Benefits of Waterfront New Homes in Lake Alfred, Florida

Posted: November 4, 2022 | Categories: Communities | Communities>The Lakes
By Highland Homes

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If you’re looking for a new home in Lake Alfred, Florida, where you can enjoy a peaceful lifestyle away from hustle and bustle, access to recreation, and beautiful water views, we’ve got great news – Waterfront homes are now available at The Lakes!

Situated on the southwest side of Lake Haines, which is part of the famous Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, exclusive waterfront homes are available to build on Lake Haines, on the canal between Lake Haines and Lake Rochelle, or adjacent to ponds in the neighborhood, each providing backyard privacy and beautiful nature views.

Let’s break down some of the biggest benefits of living in a waterfront home at The Lakes!

Chain of Lakes Living

Paddleboarding on the Chain of Lakes

New homes in Phase 6 of The Lakes in Lake Alfred provide a rare opportunity to build a new construction home on the Chain of Lakes.

The famed Chain of Lakes is normally associated with the city of Winter Haven, but actually spans Winter Haven, Lake Alfred, and Lake Hamilton. The Chain of Lakes contains 24 canal-connected lakes, with 16 lakes in the southern Chain, and 8 lakes in the northern Chain including Lake Haines.

This amazing system of canal-connected lakes means you can spend countless hours on the water, traversing from lake to lake, and enjoying activities such as boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and fishing, as well as more athletic pursuits like water skiing, flyboarding, or wakeboarding. When you want to step ashore, stop for a bite or to sip a refreshing beverage at a waterfront restaurant, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

The Chain of Lakes isn't just a location - it's a lifestyle in Central Florida and you can enjoy this lakeside lifestyle all day, every day, in your waterfront home at The Lakes.

Beautiful Views in a Relaxing Setting

Sunrise over the lake

Imagine starting your morning by taking in a beautiful sunrise across Lake Haines. When you build your dream home on a lakefront site at The Lakes, a wetlands preservation area provides a natural barrier between the edge your property and the lake waters. As part of a Lake Haines shoreline preservation effort, the city of Lake Alfred is no longer allowing private docks on this side of the lake, which means your views will be uninterrupted! And, if you build your waterfront home on the canal, you'll enjoy not only water views but also views of a wooded preservation space owned by the City of Lake Alfred.

If you are passionate about privacy, peace, and quiet, living on the water provides another benefit – no backyard neighbors! And since homes at The Lakes are nestled off the end of Mackay Boulevard, on non-through neighborhood roads, you’ll appreciate minimal traffic noise.

Watersports and Recreation

Lake Rochelle public boat ramp
Lake Rochelle public boat ramp

When you’re ready to get on the water, the Lake Rochelle public boat ramp is just 0.7-miles away off US-17/S Lake Shore Way, and the Lake Haines boat launch is just 1.2 miles away. If you are looking to fish, paddleboard, or launch a canoe or kayak, you can do so even closer to home in Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve. This Lake Alfred public recreation area also offers hiking trails, a playground, and events such as guided tours, yoga, and astronomy nights – and, it’s located right across the street from your new neighborhood!

Trails at Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve
Trails at Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve

Speaking of things to do close to home…

A Convenient Location

One of the best parts of living at The Lakes in Lake Alfred is you’re close to everything from recreation (as we touched on above) to grocery stores and even Orlando theme parks!

We invite you to click the link above to get more detail but a few of the highlights you can enjoy close to your new home in Lake Alfred include:

  • Fireworks at the Walt Disney World ResortShopping and dining in Downtown Winter Haven, just 4.8 miles away
  • Grocery stores including Publix Super Market, Winn-Dixie, and local favorite Santiago’s Market, all within a 10-minute drive
  • LEGOLAND Florida, 10.6 miles from home
  • The Walt Disney World Resort, about 30 minutes away
  • The Amway Center in Downtown Orlando, about a 45 minute drive

Homes Affordable for Your Budget

new home in Lake Alfred FL at The Lakes

You may be thinking, man, I’d love to live on the lake but I just don’t think I can afford it. After all, homes on the Chain of Lakes average about $600,000 in price, based on current listings on Zillow and

Push that thought aside – Our new construction homes at The Lakes are priced from the $330’s to the mid $400’s on a standard (non-waterfront) homesite, with a waterfront homesite adding $6,000 to $70,000 to the price depending on pond, canal, or lake frontage.

Not only that, our lakefront, new construction homes are packed with value, from an included warranty to modern construction and beautiful design. Which brings us to the next point…

Homes Designed for Your Life


Inside and out, you’ll find homes at The Lakes offer the right amount of space. Starting outside, homesites here average 75-ft. in width and 0.21-acres in total size, which means you’ll enjoy some space between neighboring homes, yet not have too much yard to take care of.

Inside, these beautiful new homes offer 1,878 to 2,956 square feet of living space with three to five bedrooms, up to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and luxurious design features. And, your new home is completed by a two or three-car garage and a covered lanai providing desirable outdoor living space from which to enjoy your water views.

In addition, when you build your new home in Lake Alfred at The Lakes, you are in the driver’s seat – you select your homesite, you pick out your favorite home layout and plan options, then work with a professional designer at the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio to personalize your dream home. At the Studio, your personal designer will guide you through the wide selection of design options available to personalize your new home and help you select products that coordinate with each other as well as suit your style and needs.

Build Your Lakefront New Home in Lake Alfred

Shelby gathering room

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to build your dream home on the Chain of Lakes, on the canal, or on ponds and open space within this lakefront neighborhood. No matter which homesite you choose, you’ll appreciate the amazing benefits of this great location, away from hustle and bustle, yet close to everything you need.

The model center at The Lakes, located at 405 Galloway Street in Lake Alfred, is open daily. For the best selection of homesites and to learn more about building your dream home in the serenity of The Lakes, call or email our Lake Alfred New Home Specialists today.

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