Place matters. According to a 2019 study by the American Enterprise Institute, people who live in communities rich in amenities – such as shops, restaurants, parks, recreation – are happier, more engaged in the world around them, and most importantly, less lonely. Community plays an essential role in one’s sense of belonging, purpose, and well-being and a lifestyle rich with friends and neighbors is key. Recently Simple Life, the community operator that believes you should live large and carry less, added lifestyle expert Marc Tilton as General Manager of Lakeshore and we couldn’t be more excited about his plans for crafting a unique living experience for our Lakeshore residents.

Lakeshore is a new, 220-home cottage community located on Lake Andrew in Oxford, Florida. The community is a collection of space-efficient tiny house cottages that provide an amenity-rich community lifestyle at a lower overall cost. Tilton’s hospitality pedigree, which includes the Walt Disney World Resort and Marriott, as well as the management of the multi-unit high-end steakhouses Shula’s and Ruth’s Chris, is the perfect addition to Lakeshore. He is full of life, energy, and vision, and is sure to bring a certain joie de vivre to each day at Lakeshore.

Says Simple Life president Mike McCann, “Simple Life and the entire Lakeshore community are thrilled to have Marc leading the development of Lakeshore’s lifestyle experience. He has always had a passion for guest services and will enrich the living experience with expertise from some of the world’s best-known brands.”

Along with the warm central Florida temperatures, the centerpiece of Lakeshore is the nearly 2,000 square foot community pavilion perfect for large gatherings, along with private nooks for focused tasks or intimate conversation. The center features three buildings, a pool, and a gazebo – all with brilliant views of Lake Andrew. Interior Designer Linda Houghton, skilled in creating high-end golf clubs and resorts, has been engaged to appoint the space.

A mature three-trunk live oak welcomes visitors to the main pavilion where residents can socialize at the indoor-outdoor bar, which will serve high-end coffee or tea, or gather in the gaming room to play or watch TV together. There is also an open-air porch with retractable screens to enjoy the gorgeous view of the lake. For the active resident, a 1,448 square foot Fitness Center includes an aerobics and yoga studio with daily classes as well as weight and cardio room. A covered pavilion overlooks the 30 by 70-foot walk-in Pool with an adjacent sun lover’s deck.

The cottage community also boasts significant greenspace throughout, and Tilton will use both assets to create a lifestyle focused on wellness and outdoor living. Creating a constantly evolving and welcoming community, Tilton’s plans include a golf league, art and technology classes, a gardening club, wine tastings/pairings, and cooking classes focused on a healthy lifestyle.

The wellness living and outdoor lifestyle of the Lakeshore community is just minutes from the Villages® – a neighborhood of thoughtfully designed and quality crafted 1 and 2-bedroom small cottage homes from 399 sq.ft. to 1,058 sq.ft. – with easy access to Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The Central Florida climate is perfect for anyone looking to escape snowy winters for year-round relaxation and activity.

If you’re ready to call Lakeshore home and want to schedule a visit in Oxford, Florida, please call our Sales Preview Center at 352.702.3266 or email lakeshore@simple-life.com. We also invite you to LIKE us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or follow us on Houzz.