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In the heart of Florida lies Mountain Lake—a hidden gem that defies conventional norms of residential living in the Sunshine State. Nestled amidst lush terrain and rolling hills, this architectural masterpiece harmoniously fuses gracious living, rich history, and natural splendor.

Lake Wales, Florida
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Nestled within an impressively elevated landscape, where over 125 historic and newer homes are gracefully tucked among 1,100 stunning acres of parkland, Mountain Lake emerges as a striking anomaly in the state of Florida. The Sunshine State is well known for its coastal flatlands, rarely revealing such unique topography. Yet, here in this community, rolling hills stand proudly against Florida’s typical monotony, bestowing breathtaking vistas and a near-poetic sense of tranquility. Amidst this natural splendor, elevated living takes on a whole new meaning, inviting residents to savor the beauty of their surroundings in the heart of Florida.

At the heart of Mountain Lake’s distinction lies its intriguing community structure—a corporation where the residents are the shareholders. This unconventional approach creates an unparalleled sense of ownership, shared responsibility, and a palpable bond among the residents. It is a community that has mastered the art of unity.

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Becoming a resident of Mountain Lake is an exclusive journey. Resident membership is an invitation-only process, requiring the support of five current resident members. The Membership Committee conducts interviews and approves potential candidates, ensuring a seamless integration into the community’s fabric.

Privacy and security have always been the cornerstones of Mountain Lake. Residents have the luxury of customizing their security levels while outside the community’s protected realm. Properties undergo meticulous checks, from visual inspections to comprehensive assessments of doors and windows. Deliveries, whether from UPS, FedEx, USPS, or other carriers, are received by and personally delivered by the community’s vigilant staff, aligning seamlessly with each resident’s preferences.

The community’s architectural tapestry is rich and diverse. From storied estate homes to award-winning modern designs, each residence is thoughtfully positioned on lakefront sites, amid ancient oak groves, or dramatically atop hills. Many residents enjoy views, or the soothing sounds, of the renowned Bok Tower—an auditory delight within the Bok Tower Gardens, once known as the Mountain Lake Sanctuary. Members have a private access gate and ardently support the Gardens’ mission, creating a symbiotic relationship between the community and its natural surroundings.

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Mountain Lake Community doesn’t just offer residences; it crafts experiences. At the forefront is the Seth Raynor golf course, celebrated as the finest residential course in the state.

Championship croquet lawns, historic structures—including the grand Colony House, a private hotel for members and their esteemed guests—all contribute to a lifestyle that is, quite simply, exquisite.

Mountain Lake is not just a place to reside; it’s a place to live life to the fullest. Its active weekly sports schedules, including tennis, racquets, shooting, and croquet, are matched by a vibrant social calendar with special interest groups encompassing diverse hobbies and interests. From mahjong to bridge, sewing, bible study, and singing, there is something for everyone. The community also hosts seasonal events, tournaments, themed dinners, and holiday celebrations, ensuring that every season is filled with joy and camaraderie.

Mountain Lake is more than a community—it’s an escape for its members. Individuals find solitude in the expansive open spaces designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., where park-like streets invite leisurely strolls, jogging, and biking through the enchanting hills. The idyllic winter climate facilitates a deep connection with nature and fellow residents, away from the clamor of highways and airports. With fitness centers, massage services, and stretching opportunities, the community fosters the holistic well-being of its cherished residents.

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Mountain Lake’s success story balances exclusivity with a welcoming and tight-knit community atmosphere. While membership is by invitation only, shared interests and backgrounds naturally bridge gaps and create a sense of belonging. First-time visitors or guests are often welcomed into the fold through cocktails or dinners hosted by residents—a testament to the community’s open-hearted approach.

Beyond its secluded confines, Mountain Lake maintains a global presence. A network of reciprocal clubs throughout the United States and England provides members with access to premium amenities while traveling, ensuring that the Mountain Lake experience transcends geographical boundaries.

Mountain Lake’s long-term vision is rooted in tradition—a continuation of its role as a seasonal colony. Generation after generation of members have made this their cherished retreat, and as the community embarks on a careful path of growth, members remain steadfast in their commitment to preserving historic grounds and amenities for the benefit of future generations.

Mountain Lake is not just about its residents; it’s deeply committed to the broader local community. Through initiatives like the Mountain Lake Community Service and Education Fund, the community supports local nonprofit organizations and provides educational tuition support for its team members and their families. Members themselves are generous philanthopists, engaging with other nonprofits serving as board members, advisors, and volunteers—a testament to their dedication to making a meaningful impact.

In the heart of Florida’s rolling hills, Mountain Lake stands as an architectural marvel that defies convention. Here, architecture and nature intertwine, creating a sanctuary for the soul, a haven of tranquility, and a legacy for generations. It’s a place where rolling hills meet understated luxury living, and where community and exclusivity coexist in perfect harmony—a testament to the enduring allure of Mountain Lake.

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