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Community Spotlight - Marina Bay on Lake Lanier

Marina Bay on Lake Lanier
Published on October 4, 2018

When it comes to a peaceful, serene and healthy lifestyle, it’s hard to beat living near water.  Water has a magical way of pacifying the soul and enriching the spirit and has been proven to enhance an overall sense of well-being by reducing stress.  Add the component of water sports like fishing, boating, kayaking, water skiing, or paddle-boarding and the formula is complete. For the lucky ones who live on a lake, this means watching the ebb and flow of the water tickling on the shoreline as exotic wildlife frolic in the lush terrain surrounding the lake. This is one of the many reasons why Georgia lakefront property is always in high demand.

Just outside of Gainesville, Georgia and a little over an hour from Atlanta, Lake Lanier offers a perfect haven for active adults and outdoor thrill seekers of all ages. Located in the foothills of the picturesque Appalachian Mountains, Lake Lanier is a massive crystal blue lake that sprawls over 38,000 acres with 700 miles of shoreline and is the largest lake in the Southeast. Fed by the pristine waters of the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers, the lake was created with the completion of the Buford Dam in 1956.

While several million tourists visit annually, those that call Lake Lanier home enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking and camping right outside their backdoor 365 days a year.  There are 45 parks and 10 campgrounds to enjoy along the shores of the lake.  Golf courses, hiking trails through the north Georgia Mountains along the Appalachian Trail, local wineries, great eateries and awesome year-round festivals makes this the prime location to search for Lake Lanier homes for sale.

Fall is a beautiful time of the year to explore this majestic region as this is one of the most captivating places to experience the change of seasons with a rainbow of color as the trees transcend from green to yellow, to orange and red with the backdrop of the Appalachian mountains. It is truly magnificent to experience and photographers dream.

One premier Georgia lakefront property to explore can be found at Marina Bay on Lake Lanier who was proudly honored with a Bliss Award for “2018 Best Lake Community of the Year” for creating a stunning master planned community on the shores of Lake Lanier.  This trophy property sprawls across 386 acres of lush greenery and is built along 3.5 miles of the naturally preserved shoreline.

The lake community offers lots of open green space and community parks. The rolling hill topography offers a wide variety of home options with a total of 399 homes planned.  Whether it is a custom-built dream home, inviting cozy cottage or tennis villa next to the tennis center, buyers have a wide variety of choices. Some of the home sites are lakefront or have lake and mountain views. The artisan architectural designs are impressive, the property’s landscaping is immaculate, and the amenities are spectacular.

Building a home at Lake Lanier is made seamless with some of the top builders in the region who have been added to the community’s preferred builder program. From the minute you enter the gates of this Nantucket-themed community, you’ll realize the true essence of luxury living.  The wide sidewalks and tree-lined streets are welcoming, the homes are meticulously designed including Cape Cod, Craftsman and Country French architectural styles and the lake views are amazing. It’s a perfect place to escape the hustle of big city living and enjoy a resort style life all provided within the gates of this Georgia lakefront property.

Living on Lake Lanier is a vacation every single day.  Boaters love the convenience of having the Marina Bay marina with 280 private slots available for residents.  There is also dry storage for RV’s, boats and trailers.  Easy access to the lake provides endless hours of entertainment for folks living at Marina Bay. Lake Lanier has 9 marinas, many offer exquisite waterfront dining for a perfect moonlit excursion on the water to sample some freshly resourced cuisine while sipping some refreshing Georgian wine from one of the many wineries that are scattered throughout the region as the sun sets over the azure background of the lake.

The Cape Cod-themed lodge is a spectacular 14,000 square foot clubhouse and the center of activity at Marina Bay.  It offers a warming grand room with an impressive fireplace for residents to gather and share the days adventures.  Residents can also enjoy a gourmet dinner with neighbors at the fully equipped chef’s kitchen making this amenity one of the social hubs of the community.  Play cards after dinner in the terrace level game room or just sipping a spectacular glass of Georgian wine while watching the sun set over the lake are great ways to end the day at Marina Bay.

There is also a resort-style free form pool that features a summer kitchen and a fireside pavilion that offers relaxation after a full day of fun living at the lake.  For staying fit, there is a fully equipped wellness center that offers state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, free weights and TV with incredible views of Lake Lanier and the pool adjoining the clubhouse.   

