Charmed Living in Winter Haven, Florida

Posted: July 30, 2020 | Categories: Communities | Communities>VillaMar
By Highland Homes

Updated July 18, 2022

Sunset on the Chain of Lakes

If you enjoy having access to big city attractions, amenities, and employment opportunities, but don’t love big city living, then Winter Haven, Florida is the place for you! From this mid-sized Central Florida city, you can be in either Orlando or Tampa within an hour and Lakeland in less than 30 minutes. Plus, Winter Haven itself boasts an abundance of attractions and activities with its historic downtown filled with shopping, dining, and breweries, outdoor recreation with lakes, nature trails, and parks, and days of play at LEGOLAND Florida!

If this checks the boxes on your list of considerations for your next home, you will love to hear that new homes in Winter Haven are affordable, too, with median pricing coming in about 10% cheaper than nearby Lakeland and 40% cheaper than Tampa!

Add in the beautiful lakefront setting and resort-style amenities in communities such as VillaMar in southeast Winter Haven, and it's easy to see how living in Winter Haven provides a charming lifestyle with an ideal combination of a smaller hometown and access to everything from nearby cities and attractions to local shops and daily conveniences.

Conveniently Close to It All

New homes in Winter Haven, FL at VillaMar are just three miles from Cypress Gardens Blvd., 4.5 miles from US-27, and 6.4 miles from US-17. This places you within minutes of your daily conveniences and an array of in-town activities, and positioned for easy travel to nearby cities! You are just 17 miles from Lakeland, and both downtown Orlando and the cruise ports of Tampa are about 50 miles away, meaning you’re always close to a new adventure when you call Winter Haven home

Crystal Lake (Plus 54 More Lakes in Winter Haven)

Lakefront homes at VillaMar

Winter Haven is known for its outdoor recreation and in particular water activities, with 55 lakes in the city!

VillaMar is situated on the shores of Crystal Lake, a freshwater lake approximately 35 acres in size, providing peaceful lake views and stunning sunrises over the lake waters. While there isn't public access onto this lake, Winter Haven's famed Chain of Lakes hosts 12 public boat ramps from which you can travel between 24 canal-connected lakes, and go all the way from one side of Winter Haven to the other without leaving your boat! Imagine spending your days jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, and fishing - oh yeah, and don't forget waterside dining!

Waterside dining in Winter Haven
Photo courtesy of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce


Dining and Date Nights

Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens
By Sandhill Gopher - Own work
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When you've worked up an appetite, check out some of Winter Haven's waterfront restaurants such as Harborside, Tanner's Lakeside, The Twisted Prop, and Harry's Old Place - at some, you can even dock your boat and step right from a day on the water to a lakeside table!

Or, have a date night downtown at the Union Taproom, Grove Roots Brewing Co., or a romantic restaurant such as Arabellas. While the city of Winter Haven retains its small-town flair, its cultural and entertainment offerings continue to grow and Downtown Winter Haven, about 8-miles away, is home to many unique boutiques, restaurants, and events. Whether you want to pick up produce at the weekly farmer's market or take in a show put on by Theatre Winter Haven, there is always something going on Downtown.

If you’re interested in a romanitc stroll while appreciating nature's beauty, Bok Tower Gardens in nearby Lake Wales offers tranquil strolls through 50-acres of meandering gardens along with a famed neo-Gothic Singing Tower, daily carillon concerts, and plenty of scenic spots for a picnic.

Central Florida Attractions and Recreation


Of course, one of the biggest draws to living in Central Florida is theme park attractions! Tourists travel here from all over the world, and when you like in Winter Haven, you get to enjoy world-class attractions right in your own backyard!

The nearest attraction to your new home in Winter Haven, FL, is LEGOLAND Florida - In fact, this Central Florida destination for kid-centric rides, shows, and attractions is a mere 4.5-miles from home! But don’t worry - Your new home is nicely tucked away from all the theme park excitement!

When you feel like spending the day with your favorite Disney characters (or enjoying the thrilling rides, fantastical festivals, and amazing shows), Walt Disney World is just 35 miles away - and since Florida residents get discounted park passes, you'll find yourself experiencing the magic again and again!

Additional Orlando theme parks such as Universal Orlando are about 45 miles from VillaMar, as is the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.

Central Florida is also known for its world-class golf, and living in Winter Haven serves this up, too. According to GolfLink, there are 9 golf courses in Winter Haven with another 40 located within 20 miles. Lake Ashton Golf Club is one of the top-rated courses in Winter Haven - and, it's just 2.4 miles away from your new home at VillaMar.

Daily Conveniences

Having so many things to do is an amazing benefit of living in Winter Haven, and you'll be reassured to know your grocery and daily conveniences are close to home, too. Your local Publix Super Market at Winter Haven Square is just four miles away, the Walmart Supercenter about six miles from home, and Eagle Ridge Mall a mere five-mile drive.


Ease of access to medical facilities and educational resources is always important, so you’ll be glad to know Bond Clinic, P.A.’s East Campus is four miles away, while the Main Campus, founded in 1948, is in the heart of Downtown Winter Haven. BayCare Health, Tampa Bay’s major health care system, has several locations throughout Winter Haven including a walk-in clinic just minutes from VillaMar. And, Winter Haven Hospital and surrounding healthcare facilities are about 7.5 miles from home.


When it comes to education, children living at VillaMar are zoned to attend Chain of Lakes Elementary (PreK-5), an A-rated school and one of the 2019 Five Star Schools in the Tampa Bay area, McLaughlin Middle (6-8), and Lake Region High School (9-12). There are several nearby charter school options, including Compass Middle, Cypress Junction Montessori, and the Jewett School of the Arts (PreK-8). When higher education comes calling, Polk State College has a location in Winter Haven, and Florida Polytechnic University and Southeastern University are each about 35 minutes away.

Lakefront New Homes in Winter Haven

Amenities at VillaMar in Winter Haven

With Crystal Lake right next door, living at VillMar means enjoying lakeside living with beautiful natural views. The VillaMar amenity center is situated on the lakeshore so you can enjoy beautiful natural views while relaxing poolside, taking a dip in the zero-entry pool, or watching your kiddos play on the community playground.

A limited number of lakefront homes are built at VillaMar and additional homes are available situated on ponds, wetlands, and open space in the neighborhood, providing backyard privacy and peaceful views.

Inside, the homes are equally as impressive as their surroundings! In Phase 4 of VillaMar, one and two-story homes offer you 1,538 to 2,809 square feet of living space with features designed for your life such as an open living area, a private owner’s suite, and flexible-use rooms which can grow and change as your needs do. Homeowner's favorites at VillaMar include the four-bedroom Shelby and Parker, along with the Serendipity which boasts three bedrooms plus a versatile den and is available to tour as our beautiful model home.

Amazing location. Lakefront setting. Beautiful homes. You may be asking, what does this all cost? Winter Haven new homes at VillaMar start from the high $200's, with quick move-in homes under construction and available now! To schedule your VIP tour and discover everything there is to love about living in your Winter Haven dream home at VillaMar, call or email our Florida New Home Specialists today!

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