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Aug 08, 2022
Summer cocktail recipes – 6 best summer cocktails to try

There’s nothing better than the feeling of drinking a cool, refreshing drink on a scorching...

Lakeshore quick move-in homes are the perfect route for someone looking to see their home on their lot before purchasing. Unique to our quick move-ins, you can head over to Lakeshore and see the home before making the decision to buy! Visualize your furniture and décor in the space you’ll soon call home. Because these homes are pre-designed, the moving process is expedited, allowing you to move in as soon as possible! Right now, Lakeshore quick move-ins are on sale, and these are prices that won’t come around again. Scroll through to see some of the gorgeous homes we have on site now! Altamonte, Homesite 174 Features a split bedroom floor plan, with the master and guest bedrooms on opposite sides of the home. This is perfect for anyone who loves to host friends and family, ensuring quiet and privacy when you and your guests retreat to your rooms. Equipped with a very generous screened-in deck on the side of the home. This space adds on so much more living area to the home. It’s fit for outdoor dining, an outdoor living set or the new space for your favorite hobby. Experience the sunrise like you haven’t before, on your porch or in your home. The tandem windows let the light shine in and brighten up your space. Sebring 2, Homesite 165 Equipped with ample storage in the master bedroom. Two sliding barn-door closets separated by extra shelves allow for a place for all the things you need. If that’s not enough, find an extra closet just outside the door to the master! Luxurious walk-in shower in the bathroom! Two screened-in decks along the front and back of the home. The back porch is accessible through the master bedroom, becoming your private oasis. Sebring, Homesite 167 Located on a prime lot! This home is only neighbored on one side, providing its lucky owner with a private side yard. The full-sized master bath features double sinks and a ceramic tile walk-in shower. Find upgraded stainless steel appliances and innovative kitchen storage. Come tour our quick move-in homes and take advantage of the low prices we are offering for a short time! Call 352-702-4918 to book a tour and learn more.
Feb 14, 2022
Lakeshore’s Move-in Ready Homes!

Lakeshore quick move-in homes are the perfect route for someone looking to see their home...

Simple Life Garden Envoy
Jan 28, 2022
Simple Life Garden Envoy

Envoy Groups are one of the best ways for residents to get involved in their...

Spend a Day at Lakeshore
Jan 14, 2022
Spend a Day at Lakeshore

At Lakeshore, each day is an opportunity for new experiences and activities. All Simple Life...

Celebrate the Holidays at Lakeshore Small Cottage Community
Dec 15, 2021
Celebrate the Holidays at Lakeshore Small Cottage Community

Christmas is an extraordinary time in Central Florida and more specifically at Lakeshore in Oxford, Florida. With...

Christmas Celebrations in Western North Carolina
Dec 13, 2021
Christmas Celebrations in Western North Carolina

It’s that time of the year! The time where friends and family gather together, traveling...

Five Holiday Films for a Floridian’s White Christmas Fix
Dec 13, 2021
Five Holiday Films for a Floridian’s White Christmas Fix

Down here in Florida, we make Christmas as festive as can be. Lights, trees, fake...

Dec 08, 2021
Lakeshore Adds Seasoned Guest Services Leader to the Team with the Addition of Fred Taylor

Taylor will lead the Lakeshore team bringing fifteen years of hospitality and lifestyle experience Oxford,...

Lakeshore Quick Move-in Homes
Nov 26, 2021
Lakeshore Quick Move-in Homes

What are QMIs? QMIs or “quick move-in homes” are cottages at Lakeshore that are predesigned, built and...

A North Carolina Thanksgiving
Nov 19, 2021
A North Carolina Thanksgiving

I gave you some Florida themed recipes, now it’s time for some good North Carolina...

Choosing a Style For Your Cottage Home
Nov 12, 2021
Choosing a Style For Your Cottage Home

The best part about moving into a new home is decorating! It’s the perfect opportunity...

A Floridian’s Twist on Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 05, 2021
A Floridian’s Twist on Thanksgiving Dinner

We all know and love the classic Thanksgiving spread: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, casseroles, green...

Oct 29, 2021
The Altamonte

The Altamonte is one of Simple Life’s most space efficient cottages, fitting two bedrooms, two...

