Close to it All Living in Lake Alfred, FL

Posted: October 6, 2020 | Categories: Communities | Communities>The Lakes
By Highland Homes

Updated June 29, 2021

Aerial view of The Lakes, new homes in Lake Alfred adjacent to Lake Haines

Charming and contemporary are just a couple of words that help describe the city of Lake Alfred, Florida. A laid-back, small city of 5,900+ residents, Lake Alfred provides a more affordable cost of living than many surrounding areas and puts you in a location where you can connect with nature, yet provides easy accessibility to the nearby major cities of Orlando and Tampa. 

Tucked between Lake Haines and Lake Rochelle you’ll find The Lakes, a lakeside neighborhood of new homes for sale in Lake Alfred, FL waiting for you to call it home! The Lakes is located one mile from US-17, three miles from US-92, and eight miles from I-4, in essence nestling your new home in a sweet spot of connectivity. Within the community, you'll appreciate views of Lake Haines, nature-inspired open space and ponds, and large home sites which provide privacy between neighbors.

Beautifully constructed new homes at The Lakes start from the high $200s, and with a wide variety of home plans to choose from, deciding which one to call yours will be the first of many fun-filled choices you’ll make once you become a Lake Alfred local. Plus, with the variety of activities so close to home, once you’re moved in you’ll be ready to write your own local guide to Lake Alfred!

Ready to learn more about all the benefits of living at The Lakes? Let's get started!

Daily Must-Haves

Check off your grocery list with a quick trip to Publix or Winn Dixie. Bread, milk, and eggs are available within five miles from home, and when your taste buds are calling for some savory jellies or jams, take a two-minute drive to Heavenly Honey Amish Warehouse on South Lake Shore Way. 

If you’re inspired to infuse Latin flavors to your meals, Santiago’s Market is only a 3.5-mile drive away. At this grocery and hot deli, you’ll find seasonings and dishes from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and South America close to home.  

Nearby Daytime Fun! 

Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve, across the street from homes for sale in Lake Alfred, FL at The Lakes

When your day calls for some theme park fun, take your pick - LEGOLAND is 30 minutes south in Winter Haven, while the Walt Disney World Resort and Old Town in Kissimmee are about 30 minutes away off I-4 eastbound.

Of course, if nature and fishing are more your speed, you’ll find nature trails and bike paths in Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve located across the street from your new neighborhood. Lion’s Park is a two-mile drive away, providing you easy access to freshwater fishing around Lake Alfred, the city's namesake.

If your inner explorer is calling, a walk along the Chain of Lakes Trail may be for you! The trail provides a leisurely 3.2-mile stroll along an abandoned route of the South Florida Railroad. The trail access is at Lake Rochelle and Highway 92, just about a mile from your new home. 

Splish, Splash!

Lake Rochelle public boat ramp, less than one mile from out Chain of Lakes homes for sale at The Lakes
Lake Rochelle boat ramp

Lake Haines and Lake Rochelle are two of the nine lakes connected by canals that comprise the northern chain of the Chain of Lakes link that spreads across the cities of Lake Alfred, Winter Haven, and Lake Hamilton. And, your new home at The Lakes is nestled right next to this famed Chain with views offering stunning lakefront sunrises, and access to the waters of both lakes just moments from your front door.  

Take an afternoon canoe paddle on Lake Rochelle from the launch at the Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve across the street. Or, put a boat in the water at the Lake Rochelle boat ramp off S Lake Shore Way or Lake Haines boat launch which is accessed through the neighborhood north of your new community; both are just about one mile away. For a little more adventure, go flyboarding in Lake May, just 5.5 miles from home. And, let's not forget about the fishing! Bass, bluegill, and sunfish are popular species you'll find in the waters of Lake Haines and other lakes along the Chain.

So whether you enjoy kayaking, water skiing, standup paddleboarding, fishing, a lakeside picnic, or beautiful sunrises or sunsets, living on the Chain of Lakes offers it all. With so many lakes surrounding the area, picking out your favorite water activity may be the biggest challenge!


