Close to it All Living in Lake Alfred, FL

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

Updated October 22, 2022

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 small-town atmosphere where you can connect with nature, yet provides easy accessibility to the nearby major cities of Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, and Winter Haven. 

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. Beautiful new construction homes at The Lakes start from the low $300s with a limited-number of waterfront homes situated directly on the shores of Lake Haines or the canal between Lake Haines and Lake Rochelle, nature-inspired open space and ponds, and large home sites which provide privacy between neighbors.

So is Lake Alfred, Florida a good place to live? Let's dive into the benefits of living at The Lakes in Lake Alfred!

Theme Parks + Recreation

Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve, across the street from homes for sale in Lake Alfred, FL at The Lakes
A trail through sub-tropical forests at Mackay Gardens


If nature and fishing are calling your name, you’ll find nature trails and bike paths in Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve located across the street from your new neighborhood. The Preserve also offers a dock and canoe launch on Lake Rochelle, a playground, and even an events venue housed inside the historic Mackay Estate. In addition, expert gardeners host nature appreciation tours through the beautiful sub-tropical forest in the shaded preserve.

For more waterside activities, Lion’s Park is two miles away, providing you access to freshwater fishing and the waters of Lake Alfred, the city's namesake. And if your inner explorer is calling for more outdoor adventure, 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. 

Walt Disney World is just a short drive from Lake AlfredAnd when your day calls for some theme park fun, you guessed it - Central Florida's top theme park destinations are also convenient to your new home in Lake Alfred! LEGOLAND sits about 30 minutes to the south in Winter Haven, while the Walt Disney World Resort and Old Town in Kissimmee are a quick 30-minute drive east on Interstate 4.

Chain of Lakes Living

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 on the famed Chain of Lakes with views offering stunning lakefront sunrises, along with access to the Chain of 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. 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. 

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!

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



Once 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.

Shopping district in FloridaAlso 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.

Daily Must-Haves

Check off your grocery list with a quick trip to Publix or Winn Dixie, both 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 into 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.  

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 Arabella's 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 these new homes in Lake Alfred are 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 one 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

Living area of a new home for sale in Lake Alfred, FL at The Lakes

Homes are available now in Phase 6 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 luxurious 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 75-foot wide homesites averaging 0.21 acres (with some sites even larger), you will appreciate a large-sized yard along with space between neighboring homes. With a variety of luxurious home plans to pick from, you are sure to find a home and layout suitable for your needs, and beautifully designed for your life.

As you can see, living in Lake Alfred provides a number of benefits from an affordable cost of living to outdoor recreation and access to Central Florida attractions, shopping, and dining. Now that you’re ready to own your dream home in this coveted location, call or email our Lake Alfred New Home Specialists and schedule your VIP appointment to visit our model center at 405 Galloway Street in Lake Alfred and find your dream home today!

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