Endless Opportunities for Fun When You Call Winter Haven Home

Posted: February 27, 2018 | Categories: Communities | News
By Highland Homes

Are you searching for a new home in Winter Haven? You’re sure to fall in love with Normandy Heights thanks to its fabulous location, natural surroundings, and beautiful, open-layout homes with an abundance of personalization options!

Convenient Location

Located off Winter Lake Road between Recker Hwy. and US-17, Normandy Heights places your new home just four miles from decadent dining and boutique shopping in downtown Winter Haven. Around the corner and about one mile from home, enjoy a date night, gourmet dining, lake views, and entertainment at Harborside. Or, for a day out with the kids, travel about 15 minutes to the ever-popular LEGOLAND Florida resort and theme park!

Your new home at Normandy Heights is just minutes from the Polk Parkway, offering convenient access to Lakeland, Tampa and Orlando. Whether you’re commuting to one of these nearby cities daily for work, heading out for a night on the town or just simply enjoy knowing you’re close to so many big-city amenities, this great location makes it all a breeze.

In addition, the community’s location offers the opportunity for outdoor recreation, convenience to grocery shopping, and schools right up the road from home.

Recreation and Entertainment

Downtown Winter Haven, FL
Photography by Ultrahip

Living in Winter Haven places you in a wonderful location central to both Tampa and Orlando, and it is bursting with hometown charm and local recreation and entertainment. Whether you appreciate spending time in the great outdoors or enjoy the thrills of an amusement park, this city offers it all.

Community Parks

From your new home, you can walk to Lake Shipp and its two parks, and enjoy time on the playground, play a sports game, or even launch a small boat out into the lake which is part of Winter Haven’s famous Chain of Lakes.

Located on the west side of Lake Shipp is Sertoma Park, also known to many as Lake Shipp Park, and home to the Greater Winter Haven Youth Baseball and Winter Haven Youth Football programs. The park offers picnic tables, softball fields, soccer fields, a playground, boat ramp, and fishing access. On the southwest side of the Lake, William G. Roe Park has a large boat launch.

Also located nearby is R.H. Malcolm Park, featuring a handicap-accessible playground with features for all ages. Finally, South Lake Howard Nature Park offers a different park experience with beautiful nature trails along the shore of Lake Howard perfect for watching wildlife, running and biking, or enjoying a casual walk with man’s best friend.


LegolandIf your family likes more action-packed entertainment, then check out LEGOLAND Florida, the area’s top theme park and water park. With beautiful botanical gardens, live-action water ski shows, and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, the fun never ends! Enjoy seeing incredible LEGO creations at Miniland USA, like a replica of Daytona International Speedway, New York and more. Take a prehistoric adventure on Coastersaurus, a wooden coaster in Lands of Adventure, or cool off during the summer at the LEGO Wave Pool in the water park.

In downtown Winter Haven, Grove Roots Brewing Co. is your back porch bar, with frequent events and live music, nightly food trucks, and beer inspired and brewed right here in Winter Haven.

For an adventurous afternoon, head over to Action Paintball, located on 7th Street SW on the east side of Lake Shipp. Three paintball fields can be played, along with laser tag, and you can setup your own private paintball event at the facility.

For indoor fun, head to Cobb 10 Grand Cinema movie theater to catch the newest thriller, action or romance movie.

Water Sports

Kayaka at Lake Silver in Winter Haven, FL
By Ultrahip (Camera),
via Wikimedia Commons

Winter Haven is known as the water skiing capital of the world, and that’s not the only watersport you can enjoy in this city which boasts 50 lakes within its borders. From stand-up paddleboarding to wakeboarding, the opportunities to enjoy time on the water are limitless. Rent boats, take lessons or for extreme athletes, even learn how to flyboard!

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team will thrill you during their free monthly shows, held at MLK Jr. Park on Lake Silver. They also host learn to ski events for the community, and adaptive ski events for those with special needs who want to experience the thrill of this water sport.