Shopping district in FloridaOnce you've dried your feet, step around the corner to a blend of old and new world shopping experiences. The Barn Antiques and The Stable Home Décor, popular Lake Alfred shopping destinations, are 5 miles from home. These sister businesses share the same location off CR 557. The Barn provides shoppers with well-crafted wood and stained glass collections, while The Stable holds a wide variety of colorful hand-designed decorations, accessories, and floral arrangements sure to fit many color palettes.

Also in this destination of boutiques, you'll find the Back Yard Garden Shop offering an outdoor shopping venue offering blooms, blossoms, and decorative garden accessories you can browse under shading native trees, and the Back Porch Restaurant, a locals-favorite featuring traditional recipes unchanged since their founding. 

Downtown Winter Haven is less than 5 miles from home, with a variety of boutique stores, dining, and cocktail bars lining the historic streets.

When you're seeking more retail therapy, Posner Park Shopping Center is only 15 miles away, immediately off exit 55 on I-4. Posner Park is home to 30+ stores including Ross, DICK's Sporting Goods, Bath & Body Works, Target, and PetSmart, to name a few, as well as restaurants, with Davenport Ale House and Sake Sushi among them. Posner Park is also home to the Cinepolis IMAX Movie Theater, with its variety of gourmet snacks and drinks to enjoy during your luxury theater experience.

A Night Out!

Close up of a bartender holding a cold glass of beer with the Grove Roots Brewing Company Logo on it - Grove Roots glass -  provided by Winter Haven Chamber of CommerceWhen your evening calls for dinner and a movie close to home, head 5 miles into nearby Winter Haven, where you can start out with Italian cuisine at Arabellas or Mexican dishes at Chile Verde. Catch a movie at the Cobb Grand 10 Cinema right behind Chile Verde in Spring Lake Square. You can get your tap on at the Union Taproom on Central Ave., Grove Roots Brewing Company, or the Florida Brewery Beer Garden in nearby Auburndale.

Stay local and dine at Manny’s Chophouse or Tempo 1930, the original site of the very first Publix Super Market, or head fifteen miles west and continue to brew some more flavorful inspirations at Swan Brewing, The Joinery food hall, or Craft + Kitchen in Lakeland.

Or, spend an evening at Disney Springs, a part of the Walt Disney World Resort, where you'll find 103 stores and pavilions plus 63 dining options. Dine at the Boathouse® and get dessert at Amorette’s Patisserie. Enjoy date night with dinner at Enzo’s Hideaway or share a shake from Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain, all within a 30-minute drive of your new home at The Lakes.

Academic and Medical Needs  

School-age residents of The Lakes are zoned for Lake Alfred Elementary (K-5), Jere L. Stambaugh Middle School (6-8), and Auburndale Senior High School (9-12). Ninth and tenth graders can also apply for the Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy Charter School and its intensive STEAM-infused academic program.  

Without a doubt, taking care of your health is a necessity that’s why it's great to know your new Lake Alfred home is close to two top-ranking and award-winning medical systems. Five miles away is Winter Haven Hospital, a member of the BayCare Health System, and 11 miles away you’ll find the AdventHealth Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport. The Gessler Clinic, the second largest outpatient clinic system in Winter Haven, has six locations while the first largest, Bond Clinic, has four locations on of which is its urgent care location only five miles from your new home at The Lakes.  

New Homes for Sale in Lake Alfred, FL

Kitchen of a new home for sale in Lake Alfred, FL at The LakesNew homes are available now in Phase 5 of The Lakes and provide you with numerous options to ensure you can find the right home for your needs, as well as checking off the design features you're dreaming of such as versatile open living space, a private owner’s suite, and covered porch or lanai where you can enjoy balmy Florida evenings and stunning sunrises coming up over the lake waters.

Situated on spacious 70-foot wide homesites averaging 0.19 acres (with some sites even larger), you will appreciate a reasonably large-sized yard along with space between neighboring homes. With a variety of unique home plans to pick from, you are sure to find a home and layout suitable for your needs, within your budget, and beautifully designed for your life.

Now that you’re ready to own your dream home in this coveted location adjacent to the Chain of Lakes, call or email our Lake Alfred New Home Specialists and schedule your VIP appointment to visit our model home at 405 Galloway Street in Lake Alfred and find your dream home today!

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