Tennis is another popular way to enjoy the beautiful scenery, bond with neighbors and stay healthy in the great outdoors at Marina Bay.  There are three lit courts available for day and night play as well as an arena for spectators to cheer on friends at this community amenity.  In addition to tennis, a full baseball diamond is available at Horseshoe Park. The park is the centerpiece of the property and provides another resource for getting exercise and enjoying quality time with friends and family as well as a kid’s playground for spending time with the little ones.   Marina Bay has alway been the talk of the town and Lake Lanier realtors. Here’s the impressive list of amenities:


  • Gated community
  • 14,000 square foot lakefront New England-style clubhouse
  • Resort-style swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor entertainment pavilion
  • Tennis village with 3 tournament-level lighted courts and grandstand seating
  • Private deep water 280 slip marina with power, water, and 11-acre park for boat storage
  • Seven rolling boat docks are planned in total, 4 docks are in place
  • Community parks with playgrounds, benches and walking paths
  • Outdoor amphitheater and great lawn
  • Pet Play Area

Building your dream home at Marina Bay on Lake Lanier is a breeze.  The most highly respected builders of the region are on board to construct a home that is tailored to meet the needs of your family. Whether it is a villa, cottage or waterfront estate, the preferred home builders affiliated with Marina Bay take great pride in customer satisfaction when it comes to creating the perfectly designed living space.

You can find existing Lake Lanier homes for sale ranging from the upper $300k’s to over a million.  Homesites can be found here ranging from quarter of an acre to just under a full acre with prices ranging from the upper $90k’s to the mid $600k’s.  The Tennis Village offers low maintenance villas priced from the $400k’s to $500k’s.  No matter what type of home you desire, Marina Bay is a one stop shop for resort living on Lake Lanier and is only just 20 minutes from the happening town of Gainesville.

The proximity of Marina Bay is ideal. Close enough, yet far enough away.  Just 20 minutes from the gates, there is a colorful downtown awaiting.  Culture, fabulous restaurant venues, retail shops and entertainment provide the perfect way to spend the day or evening outside the gates of paradise found at Lake Lanier.  For cultural enrichment, there is; The Arts Council, Inc., The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, The Gainesville Ballet Company, The Gainesville Theatre Alliance and The Voices of North Georgia that all provide exceptional performances throughout the year.  Art lovers enjoy The Quinlan Visual Arts Center dedicated to interchanging local exhibits, art classes and workshops.

For fine and casual dining, there are a wide selection of eclectic eateries, wineries and breweries to choose from for residents of Marina Bay.  Here are several to choose from in downtown:

  • 2 Dog Cafe: 317 Spring St SE, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Avocado’s Restaurant: 109 N W Bradford St, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Johnny’s BBQ: 1710 Cleveland Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Poor Richard’s Restaurant: 1702 Park Hill Dr, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Sherry’s Bait and Barbeque: 2807 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville, GA 30506
  • Blue Fin: 1642 Park Hill Dr, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Natural Juice Café: 2480 Limestone Pkwy, Gainesville, GA 30506
  • Scott’s Downtown: 131 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Vine and Cheese: 1290 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Tap It Brewery: 1850 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30501
  • Downtown Drafts: 115 Bradford St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501

Shopping options in Gainesville and surrounding areas is another benefit of living at Marina Bay.  The Lakeshore Mall, Dawsonville Outlets and the Mall of Georgia are all within a short driving distance and provide a great way to spend the day and offer all the convenience of big city life.  Major retailers can also be found here.  Walmart, Old Navy, Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy and Marshall’s are just a few of the stores that can be accessed in Gainesville. Living on the lake provides the resource to get away yet have it all.  Folks looking for a better life have found Marina Bay to be ‘the place’ to live with resort amenities, healthy living, a great social network and close-proximity to everything needed for a rich and fulfilling lifestyle.

Georgia lakefront property is prime right now and there is no better time to shop for Lake Lanier homes for sale than now during the fall foliage season.  The scenery of the mountains combined with the lake are exquisite.

Need the recommendation of a Lake Lanier realtors? Talk with the person who knows the community best. Call Susan Verlender directly at 404-542-3211.