Best Lake Living in Greater Orlando

By Yasmene Warren

Living on a lake provides that little slice of luxury that people typically associate with beach life. Although Florida’s status as a peninsula makes it optimal for beach living, there’s a lot to offer inland. Littered all throughout Florida are a variety of lake chains. If you’re in the Central Florida area looking to try the lake life, then here are some of the best areas to be.

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Clermont Chain of Lakes

Located in Lake County is where you’ll find the city of Clermont, which, as the county suggests, has a variety of lakes within its limits.

map of orlando with clermont lakes highlighted

Some lakes you can expect to find in this county include Lake Minneola, Lake Minnehaha, and Lake Louisa. It goes as far south as Clermont up to Minneola.

Homes along these lakes range from older condos to remodeled estates. Expect the low $500-$600K’s for the condos and up to multiple millions for the estates.

A few pluses to residing on a Clermont lakefront include boat access, proximity to Downtown Clermont, as well as miles of trails and pocket parks. On the Lake Louisa side, there are ample areas that are optimal for lovers of the outdoors to camp at.

Harris Chain of Lakes

The Harris Chain of Lakes consists of seven different lakes, which include Lake Denham, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Dora, Lake Eustis, and Lake Yale.

map of orlando with harris lakes highlighted

These lake chains are close to the downtown area and bring about a quintessential lake life to those who reside in its limits.

The Harris lakes allow you easy access to the life on land. There are even some restaurants where you can drive your boat up, park, and dine.

Eustis, Leesburg, Mount Dora, and Tavares all surround these lakes, so price points for homes in the area vary. If you’re looking throughout lake areas, expect prices from the low $300K’s up to the multi millions.

Being on the east side of the Harris chain puts you about 35 minutes from Downtown Orlando and 50 minutes to both Walt Disney World and the Orlando International Airport.

Butler Chain of Lakes

The Butler Chain of Lakes is made up of 13 interconnected crystal clear lakes, which include Lake Butler, Cypress Lake, Wauseon Bay, Lake Bessie, Lake Down, Lake Louise, Lake Blanche, Lake Chase, Lake Palmer, Lake Tibet, Lake Sheen, Pocket Lake, and Little Fish Lake.

map of orlando with butler chain lakes highlighted

These lakes feel like a private chain of lakes with two private accesses, one on Conroy-Windermere Road, and the other by RD Keene. There are also other accesses within gated neighborhoods such as Keene’s Pointe and Isleworth.

Properties in this area range from as low as $4 million to $5 million and as high as $30 million, making it one of the most expensive chain of lakes to live on in Central Florida.

Conway Chain of Lakes

Located just north of the Orlando International Airport is the Conway Chain of Lakes, which is made up of three lakes: Lake Gatlin, Little Lake Conway, and Lake Conway.

map of orlando with conway lakes highlighted

For those who want to be close to Lake Nona or Belle Isle, these chain of lakes are the place to be.

You’ll find homes from the $400s and $500s, as well as teardown mansions all around the area, which makes for a fantastic location.

Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes may be few in number, but they’re ginormous in size. The two lakes are Lake Tohopekaliga and East Lake Tohopekaliga.

map of orlando with kissimmee lakes highlighted

Some activities you can do around these lakes include bass fishing, wildlife fishing, turkey hunting, boar hunting, and so much more.

This area resides in both Polk and Osceola counties, which are rapidly growing. Compared to some of the other chains, this one is much more affordable, making it an optimal place to live for people looking for lake life on a budget.


Central Florida grows more and more every day, and the demand for unique, affordable homes continues to increase. Lake living is on the rise, and luckily, Orlando is in close proximity to all of Central Florida’s chains. Each come in a variety of price points, appealing to just about every kind of homebuyer. If you’re looking for homes in the area, our team would love to help you!


The Orlando Real is sponsored by The Pozek Group. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Orlando, reach out and we would love to help!

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