The Charming Small Town of Flat Rock, North Carolina
Oct 22, 2021
The Charming Small Town of Flat Rock, North Carolina

North Carolina offers a variety of exciting experiences for its visitors and residents, from the...

Experience Asheville When You Live at The Hamlet
Oct 15, 2021
Experience Asheville When You Live at The Hamlet

The Village and The Hamlet by Simple Life are both nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina...

Simple Life Envoy Groups
Oct 08, 2021
Simple Life Envoy Groups

Residents at Simple Life have the opportunity to get involved in their community in a...

Adventure Awaits Near Lakeshore by Simple Life
Oct 01, 2021
Adventure Awaits Near Lakeshore by Simple Life

Lakeshore by Simple Life is located right in the middle of Florida, with endless opportunity in...

The Perry 2 Cottage
Sep 27, 2021
The Perry 2 Cottage

The Perry 2 is one of Simple Life’s two-bedroom, two-bathroom space efficient homes exclusively available in our Lakeshore community....

Cottage Home Decor Ideas for Fall
Sep 24, 2021
Cottage Home Decor Ideas for Fall

It’s officially Fall, which means it’s time to get crafty and start decorating. If you...

The Sanibel Cottage
Sep 20, 2021
The Sanibel Cottage

Each one of our cottages caters to different needs and desires. Some are designed for...

New Amenities Coming Soon to Lakeshore
Sep 17, 2021
New Amenities Coming Soon to Lakeshore

We are excited to announce the coming of several brand-new amenities at our Lakeshore community!...

Sep 15, 2021
Nestled in North Carolina’s Best Place to Retire is the Newest Cottage Home Community from Simple Life

Hendersonville, N.C. – (September XX, 2021) Simple Life, the company that believes you should live...

Easy One-Pot Recipes from a Cottage Kitchen
Sep 10, 2021
Easy One-Pot Recipes from a Cottage Kitchen

What’s not to love about one pot recipes? They are time saving. They involve less...

Lakeshore Residents Have the Best of Both Worlds
Sep 03, 2021
Lakeshore Residents Have the Best of Both Worlds

All Simple Life communities provide exclusive, state of the art amenities right outside resident’s doors....

5 Tips for Storing Summer Sports Equipment in a Cottage Home
Aug 23, 2021
5 Tips for Storing Summer Sports Equipment in a Cottage Home

Beautiful, warm, summertime weather often inspires us to get outside and get active. From gardening...

How to Evaluate Your Living Space Before You Downsize
Aug 09, 2021
How to Evaluate Your Living Space Before You Downsize

There may come a time in your life when you wonder ‘what exactly do I...

Tips for Setting Up At-Home Yoga in a Cottage Home
Jul 26, 2021
Tips for Setting Up At-Home Yoga in a Cottage Home

Yoga is the perfect fitness choice for a cottage home, as it can provide a...

Resident Spotlight: Steven and Roger
Jul 19, 2021
Resident Spotlight: Steven and Roger

Each one of our residents is an important part of Simple Life. Everyone has their...

Top 10 Inspiring Cottage Porch Ideas
Jun 28, 2021
Top 10 Inspiring Cottage Porch Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good front porch? At Simple Life, we love back porches as...

Introducing the Brand-New Sunny Isle Cottage!
Jun 18, 2021
Introducing the Brand-New Sunny Isle Cottage!

The Sunny Isle Cottage is Lakeshore’s newest, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with more living space than any...

3 Helpful Tips for Downsizing with Pets
Jun 07, 2021
3 Helpful Tips for Downsizing with Pets

It’s quite common for the main concern surrounding downsizing to be the comfort and livability...

Lakeshore Vision – A New Kind of Housing Choice, feat. Mike McCann – CEO, Simple Life
May 26, 2021
Lakeshore Vision – A New Kind of Housing Choice, feat. Mike McCann – CEO, Simple Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82nVFZzj2Gc Right-sized living is a conscious choice for a simpler lifestyle that closely fits homeowners’...

May 18, 2021
Lakeshore Amenity Center Comes to Life at its April Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE2ZyM06Kuc Friday, April 17 was everything Simple Life hoped it would be! The sun was...

Apr 22, 2021
Simple Life Offers Busy Lifestyle

Dozens of people were on hand last Friday, to celebrate in the official opening of...

