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Retiring in Lake Alfred, Florida

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Lake Alfred is a proud business community with a mix of traditional retail/service businesses; industry; and the quickly growing antique shops, tea rooms; and specialty businesses. It has become a destination for those seeking to leave city life for a while or for a lifetime. Lake Alfred offers the benefits of living in a wonderful small town, but with easy access to Tampa, north Lakeland, and southern Orlando attractions on the nearby I-4.


Several residential developments and new subdivisions are springing up inside the city limits and along the western portions of Lake Alfred near I-4. The older neighborhoods of Lake Alfred have been refashioned with a system of sidewalks, paths, and street lighting, to promote walking to nearby restaurants, shopping, and recreation areas. Housing values have risen consistently over the years, indicating the stability, attractiveness, and safety of the city of Lake Alfred, Florida and its neighborhoods.

What’s To Like About Lake Alfred?

Lake Alfred, Florida is a growing community located in the heart of The Sunshine State, nestled in a picturesque region of lakes and citrus groves. It’s a wonderfully relaxed and safe place for families to live and work and experience a great quality of life. As an incorporated city with a population of approximately 4,500, Lake Alfred has police and fire departments with ambulance services.


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Lake Alfred Parks, Recreation, and More

As a family-oriented community, Lake Alfred provides 15 park facilities with over 172 acres of land for your leisure and enjoyment. These excellent recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, shuffleboard, baseball, and basketball courts. More information on parks and rec can be found here: The City of Lake Alfred.

Recently, the extensive Chain of Lakes in this central Florida area has been reconnected with a refurbished canal between Lake Hartridge and Lake Rochelle and a new bridge on U.S. 17. The project is the result of a partnership between the Lake Region Boat Course (The Chain of Lakes), Lake Alfred, Winter Haven, Polk County and the Florida Department of Transportation. Lake Alfred now offers boating, fishing, and water sports!

Some of the most popular activities among residents are boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. These activities can be enjoyed year-round, as Lake Alfred is home to seven lakes, several with boat ramps.


Lake Alfred Civic Organizations

The strong presence of civic organizations greatly enhances the family orientation of Lake Alfred. Local residents are welcome to join the Lion’s Club, Masonic Lodge, or Friends of the Library. The Chamber of Commerce encourages residents of all ages to participate in its events. All of these organizations sponsor community events such as Fourth of July Family Day, Community Day, Holiday Celebrations, and Business Expo.

Things To Do In Lake Alfred

The downtown area is the heart of Lake Alfred. It has been established south and west of City Hall and Biggars Antiques has expanded to the east to reclaim the historical center of the City with a cafe and general store. The western area has restaurants, a police department, EMS Station, and a library. The architecture, street lighting, and picturesque landscaping make the entire commercial center of Lake Alfred a place of beauty, activity, and safety. The area serves as a historical business district, so there are places for outdoor events, sidewalks shaded with trees, wide enough that restaurants overflow outside under awnings and umbrellas.

What’s Close To Lake Alfred?

Many major attractions, including Fantasy of Flight, Bok Tower Gardens, and, of course, Walt Disney World, are only minutes away.

Legoland, located immediately south of Lake Alfred, has over 50 family rides, hands-on attractions, and shows that provide education, adventure, and fun!

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Cypress Greens

Cypress Greens is Central Florida’s affordable golf and tennis 55+ community surrounded by sparkling lakes and citrus groves. This lively, intimate community features a country club atmosphere with an array of amenities and community events and activities. This close-knit community is the place to experience the retirement lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about. Amenities include a 7,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, a nine-hole regulation golf course, putting green, and pro shop, a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, private community lakes, and more!

Kings Pointe

Kings Pointe is a private 55+ gated community in Lake Alfred, Florida with 229 home sites surrounding a recreation complex and a spacious clubhouse. Amenities include a Heated Swimming Pool and Whirlpool Spa, Shuffleboard Courts, and community events and activities. Residents can enjoy a great morning of fishing on our private pier on Lake Marianna, a 500-acre freshwater lake located to the west of Kings Pointe.

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Originally published July 12, 2022

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