At Royal Cypress Preserve by Toll Brothers, amenities include a 4,300-square-foot clubhouse flanked by a zero-entry pool. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, neighborhood parks and a picturesque dock for canoeing or kayaking. Homes in the community are priced starting the high $500s.



In Central Florida, with its hundreds of bodies of water, most lakeview homesites have been built out for decades. To live on a natural lake in these parts, you’ve usually got to buy an older home — and in some cases, tear it down and rebuild in an older neighborhood.

Horizon West has changed all that. With dozens of lakes and clear-water ponds, buyers have a choice of numerous lakefront homesites and state-of-the-art homes in brand-new, heavily amenitized neighborhoods.

Take Waterleigh, for example. Horizon West’s biggest community, by D.R. Horton (along with a subsidiary, Emerald Homes), could ultimately contain up to 3,600 homes. A community garden, mini-golf, a sports field and two resort-style clubhouse amenity centers provide a comforting and fun-filled community environment. The community’s 1,400-acre site is dotted with more than a dozen bodies of water, including Hickory Nut Lake. 

D.R. Horton’s homes, many of which have water views, range in size from 1,567 to 3,327 square feet and are priced from the high $200s to the mid-$400s. The company also offers townhomes priced from the high $200s. Emerald’s homes in Waterleigh are priced from the low $400s.

On Lake Hartley, in Enclave at Hamlin, Taylor Morrison Homes is offering floorplans ranging in size from 1,992 to more than 4,100 square feet. Enclave at Hamlin offers a community pool overlooking the lake and easy access to Hamlin’s Town Center. Prices range from the mid $300s to the high $400s.

Lennar Homes is continuing its success in the Waterside community with Waterside The Cove. Located on John’s Lake, the community offers a clubhouse with fitness center, picnic area, swimming pool, playground and tot lot. Waterside: The Cove is located less than two miles from downtown Winter Garden. Home sizes and prices were not available at press-time. 

The Highlands at Summerlake Groves by K. Hovnanian Homes, offers single-family homes from the high $600s. Amenities include tennis courts, a swimming pool and dog park. 

Within the past year, K. Hovnanian Homes opened Winding Bay, a community of single-family homes priced from the mid-$300s. Eight floorplans are offered with homes ranging in size from 2,156 to more than 4,000 square feet. Joining Winding Bay is Winding Bay Preserve, where townhomes are priced from the low $300s. 

Toll Brothers is building Lakeshore, a luxury community with an amenity center, neighborhood parks, and biking and walking trails. There are two single-family home collections from which to choose, with prices starting in the low $500s. 

The company’s Royal Cypress Preserve offers nine different floorplans priced from the mid-$500s. Residents enjoy a private clubhouse, a resort-style swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as neighborhood parks and a picturesque dock for canoeing or kayaking. 

In its Hawksmoor community, Mattamy Homes offers both townhomes and single-family homes with unique architectural appointments inspired by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Townhomes, sized starting at 1,599 square feet, are priced from the low $300s. Single-family homes, which range in size from 1,682 to more than 4,000 square feet, are priced from the high $300s. 

Park Square Homes has brought its popular single-family home designs to Horizon West in Ravenna, where its prices start in the mid-$400s. But you need to hurry — this community, which features a pool and cabana, is in close-out at press time. 

Jones Homes has recently opened Avalon Cove, a lakefront community nestled between Hickory Nut Lake and Avalon Road. The company is offering 11 floorplans ranging in size from 2,867 to more than 5,400 square feet with prices from the mid-$600s to more than $1 million. Avalon Cove is just minutes from popular shopping, dining and entertainment areas such as Winter Garden Village, Hamlin Town Center and more.