New Homes in Lakeland Offer Access to the Best of Polk County

Posted: November 28, 2018 | Categories: Communities | News | General Info
By Highland Homes

Lakeland is a great place to live thanks to its superb central Florida location, affordable cost of living, access to entertainment and recreation destinations, and abundance of employment opportunities. We’re proud to call Lakeland our home, and we want to share this wonderful city with you. That’s why we’re building new homes in Lakeland in multiple communities, including the exceedingly popular Wilder Oaks community!

Located off Wilder Road just east of US 98 N, Wilder Oaks will have just 55 exclusive homes priced from the $210’s. Construction on the new model home showcasing the Westin plan is well underway, with an expected early 2019 opening. Despite the fact the model home isn’t open yet, the community has been incredibly popular with homes already selling at a rapid pace from the nearby Donovan Trace model center. In fact, the community is nearly 20% sold out!

Sought-After Location

Lakeland-Winter Haven Photographed by Jared of Flickr

Wilder Oaks is in a laid-back locale just minutes from US 98 N and only 8 miles from downtown Lakeland. The city’s many amenities, such as the beautiful lakes, celebrations, cultural attractions and more, are just moments away from your new home. In addition, I-4 is close by, offering an easy commute into nearby Tampa and Orlando.

Everyday conveniences, including Publix, ALDI and Walmart, are near these new homes in Lakeland, while a wide array of north Lakeland shopping, dining and entertainment options can all be found within 10 minutes of your new home. Wilder Oaks is less than 10 minutes from Lakeland Square Mall and the Shoppes of Lakeland, offering everything from department stores and clothing retailers to gift shops and restaurants. For those nights you desire a dinner out, dine at local favorites such as Granger & Sons Barbecue, Palace Italian Restaurant North, and 716 Burgers and Brew.

Recreation and Entertainment

The location of Wilder Oaks also offers access to plenty of fun close to home! The spring training home of the Detroit Tigers is at nearby Joker Marchant Stadium, and is a great place to spend a sunny Florida afternoon. On rainy days, Orange Bowl Lanes and 2Infinity Extreme Air Sports are perfect for indoor fun and competition, while Cinemark Theater at Lakeland Square Mall features the newest box office hits. If you’re interested in a one-of-a-kind movie-watching experience, visit the Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre to watch movies under the stars, or attend a show at the Polk Theatre, a revered piece of Lakeland history.

Cultural attractions also abound in Lakeland with a niche to interest just about anyone. Visit museums for a mix of education and fun, such as Polk Museum of Art, home to both modern and classical art, plus free admission, or the Explorations V Children’s Museum, a local gem aimed at engaging all five senses. If you love aviation, then be sure to stop by the Florida Air Museum, which displays aviation history and education and offers unique programs such as children’s camps, tours and more.

Gator Creek Reserve in Lakeland Photo courtesy of Polk County Environmental Lands Program.

If you desire to be one with nature, Lakeland surely will not disappoint. Just north of your new home in Lakeland is Gator Creek Reserve, one of the area’s most popular hiking locations located on the edge of the Green Swamp. Kids will enjoy playing at Hunt Fountain Park, complete with athletic fields, picnic areas, and playgrounds, or Lake Parker Park, with a playground, boat ramp, picnic pavilions, athletic fields, lawn games, a jogging path and even the opportunity to fish! There’s even a nearby place for man’s best friend, with Lake Crago Dog Park just minutes away from Wilder Oaks.


Lakeland boasts a strong medical community, with an abundance of medical facilities close to Wilder Oaks offering both healthcare and employment opportunities. Multiple doctor’s and dentist’s offices are in the area, as well as top-rated medical centers. Even animal hospitals and veterinary clinics are minutes from the community!

The region’s top hospital, Lakeland Regional Health, is less than 8 miles from Wilder Oaks. The hospital, well regarded for its patient care and available advanced technologies, was ranked one of the top 25 hospitals in Florida by U.S. News & World Report, and was listed as high performing in a number of areas, including COPD treatment, colon cancer surgery, and heart failure treatment.

Another top medical facility located in Lakeland is Watson Clinic, which offers a comprehensive list of services and specialties. Patients can visit doctors specializing in everything from dermatology to urology, or they can visit the clinic for lab work, physical therapy, and more. Watson Clinic also offers walk-in and urgent care, which are highly reviewed online. Watson Clinic is even well-ranked by current and past employees as a great place to work!


If you have children or desire to continue your education, you will undoubtedly focus on the educational opportunities surrounding your new home in Lakeland. Wilder Oaks is zoned for R. Clem Churchwell Elementary for grades K-5, which received a 4 out of 5 stars rating on and a 7/10 rating on, as well as Lake Gibson Middle and Lake Gibson High schools. Multiple private and charter schools are also located nearby, while Keiser University and Florida Polytechnic University are just a short drive from home, offering college courses and continuing education opportunities.

Homes Designed for Your Life

kitchen in the Westin home planThe new homes for sale in Lakeland, FL at Wilder Oaks offer three to six bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms and 1,671 to 3,315 square feet of living space. With more than 10 home plans to choose from and hundreds of options to personalize your home to your style, needs and budget, there are options available for every buyer! Priced form the $210’s, the homes are also located on spacious 70-foot-wide home sites providing privacy between homes!

shelby family roomThe many one- and two-story homeplans include features designed for your life such as open living areas, private owner’s suites, and flexible use rooms that give you seemingly endless opportunities to make your home your own. The homes also feature two- or three-car garages and covered lanais (per plan) for your outdoor living enjoyment. Once you’ve selected your perfect plan and home site, you’ll then have the opportunity to further personalize your home by visiting the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio, where you can choose from hundreds of included options at no additional cost or luxurious upgraded features and finishes.

Until our model home opens in early 2019, you can visit the nearby Donovan Trace model center to learn more about Wilder Oaks and the many homes available there. The Donovan Trace model center is located at 3555 Donovan Road in Lakeland. For more information on the new homes for sale in Lakeland, FL, call our Lakeland New Home Specialists at 863-859-1429 or visit Highland Homes online.

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