Most Popular Lake Communities of 2023
There are so many fulfilling and enjoyable benefits to living in a lake community. The scenic beauty and tranquility of a lakeside environment provide a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The mesmerizing views and the soothing sounds of water create a peaceful ambiance, promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Not to mention all the recreational activities like boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking, allowing residents to indulge in outdoor adventures and stay physically active.
The popular lake communities featured here offer a sense of belonging and friendship, as neighbors bond over shared interests and come together for social gatherings and events. Whether it's watching breathtaking sunsets, engaging in water sports, or simply enjoying a picnic by the water's edge, these lakefront communities encompass both physical and emotional well-being, making it an idyllic choice for those seeking a harmonious and vibrant lifestyle.
Trilogy at Lake Frederick is a 55+ lakeside community about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C., in Virginia's scenic Shenandoah Valley. The property encompasses more than 900 acres of woodlands and single-family homesites situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a semi-private club, public restaurant, and other resort amenities adjacent to a 117-acre recreational lake. Lake Frederick is open to recreational boating (with no gasoline motors) and excellent fishing for largemouth bass and other species. Public boat launch, courtesy dock, fishing pier and bait shop adjacent to the community.
Another popular lake community in Virginia, this one 12 miles from historic Fredericksburg featuring an Arnold Palmer golf course, a carefully preserved forest, plus privacy and peace of mind afforded by a gated entrance. The community is centered around a private 288-acre deep-water lake with over seven miles of wooded shoreline—perfect for boating, water skiing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
Perfect for a lake vacation home or full-time residence, Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure is a North Carolina gated community encompassing 3,000 acres of lakefront property with resort-style amenities and award-winning golf. Along with two championship mountain golf courses rated four stars by Golf Digest, amenities include a wellness center with the latest fitness equipment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a lazy river, tennis and pickleball courts, a full-service salon and spa, and three on-site restaurants. The community is ideally situated on 720-acre Lake Lure with private white sand beach, cabana with boat rentals, boat tours, 21 miles of shoreline for fishing, and a private gated 125-slip member marina and 8-slip gated commercial marina.
Nestled deep in the heart of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this active adult community offers the very best of mountain-lake living. The community’s Lake Club features an Adirondack-style clubhouse with large decks, multiple fireplaces, multiple pools, outdoor hot tubs, a 20-seat theatre, fitness center, steam room, sauna, spa treatment rooms, locker facilities, restaurant and bar, adult and youth activities rooms. The onsite marina includes day docks for personal and resort-rental watercraft including boats, canoes, kayaks, and SUPs. Sunset cruises are available for residents.
Situated right outside the peaceful lake town of Santee, SC, this beautiful 678-acre property provides an impressive array of amenities to stay active, comfortable, and connected to the outdoors on the shore of South Carolina’s largest freshwater lake. This scenic lakefront community offers a private boat ramp with two community docks and nature trails that connect to the neighboring Santee State Park. Other amenities include a community center with a gym, pool, pickleball courts, meeting rooms, and ballroom space.
Recognized as one of the cleanest lakes in Georgia, Lake Arrowhead is a 540-acre spring-fed lake that stays at a cool temperature year-round and offers crystal clear water quality as seen only in the Caribbean Islands. Residents of this sparkling community enjoy pontoon boating, canoeing, kayaking, row boating, and sailing. A boat rental program is available in season and allows property owners that don't have a boat to enjoy the lake at their leisure. A true lake and boating community, Lake Arrowhead’s marina and boathouse offers boat slips, boat launch ramp, dry boat storage, and small sailboat concession with sailing lessons available. Various eco-friendly boats are available for rent, including small fishing boats for use on the lake. A new two-story marina pavilion with walkway to the marina and venue to seasonal lakeside events—like the summer concert series starting Memorial Day and running through the August.
A gated community one hour northeast of Sacramento, Lake Wildwood’s natural beauty comes to life through a lush green backdrop that’s complemented by an 18-hole championship golf course and private lake that looks like a deep blue gemstone in the midst of it all. The community’s picturesque 320-acre lake is rated among California’s best bass-fishing lakes, and its deep blue waters are ideal for skiing, sailing, paddleboarding, and kayaking—or just a leisurely pontoon boat cruise at sunset. Woven throughout the community are several lakeside parks with sandy beaches with shady palapas or covered patios with picnic tables and barbeques. Serene trails and multiple green belts offer hikers a shady walk among the trees and along the creeks.