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As the weekend arrives, the lucky ones retreat to the shores of Lake Martin to bask in the beauty of the water and enjoy uninterrupted leisure. The man-made lake in Alabama, known for its 40,000 acres of water, quiet coves and forested landscape, serves as a respite for those looking to disconnect. Two hours or less from Atlanta, Birmingham, and Auburn, the beloved destination has beckoned guests for generations, but it has never been as popular as it is today. With an increase in remote working, lake-goers are taking full advantage of extended weekends and the ease of getting away. Last year was a year of record real estate sales at the lake, according to Founder and President of Canvasback Management David Nelson, who is behind Lake Martin’s newest development: White Oak Landing.

With the arrival of the new White Oak Landing community, homebuyers have more opportunities to find their perfect three-day getaway or full-time home.

Aerial view of Lake Martin

White Oak Landing brings additional opportunities to create a peaceful retreat on Lake Martin in Alabama. Cottage-style homes are being constructed, and the floor plans are designed by Mitch Ginn of L. Mitchell Ginn and Associates, Michael O’Kelley of O’Kelley Architecture, and Larry Furlong of Larry Furlong Fine Residential Architecture.

White Oak Landing delivers lakefront living at an accessible price point. Crafted out of low-maintenance, quality materials, the cottage-style homes fall within a price point that is more affordable than other developments at Lake Martin. The three-, four- and five-bedroom plans by home designers and architects who specialize in lakeside design give homebuyers the choice of nine floor plans; homeowners can select one of the designs and customize it to their liking. “We want to use these plans and make adjustments to create our clients’ dream homes and help them get a great value for a lakefront property,” David explains. “Our plans help you get started; then you can customize for how you want to experience life on the lake.”

A four-bedroom plan with a terrace level designed by Mitch Ginn is by far the most popular option. The 2,740 square feet of heated and cooled space features an open kitchen and living space with two suites on the main level. The design also incorporates two guest bedrooms, a bar and rec room, and a walkout to the lake. In White Oak Landing, Pella windows, quartz countertops, custom cabinets, GE appliances and a dock are included in every floor plan’s base price, and upgrades are available. Some popular upgrades are the addition of wood and stone materials in the central living space and the inclusion of a fire pit near the water.

Aerial view of Lake Martin and White Oak Landing

Located within Alexander City limits, White Oak Landing is only a few minutes from Highway 280, which creates direct access to Birmingham (75 minutes northwest), Auburn (35 minutes east) and Atlanta (two hours northeast).

Lake Martin at sunset

The new homes embrace the surrounding natural landscape, and the builders and developers work to preserve as much of the existing beauty as possible.

Each lot is surrounded by natural landscaping and comes with a minimum of 100 feet of waterfront property. “When we found the property, it stood out for a few reasons: the mature trees, access to Alexander City, and a less crowded lakefront,” David says of the White Oak Landing location. The White Oak Landing community lives within the Alexander City limits, which gives residents police and fire protection, plus easy access by car to grocery stores and restaurants.

These benefits are what drew the Hill family from Auburn to White Oak Landing. Ann and Denise Hill built a one-level cottage for its natural setting and the promise of quality construction. “We were impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of the developer, builder, superintendent, and especially the client coordinator, who was our go-to person for any decisions or problems that came up throughout the construction project,” Ann says. Only half an hour from their hometown, the new lake home offers easy access for friends in Auburn and Birmingham. “We love Dennis Creek [in White Oak Landing] — it’s quiet, has calm water, and is a great place to do water sports because it is not as crowded as other areas on the lake.”

The White Oak Landing homes are an extension of the landscape, and open living spaces flow outdoors. Relaxing on the patio, sunbathing on the deck or dining under the stars are simple pleasures that take place every day on Lake Martin. Homes are characterized by comfortable spaces designed for gathering, fostering the ease of enjoying peaceful days and relaxing evenings on the lake. It’s the design details and the unmatched setting that create waterfront destinations meant for weekend getaways, extended vacations or living full-time on lake time.

Interior of home at White Oak Landing

At this time last year, only two houses were complete, with two more nearing completion. Now, six houses are finished, 10 are under construction, and six are finalizing plans. The north end of the lake is becoming popular for its quiet coves and easy access to town.

Porch looking over Lake Martin

The interiors boast fine finishes and approachable layouts, but the most important parts of the homes are the outdoor living spaces. Porches and docks create opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends to enjoy the picturesque setting.

Aerial view of White Oak Landing living room

Homebuyers are presented with nine options for floor plans, and they can add upgrades throughout the home to make it their own. Single-level and multi-level floor plans feature three, four or five bedrooms.

Stationary dock on Lake Martin

Every home comes with a minimum of 100 feet of waterfront property plus a stationary dock.

Aerial view of White Oak Landing home surrounded by green trees

Create your dream lake house on the shores of Lake Martin within the White Oak Landing community. We won’t blame you if you never want to leave!

David says, “We have put a great team together — from those who interact with our homebuyers to those who are building the houses. People should come talk to us to see all we have to offer.” Find more information, including renderings for all nine floor, plans at Complete-package pricing begins at $575,000, and the building process takes 11 to 13 months.

This article is sponsored by White Oak Landing. All photography provided by White Oak Landing.

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