Lakeshore Amenity Center Grand Opening
Apr 15, 2021
Lakeshore Amenity Center Grand Opening

On Saturday, April 17, 2021 Lakeshore is pleased to open its luxury Amenity Center with an open...

Apr 05, 2021
Simple Life’s North Carolina Communities Are Near Services and Conveniences

Nothing seems more inviting than a cottage home tucked away in the mountains of Western...

Lakeshore by Simple Life is peacefully tucked away under a gorgeous live oak canopy with stunning views of a 40-acre lake. You can rest assured that an abundance of top-notch services are close by when you need them, though. Lakeshore residents enjoy a high-end cottage tucked away in a quiet, relaxed community with several options for grocery, home and garden, and veterinary needs just a short drive away. In fact, a brand new ALDI opened within walking distance in 2021! Also nearby are several new top-notch medical facilities, including the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood, the adjoining Brownwood Hotel & Spa, and UF Health The Villages® Regional Hospital. Below you’ll find a list of some of the premier services that are located in the immediate area surrounding Lakeshore. We invite you to check out our interactive surrounding area map for a more precise location of each service. We hope that the abundance of care and convenience eases your mind as you consider a move to Lakeshore or enhances your hassle-free, low stress lifestyle if you already call Lakeshore home. GROCERY Publix Supermarket – The well-known Florida supermarket chain offers a wide selection of groceries, plus a deli featuring Boars Heads® meats and a robust bakery department. In addition to in-store shopping, this Publix offers curbside pickup, no-contact delivery, and in-store pickup. ALDI – (Walking distance!) ALDI grocery stores offer standard grocery items, meat, and dairy at prices reduced by 20% – 40% on average. Within easy walking or biking distance, a brand new ALDI opened just down the street from Lakeshore in 2021. HOME GOODS Walmart – There isn’t really anything you can’t pick up at Walmart. Less than 5 minutes from Lakeshore, Walmart Supercenter offers curbside pickup, delivery, as well as in-store shopping. Open daily until 11pm, it is a great convenience for a number of reasons. Marshalls and HomeGoods – Whether you’re looking for discounted prices on seasonal fashion or décor for your new Lakeshore home, these two stores (located side-by-side) offer a variety of furnishings, bedding, kitchenware, holiday goods and more. DINING Gio’s Deli – Hungry for an authentic Italian dish? Just 3-4 minutes up the road from Lakeshore is this incredible deli specializing in Old World meats and cheeses available to go. Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille – Located in Lake Sumter Landing, you can enjoy great seafood and the sunset over Lake Sumter. Red Sauce – Only a 15-minute drive, this local favorite offers familiar Italian-American meals and regular live entertainment. VKI Japanese Steakhouse – Ranked best Japanese in The Villages®, this authentically decorated restaurant offers tableside hibachi, sushi and traditional Japanese kitchen entrees. TRANSPORTATION UBER and Lyft – While originally limited to larger cities and metropolitan areas, rideshare companies have quickly expanded to a number of locations including Oxford, FL. If you are looking for a ride to the airport, the doctor, or even just around town, either of these services are perfect solutions. Sumter County Shuttle – In coordination with the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Commission for Transportation, door-to-door shuttle services are available in the county from 8:30 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. This method of transportation is usually reserved for hospital appointments and medical visits. Interstate 75 – I-75 passes through six different states. The highway runs the length of the Florida peninsula from the Miami area and up the Gulf Coast through Tampa. Entrance to the Interstate is conveniently just a few minutes away from the entrance of Lakeshore Community. Orlando International Airport – A major public airport located 6 miles southeast of Downtown Orlando, FL, and just 1.5 hours from Oxford, FL, the airport handled 50,613,072 passengers in 2019, making it the busiest airport in the state and tenth busiest airport in the United States. Photo via Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway SCENIC ATTRACTIONS Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway – Winding through several old Florida roadways and friendly communities, the Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway features pastoral farmlands and beautiful Lake Panasoffkee. Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve – Dozens of animals and amphibians can be found on this 625-acre wetland. Make sure to bring binoculars and a camera to make the most out of the observation deck! Florida National Cemetery – Located in the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Florida National Cemetery has a variety of memorials to honor America’s veterans along its Memorial Pathway. Lake Okahumpka Park – At 130 acres, Lake Okahumpta Park includes bike trails, a 9-hole frisbee golf course, and a 2-lane boat ramp. Enjoy a series of exercise stations or walk your pup along clearly marked trails. Back Road Berries – Stroll fields of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. You can call ahead to pick your own or just stop by and pickup homemade pies and cobblers made from fresh, seasonal berries. Photo via UF Health HOSPITALS AND HEALTHCARE UF Health The Villages® Hospital – This 307-bed acute care hospital has been serving residents of The Villages® as well as patients in Lake, Sumter, and Marion counties since 2002. The hospital’s teams of physicians and clinical staff work together to offer specialty services, advanced technology, and clinical studies. Walgreens – Walgreens is your go-to for pharmacy, health & wellness and photo products. Known nationwide, Walgreens is the perfect place to refill prescriptions in-person and online, order items for delivery or store pickup, and create photo gifts for your friends and family. VETIRNARY CARE Oxford Animal Hospital – Oxford Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital. This facility welcomes pet patients for wellness exams and services as well as routine medical, surgical, and dental procedures. Whether it’s time for your pet’s annual wellness exam or they under the weather, need dental services or surgery, Oxford Animal Hospital has everything you need and is located just around the corner from Lakeshore by Simple Life. VCA Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital – Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital serves dogs and cats in The Villages®, Belleview, Summerfield, Oxford, and Wildwood areas. The hospital offers exceptional service and patient care. The full-service animal hospital combines the latest medical practices with state-of-the-art equipment and compassionate care. They also offer separate dog and cat boarding for a stress-free stay. Oxford, FL is the home of Simple Life Lakeshore and also offers the convenience of nearby shopping, dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreation. Visit us today in sunny, Central Florida and explore our options for right-sized living. Call or text us at 352-702-3266 to schedule your home showing. You can also LIKE us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or follow us on Houzz.
Mar 16, 2021
Services are Close by Lakeshore When You Need Them

