LegolandWinter Haven is a city on the grow! Once known for growing citrus, what’s growing now in this Central Florida city is the local economy. Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of the popular LEGOLAND Florida Resort and second largest attractions operator worldwide, recently announced that it is expanding its presence in Central Florida and making Polk County home to Merlin Entertainments’ North American Operations and global support, with the addition of two new support locations—one in Winter Haven and one in nearby Lake Wales. The announcement is just one of the many new developments in Winter Haven, an area which has seen substantial growth in recent years.

Six/Ten, LLC, a customer care center in the heart of downtown Winter Haven, will be the location of one of Merlin Entertainments support centers and a Lake Wales property will be the home for Merlin Magic Making, the creative arm of the company that develops exciting attractions and hotels, such as LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

According to Adrian Jones, the general manager at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, one of the reasons why Merlin Entertainments chose Central Florida as the site for its new support locations is the outpouring of community support that the company has received since opening the LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The welcoming environment, coupled with downtown Winter Haven’s quality office space, delicious dining options and parking availability are just some of the reasons why businesses choose to expand to the area.

Initially, each new Merlin Entertainments office is expected to bring 50 full time jobs, with additional growth planned for the future. Merlin/LEGOLAND has already expanded multiple times since opening the resort in 2011, most recently opening the LEGOLAND Hotel which encourages theme park visitors to not just come for the day, but stay in Winter Haven and patronize local businesses.

The job prospects and strong sense of community are part of what makes Winter Haven a great place to live. At Highland Homes, we build Winter Haven new homes in several communities in the area including one of our newest communities, Lake McLeod Pointe II.

Nestled in Eagle Lake, Florida, on the southwestern outskirts of Winter Haven, Lake McLeod Pointe II offers a serene country-like setting of spacious new homes near the shores of Lake McLeod. Shopping, medical centers and recreation opportunities are within minutes, as well as LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin’s new operations center. The community is located only a mile from Highway 17 for an easy drive to surrounding areas, and the neighborhood provides the best of a laid-back lifestyle with access to conveniences.

In addition to the excellent location, spacious new homes are affordably priced from the $170,000s with three to five bedrooms and 1,841 to 3,315 square feet of living space. Choose from more than ten home plans offering desirable features such as open layouts, luxury bathrooms, spacious kitchens and covered lanais. Plus, with home sites offering 1/4 to more than 1/3-acre, homeowners will love the private, peaceful setting that these homes boast. Only 16 exclusive home sites are available, so you must act fast to take advantage of this amazing community and lifestyle.

In addition to the new homes at Lake McLeod Pointe II, we have homes in east Winter Haven at Country Club Estates, southeastern Winter Haven at Crescent View, and one final opportunity at Mandolin, a gated community of new homes in southeastern Winter Haven.

From its booming economy and exciting entertainment destinations to its beautiful new homes and affordable real estate, Winter Haven has a lot to offer home owners and is a popular city in which to live, work and play. To learn more about any of these neighborhoods and to find new homes in Winter Haven, visit the Highland Homes website or call our new home specialists at 863-797-4999.