Where to Go for the Best Lake Living in North Carolina

Choosing a new home or even a new destination is exciting, especially if you’re thinking about living on the lake. But with so many options, how do you know which lakefront community is right for you? There are a variety of options, but the best lake living in North Carolina and especially Western North Carolina is truly special.

When it comes to the best lake living in North Carolina, there are a few of the best lake communities in North Carolina:

  •          Lake Lure
  •          Lake Toxaway
  •          Fontana Lake
  •          Lake Glenville
  •          Bear Lake Reserve
  •          High Rock Lake

Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway in Western North Carolina offer NC residents small town charm, privacy and the type of serenity that only comes with a mountain lake on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Keep reading to learn more about these lake towns and more about the best lake living in North Carolina.


8 Reasons Why Everyone Should Live on a Lake

8 Reasons Why Everyone Should Live on a Lake

When it comes to lakefront living, nothing else compares. Especially if you have the added bonus of being surrounded by the mountains.

Take it from someone who knows. Here are our top reasons why living on a lake is worth it:

  1.     When you live in a lake house, you always have the perfect setup for entertaining
  2.     What is more relaxing than waking up to a sunrise over a lake and unwinding from the day with a sunset?
  3.     Living on a lake is great for children because there’s always something to do
  4.     If you love fishing, you already know why you’d love living on a lake
  5.     Your pets will love playing in the lake, too
  6.     Your lakefront views will increase your property value
  7.     You’ll love seeing the wildlife that also call the lake home
  8.     Lake houses make great investment properties, second homes and vacation homes


What is the Best Lake to Live On?

There are hundreds of lakes in the United States and you’ll need to think about which area is best for you.

Are you looking for a lake house destination that’s near a large metropolitan area? Or are you looking for something a little more off the beaten path? And how important are amenities to you?

To get you started, here is our list of some of the best lake towns in the U.S.:

  •          Big Bear Lake, California
  •          Traverse City, Michigan
  •          Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  •          Lake Glenville, North Carolina
  •          Frisco, Colorado
  •          Devils Lake, North Dakota
  •          Lake George, New York
  •          Sandpoint, Idaho
  •          Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
  •          Wasilla, Alaska
  •          Marquette, Michigan
  •          South Lake Tahoe, California


Where Are the Best Lake Houses?

When it comes to finding the best lake houses, you want something that checks off all the boxes.

The best lake living in North Carolina is on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and this is why we love these Blue Ridge Mountains lake communities:

  •          There are some excellent fishing opportunities
  •          You’ll be surrounded by mountains
  •          The weather is ideal
  •          It’s a popular place for vacation rentals, if you’re looking for a return on your investment
  •          Western North Carolina is full of small towns and charming locales
  •          It has public and private lakes


What is the Best lake to Live On in North Carolina?

What is the Best lake to Live On in North Carolina?

Lake Glenville is a public lake in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina. There is also a popular private lake option not too far away, called Lake Toxaway.

Lake Glenville

One thing we love about Lake Glenville is that its nearly hidden away in the mountains surrounded by some seriously beautiful waterfalls and a variety of hiking trails. It’s relatively quiet in the spring, fall and winter, but since it’s a very popular vacation destination in the summer, it tends to get busier from May through September.  

Lake Glenville is more than a typical lake town. It has the honor of being the highest elevated lake east of the Mississippi River and its crystal clear water is great for swimming. There is a small beach area and three impressive waterfalls to explore. Since the lake is public, you can rent equipment or bring your own and enjoy miles of shoreline and pure lakefront bliss. How does a day of boating, jet skiing, tubing, kayaking, swimming and fishing sound?

What Kinds of Fish Can I Catch on Lake Glenville?

  •          Catfish
  •          Large and smallmouth bass
  •          Black and white crappies
  •          Walleye
  •          Rainbow trout

Lake Toxaway

One of the most unique things about Lake Toxaway on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is that it was built to be a true lakefront destination. It’s a private lake and only residents have access to the lake. However, it’s not just any private lake. It’s the largest one in the state. Families like the Rockefellers, Fords and Edisons have vacationed on the lake to breathe the fresh mountain air and soothe their soul. There’s no doubt they had the right idea.

In facts, generations of families from all over have been visiting Lake Toxaway for centuries to unwind and enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Since it’s a private lake community, this might be more your style if the summer crowds don’t sound very appealing. You also can’t beat the resort-style amenities. Amenities include golfing in one of the most relaxing parts of the mountains, exploring the nearby forests and waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, play tennis, go fishing, whitewater rafting, boating, and so much more.


Where is the Best Place to Retire On a Lake?

Retiring is all about relaxing and enjoying life’s simple pleasures, right? Listen to the water gently lap against the shore. Watch the sunrise and the sunset over the lake. In Western North Carolina, you can do all of that with the mountains as your backdrop. You get the best of both worlds.

So, where is the best place to retire on a lake? The best lake living in North Carolina is in Lake Toxaway and Lake Glenville. There’s no other place in North Carolina where you’ll be surrounded by small towns and charming locales. Lake Glenville is a hidden gem tucked away in the mountains of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Lake Toxaway is a perfect option if you like your privacy and the appeal of country club-style amenities.


Lakefront Homes for Sale in Western North Carolina

Lakefront Homes for Sale in Western North Carolina

If you’ve always dreamed of living on a lake, any of the professional real estate agents with Landmark Realty Group will be able to help you make that a reality. They know where to go for the best lake living in North Carolina and can help you find a lakefront home that checks all the boxes on your wish list.

Feel free to browse our homes for sale and contact us if you see something you like. Or give us a call! We can’t wait to get to know you and learn what you’re looking for in your next dream home on the lake.

We know these lakefront communities better than anyone. We truly have a passion for introducing you to this special piece of paradise we call home.

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