Lakeshore by Simple Life is peacefully tucked away under a gorgeous live oak canopy with stunning...

5 Tips for Making a Smaller Bedroom Seem Bigger
Feb 16, 2021
5 Tips for Making a Smaller Bedroom Seem Bigger

Whether living in 1,000 square feet or 400 square feet, there is a prevalent need...

Top 5 Things to Do as a Non-Resident at The Villages in Florida
Feb 01, 2021
Top 5 Things to Do as a Non-Resident at The Villages in Florida

Life at Lakeshore by Simple Life includes a 3,500 sq. ft. amenity center with a pool, fitness...

5 Reasons To Move To Lakeshore by Simple Life Today
Jan 16, 2021
5 Reasons To Move To Lakeshore by Simple Life Today

Florida has long been a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts, active adults, and retirees, who...

5 Ways To Live Simpler Right Away
Jan 04, 2021
5 Ways To Live Simpler Right Away

What makes a simple life? At Simple Life small cottage home communities in Oxford, Florida,...

Lakeshore’s 3,500 sq. ft. Amenity Center is Almost Here
Nov 18, 2020
Lakeshore’s 3,500 sq. ft. Amenity Center is Almost Here

At Simple Life we understand that “community” can play an essential role in one’s sense...

Nov 05, 2020
Lakeshore Unveils Amenity Center Design and Features as Construction Moves Full Speed Ahead

The first residents moved in and amenities are on track to open early February 2021...

How To Store Your Adventure Gear In A Tiny Cottage House
Sep 17, 2020
How To Store Your Adventure Gear In A Tiny Cottage House

Downsizing is never easy, but it can be especially overwhelming when it involves outdoor recreation...

Simple Life Envoys
Aug 31, 2020
Simple Life Envoys

A collection of Simple Life homes is more than a neighborhood, it’s a community. Life...

Introducing the Studio Shed by Simple Life
Jul 31, 2020
Introducing the Studio Shed by Simple Life

From storage and workspaces to home libraries and art studios, the Studio Shed is the backyard shed,...

Jul 15, 2020
HBA of Lake-Sumter Debuts First Tiny Home Ever Included in the Prestigious Parade of Homes™

Success in America was once measured by the bigger job, the bigger car, the bigger...

Jul 02, 2020
Living in a Tiny Home Means More Time Outside!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends only 7% of their...

