhythm of four distinct seasons. And, outdoor adventure is a central theme.

Just Add Amenities

Eastman is centrally located, but just remote enough. It’s conveniently two hours north of Boston and three hours from Hartford. And, Lake Sunapee, New London, and Lebanon are just minutes away. As a result, residents have ample access to urban amenities. Cultural venues, medical facilities, as well as educational opportunities are all within reach.

New Hampshire’s Grantham Mountain offers a picturesque backdrop to Eastman’s 345-acre lake, and ample hiking trails. So, be sure to pack your boots!

Looking for more? Try 37 miles of cross country trails starting at the Eastman Cross Country Center. In summer, head to one of six beaches, kayak and canoe launches, or to the pool and fitness center year round. Eastman also boasts an 18-hole golf course, har-tru tennis courts and an award-winning restaurant as well.

Condos are available from $125,000 to $270,000. Eastman’s single-family homes range from $130,000 to $1.5 million. (Prices are subject to change.)

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Horizon Homes of Wilmington LLC

Wilmington, NC
Homes starting in Mid $300k and Lots starting at $35K.

Horizon Homes of Wilmington is a family-owned custom home builder in Southeastern North Carolina. Every Horizon home starts with your “wish list”. Robin Hackney, a Green Certified Professional with the National Association of Home Builders, designs every home with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind. Providing quality, energy efficient, custom homes designed around the individual wants and needs of their customers is what sets Horizon Homes apart. Send your “wish list” directly to Robin at BuyHorizonNewHomes.com and begin your dream home journey today!

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Homes in Lake Lure NC | Rumbling Bald | Mountain Community

Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure

Lake Lure, NC
Homes from $250K. Condos from $75K. Homesites from $10K.

Welcome to Rumbling Bald, Lake Lure’s idyllic retreat for outdoor exploration and relaxation. Our home here in the mountains is built for tranquility and adventure for every age. The natural gifts surrounding us are our greatest asset, offering a canvas to create memories, unwind, and reconnect. Whether you’re most at home wandering the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, floating or fishing the serene waters of Lake Lure, or challenging yourself on one of our championship golf courses, unlock the charms of the North Carolina mountains here.

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Riverlights

Wilmington, NC
Homes, Townhomes: $200K - $600K

Riverlights is the coastal community where salty air meets southern hospitality. We like to say it feels something like wiggling your toes in the sand with a sangria in hand. Our perfect location makes all the difference – along the Cape Fear River and just five miles from historic Wilmington, rated the most charming beach town on
the East Coast with award-winning restaurants and shops.

When you live in Riverlights, your days radiate with the positive energy that happens when you live on the water in the Carolina sunshine. Eat up as the sun goes down at our waterfront restaurant. Venture through the art gallery and local shops at our Marina Village. Kayak on still waters for a sun-soaked day on the river. Walk and bike our trails. Join new friends for sunrise paintings on the boardwalk, front porch happy hours or book clubs that give back to local charities. This all sounds good to us. Hopefully, it sounds good to you.

Our array of single-family homes, luxury townhomes and apartments, low- maintenance homes, and Del Webb 55+ neighborhood means something for everyone. So, schedule your personal tour with our community specialists, Jared and Baylee, or start your virtual tour here.

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Lakefront Homes McCormick SC | Savannah Lakes Village Community

Savannah Lakes Village

McCormick, SC
Homes: $200s to $900K plus, Lots from $20K - $300K

Savannah Lakes Village is on the 71,000-acre freshwater Lake Thurmond in McCormick, South Carolina with 1,200 miles of shoreline. The community boasts two championship lakefront golf courses with restaurants and pro shops, fiber-optic Internet to each homesite, a 23,000 square foot recreation center with 6 lighted tennis courts (4 HarTru and 2 hard surface), pickleball, bowling alley, indoor & outdoor pools, sauna, fitness room, private card rooms, library, 50+ social clubs, yoga studio, Rod & Gun Club, and so much more. This is active retirement in its truest form…

We are a short 45-minute drive to Augusta and a 2-hour drive from Atlanta. The community abuts three state parks and offers 100+ miles of hiking and biking trails. Our new Lakefront Condo project offers amazing views of the lake with luxurious finishings and direct access to a full-service marina and sandy beach. Boat slips are offered to all homeowners regardless of location. Come stay and play at Savannah Lakes Village for only $199 for 2 nights!

New homes from the low $200s. Pre-construction pricing on lakefront condos starting at $270,000. Visit SavannahLakesVillage.com or call 864-391-5259 to book your tour!

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Solivita – Taylor Morrison

Kissimmee, FL
Single-Family homesites and quick move-in homes from the low $200K - $300K

“Solivita” combines “sun” and “life”, the perfect name for this gated 55+ community in Kissimmee, Florida. The incomparable Solivita offers an exciting and unique active lifestyle filled with amenities, events and beautifully designed single-family residences, and is well-located with easy access to the many allures of Central Florida. Choose from a variety of open-concept floor plans to build your new home or browse the available quick move-in homes. Solivita offers single-family homes ranging in size from 1,364 – 2,929 square feet. Visit the Solivita Welcome Center, open 7 days per week, to tour the model homes and learn more about 55+ Living in Florida.

The highly praised golf-cart friendly community in Kissimmee, Florida has received an impressive variety of awards. Honors include a designation as one of America’s Best Master-Planned Communities for active adults by Where to Retire Magazine and has earned more than 70 design and community planning, environmental sustainability and other awards.

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Natural Oceanfront Community near Charelston SC | Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island, SC
Homes and lots $100K - $2M+

A private, welcoming oceanfront community just miles from historic Charleston, SC, Seabrook Island offers a vibrant lifestyle with endless amenities among the 2,200 acres of natural environment, including four miles of unspoiled beaches. Designated a Certified Sustainable Community by Audubon Intnl. 36 holes of championship golf on two Audubon-certified courses, ranked among “Best You Can Play” in SC, offer uncrowded playing conditions. Crooked Oaks (by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.) winds through marsh and century-old live oaks. Ocean Winds (by Willard Byrd, renovated by Rees Jones, Inc) takes you to the Atlantic Ocean.

The 2021 PGA Championship was held on nearby Kiawah Island. The renovated Beach Club boasts a cafe, beach store, pools, and oceanfront dining. A full-service, 22-acre Equestrian Center features trail and beach rides. The Racquet Club sports 15 Har-Tru tennis courts, 2 pickleball courts, and pro shop. The Lakehouse has indoor/outdoor pools, fitness and more. The Clubhouse with ocean/golf views has renovated dining spaces and new golf veranda with fire pits. Idyllic settings for special events and weddings. Nearby marina and shopping center.

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Plan your visit to a lakefront community

Finding the perfect place to call home has never been more important, and we’re here to help. Take a look at the lake communities below and note the ones that stand out to you. Once you’ve chosen a few, make plans to book a discovery tour to take a closer look at those areas. It’s the best way to really know if a community is the perfect fit for you. After that, your only other step is to soak up the luxury of living by the lake.

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