Shopping and Dining

Find unique shopping in Downtown Winter Haven
By Ultrahip (Own work),
via Wikimedia Commons

When it’s time for retail therapy, Winter Haven has plenty of spots for you to shop ‘til you drop! Downtown Winter Haven offers several unique shopping options, like The Shop, M. Marie, and Red Geranium, local gift shops with jewelry, home goods, candy and more. Search for vintage home finds at Gypsy Girl, get bikes for the entire family at the Bike Shop of Winter Haven, and pick up specialty cheeses from The Cheese Room, an artisan cheese market.

For traditional mall shopping options, the Citi Centre outdoor shopping complex is right up the road with dining and stores such as Macy’s, Pier One and Belk. Or, head to the nearby Eagle Ridge Mall, where you’ll find department stores like Dillard’s and JCPenney, as well as plenty of other apparel, footwear, home stores, jewelry stores and more.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, choose from an abundance of local restaurants and big-name favorites. Winter Haven offers plenty of quick options like Starbucks, Panera Bread and Firehouse Subs, or reliable chain restaurants including Olive Garden, Carraba’s, and Outback. You can also visit one of the local places downtown like Gourmet Goodies Bake Shop for sweet treats and custom desserts or Richard’s Fine Coffees for a caffeinated pick-me-up. For a unique dining experience, take a trip back in time to Andy’s Drive-In Restaurant, known for its steakburgers, milkshakes and family-friendly fun, or visit Harborside, a seafood and stake restaurant on the shores of Lake Shipp.

And, grocery shopping is always a pleasure at Publix, with multiple locations within just five or ten minutes of home.

Educational Opportunities

Students that live in Normandy Heights will attend Lake Shipp Elementary, which is located just outside of the community, as well as Westwood Middle and Lake Region High schools, all part of Polk County Public Schools. For additional school choice, a number of charter schools and private schools are located within 10 minutes of home.

Residents will also have easy access to Polk State College, which has a Winter Haven Campus nearby. Finish an associates or bachelor’s degree, or choose from a wide variety of certificate and workforce training options to increase your skill set.

Healthy Living

Near your new home at Normandy Heights, you’ll have access to healthcare such as First Help Urgent Care, Gessler Clinic, and Winter Haven Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Cats, dogs and other four-legged family members can visit one of several surrounding veterinary clinics or hospitals in case of emergency, like Myers Animal Hospital, Dunham Animal Hospital, or Orchid Springs Animal Hospital.

In addition to the many outdoor recreation opportunities that Winter Haven offers, you have access to nearby gyms of various sizes and specialties, including Crossfit and female-focused gyms, along with the Chain O’ Lakes Complex which is home to a variety of programs and classes for dance, fitness and martial arts.

Beautiful New Homes, Designed for Your Life!

The Parker by Highland Homes - New homes in Winter HavenNow that we’ve proven that Winter Haven is THE best place to call home in Central Florida, we invite you to come tour our brand-new Parker model home at Normandy Heights, opening on March 3, 2018, and get a first-hand look at the popular home layouts, quality design, and beautiful personalization options available when you build your dream home in this desirable community. Located at 305 St. Georges Circle in Winter Haven, off Cooley Road just south of Camellia Drive, the Parker plan is our best-selling home design and offers 1,715 square feet of living space, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 2-car garage.

After touring the model, select from one of 57 exclusive home sites, including select sites adjacent to open space for your backyard privacy. Then, select one of more than 10 layouts offering either one- or two-story options, and enjoy hundreds of selections to personalize your new home. Priced from the $150’s, new homes at Normandy Heights offer 1,301 to 3,141 square feet of living space, including three to six bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms and two-car garages.

For more information about building your new home in Winter Haven at Normandy Heights and to schedule your VIP appointment to tour the new model, contact the Winter Haven New Home Specialists at 863-333-5895 or visit the Normandy Heights website for more info and to email us!

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