“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

Once the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Martin has become one of the most visually striking and serene bodies of water in the Southeast. Located in Tallapoosa, Elmore, and Coosa Counties, Lake Martin has long been a favorite weekend getaway for people throughout Alabama. The lake offers a stunning array of outdoor activities—fishing, water skiing, boating, swimming—or simply an opportunity to get away on one of the most pristine bodies of water in the nation.

LakeTown is a vision for lakeside development with the intention of preserving the natural environment as much as possible while creating a connection between homes, thus creating a vibrant, dynamic community across the lake. The first two LakeTown neighborhoods—Kennebec and Talisi Cove—bring together some of the most forward-thinking leaders in architecture and community development. Alabama Power, Nequette Architecture & Design, Daniel Communities, Harris Doyle Homes, Lake Martin Voice Realty, and FRED Communication by Design have partnered on the LakeTown project with the belief that the lake isn’t just a weekend destination but a purposeful part of life.

“We began to ask ourselves the question, ‘what if we were to take properties along the lake and create distinct, yet intertwined destinations?’ What could this become 20 years from now?”  says Derick Belden, President of FRED, a Birmingham-based communications firm handling the LakeTown marketing efforts. Belden says the inspiration for LakeTown actually came not from another lake community, but the beach communities on 30A in Florida. “We envision LakeTown to be to Lake Martin and possibly other Alabama lakes what communities like Seaside, Alys Beach, Watercolor, and Rosemary Beach are to 30A,” explains Belden. “30A started with Seaside in 1982, so, LakeTown is a long-term concept: vision first, then communities.”

LakeTown, at its core, explores the notion that water both moves and connects people. It’s the thoroughfare that people travel to see one another and go to the market. It’s why people go to the lake and why they return again and again. Water brings both solace and adventure, solitude and community. Whether by hiking in one of the public lakeside preserves or fishing in a favorite spot or making a home in one of LakeTown’s communities, the goal is to make the lake open and enjoyed by all. LakeTown communities are inclusive, open, and developed to create places where people want to be for generations to come.

Kennebec was the first of the LakeTown communities to launch. It broke ground in late 2017 and eleven homesites have already sold. The community features 41 heavily wooded, large lots all with ample lake frontage, ranging in cost from $134,900 to $669,900. “We’re returning to the roots of lake development.” The homes in Kennebec will be custom designed by a carefully selected group of architects, such as Nequette, Summerour Architects, and Paul Bates Architects–renowned architect and Lake Martin style-setter, Bobby McAlpine chose Kennebec to be the site of his new personal home earlier this year. “The concept is to design a home nestled into the forest that hugs the land, embraces the water, and becomes a generational retreat,” says Belden. “We’re returning to the roots of lake development.”

Talisi Cove, the second planned LakeTown community, features smaller lots and homes, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on detail. On the contrary, buyers will choose from six richly detailed, cottage-like homes designed by Nequette Architecture & Design and built by Birmingham-based Harris Doyle Homes. The community is planned around an expansive lawn, dockside pool, walkways, and a community boat dock, all designed to create a sense of community. Fully built homes at Talisi Cove begin in the mid-$300s. “At Talisi Cove, we wanted to create a turnkey product for an audience of lake buyers who don’t want to go through the architectural design process,” says Belden.

Regardless of which of these first two communities buyers choose, LakeTown offers a vision for a vibrant, sustainable community in a peaceful lake setting, free of obtrusive signage, traffic congestion, and noisy diversions. “LakeTown is the natural evolution of the land, and what we believe lake development should be,” says Belden. “We’re creating a community in which you can enjoy what the lake has to offer–-on your own terms.”

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