May 12, 2020
Discover Flavors of the World Without Leaving Home

For most of us, some of the best travel memories include discovering the flavors and...

5 Ways to Be a Helper from Home
May 01, 2020
5 Ways to Be a Helper from Home

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my...

Apr 21, 2020
Simple Lemon Pasta Recipe … Simple Pleasures

Comfort food. Family recipes. Breaking bread. Food has always been an important part of what...

Apr 17, 2020
Simple Life’s Lakeshore Landing Amenity Center Opens to Rave Reviews and a Red-hot Real Estate Market

Oxford, Fla. – (April XX, 2020) Simple Life, the company that believes you should live...

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Apr 02, 2020
5 Tips to Stay-at-Home in a Tiny House

Across the globe people are being asked to “stay at home” in order to help...

Feb 15, 2020
Living a Smarter and Simpler Life at Lakeshore

Since we are living in the prime time of technology development, high-speed internet is included...

Dec 31, 2019
5 Tiny House New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

Turning a tiny house into a happy home is the key to a happy life...

Dec 13, 2019
5 Gifts for a Simple Life in a Tiny House

Living in a small space does not mean living with less. However, no matter if...

Dec 02, 2019
How To Host Holidays In Your Small House

There is nothing quite like gathering in the company of family and friends over the...

Nov 15, 2019
Hendersonville, North Carolina named one of Trip Advisor’s Favorite Charming Small Towns in the South

Recently named to TripAdvisor’s list of 12 Charming Small Towns In The South With Warm Hospitality...

The Ideal Home Base for Your RV Lifestyle
Nov 01, 2019
The Ideal Home Base for Your RV Lifestyle

Home is where your RV is – the tried and true motto of many RV...

How To Design Your Snowbird Lifestyle
Oct 15, 2019
How To Design Your Snowbird Lifestyle

Are you considering the snowbird lifestyle? It makes sense! Many adults are desiring more months...

Sep 23, 2019
Tips to Avoid the Overwhelm of Downsizing

Got a lot of stuff you need to get rid of? Can’t figure out how to...

Sep 11, 2019
Choosing a Cottage Home That’s Right For You

Transitioning into a tiny home cottage can be a freeing and fun process! But it...

Aug 16, 2019
Downsizing and Decluttering 101

It is inevitable. One way or another, you’re going to downsize. It is part of...

Jul 09, 2019
Empty Nesters Making the Big Switch to Tiny Home Living in NC

Life happens in stages. Childhood, school, jobs, marriages, children of our own, and so it...

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Jun 27, 2019
Working From a Tiny Home

People are often drawn to tiny houses by their charming, unique exteriors and undeniably minimalistic...

May 31, 2019
Understanding Park Model Homes

The modern tiny house movement has been trending for the better part of the last decade. From...

Apr 18, 2019
Perfect Weather and Perfect Pricing – Enjoy Spring in North Carolina in our Zion Model

Springtime in Simple Life communities in Flat Rock, North Carolina has residents planting flowers, gardening...

Apr 15, 2019
New Simple Life Florida Community Named – Lakeshore

It’s official! Simple Life is naming its flagship Florida community Lakeshore! Located just outside The Villages,...

Mar 20, 2019
A Lifestyle You Can Feel Good About – Small Footprint, Big Impact

Builders and developers have spent the past several years trying to design their own blueprint...

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Jan 31, 2019
Simple Life Officially Launches Its Newest Tiny Home Community In Central Florida

Simple Life’s newest community Lakeshore, which will provide 223+ tiny homes in a stunning, well...

Dec 22, 2018
A Sweet and Simple Holiday at Simple Life

Simple Life community? It’s actually quite simple! Our residents enjoy just the right amount of holiday...

Dec 20, 2018
Simple Life is Leading the Market for Desirable Tiny Home Living

While it may appear that Americans are working harder and wanting more out of life,...

Nov 15, 2018
A Subtle Start to a Simple Life

There’s something to be said for the ease of moving into a pre-owned home in...

Oct 30, 2018
A Simple But Exciting Life in Hendersonville, North Carolina

Simple Life because we hope that our residents will embrace a life less hectic than...

Sep 04, 2018
Simple Life Sponsor of North Carolina Apple Festival

The temperatures in The Crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains are crisp and the area...