Harbor Village is a platted subdivision on water located within the Big Mineral finger of the lake in the largest cove on Lake Texoma, Paradise Cove. Andrea Bedell with Ebby Halliday Realtors is the Realtor for the floating community. Bedell explained that floating homes are not a new concept overall but are unique for the area.
Floating homes have long been popular in the Pacific Northwest. The owner of Flowing Wells Resort and Marina had the idea for floating homes on Lake Texoma after visiting the Northwest. Harbor Village sits within the larger resort.
The resort and marina features covered wet slips up to 60 feet, extra-wide walkways, private decks, fuel dock, full-time mechanic, boat brokerage and rentals. Three hundred wooded acres maintained with lakefront cottages comprises the land portion of the gated community.
Lake Texoma is uniquely suited to the 150 home floating community due to its large size and deep waters fed by a two-river system. Eight hundred miles of shoreline outline the 93,000-acre lake with beach islands in the middle. With the recent record-breaking August rainfall, Bedell said the floating homes are the perfect solution for lake homeowners.
“It is actually anchored with a breakwater system that is 16 feet wide and 10 feet deep,” Bedell said. “It is floating concrete. The homes are four feet above that. During the flood, we float straight up with no damage. It doesn’t matter if it’s a flood or a drought, owners are still able to use their homes.”
Bedell explained that the majority of those living in the homes are either retired or empty-nesters who are looking for property with excellent lake views and no maintenance. Residents pay a monthly community fee that includes all exterior maintenance, substructure maintenance, gated entrance and round-the-clock, on-site security.
There are currently two pre-owned and two new construction float homes for sale located at 2, 5, 12 and 13 Admiral Way in Pottsboro. Residents and visitors are greeted by a large metal and stone covered structure leading to the golf-cart accessible ramp that connects the homes to land.
Arranged in rows, the homes feature an exterior rustic log cabin look. The 1750-square-foot homes contain three bedrooms and three bathrooms with insulated walls, ceiling and floor. Bedell said all properties are energy efficient with Energy Star rated appliances and efficient windows, water heaters and air conditioning systems.
Front window-lined walls face out onto the lake situated to look out onto the setting sun. The front door leads into the open concept floor-plan with living area, kitchen and dining area. Stainless steel appliances finish out each property. New construction buyers are welcomed to pick from a variety of granite, flooring, paint, stain and other interior finishes.
Bedell said some owners prefer to keep the homes rustic while others use finishing details to create a more Cape Cod style.
The master bedroom includes en-suite bathroom with dual sinks, garden bathtub and separate shower. The granite countertops, hardwood flooring, and other finishes are continued throughout the homes. Each home includes a separate utility room.
Customized features that can be added for depth and value to the home include screened in porch, 10 feet of additional decking and a boat lift. Bedell explained that residents are able to make adjustments to the homes based on their needs.
The outdoor living is the primary appeal to the subdivision. Each home is outfitted with an outdoor concrete living space and slip that can be modified to fit each owner’s boat. The standard 50-foot slip is 14 by 50 feet but it can be adjusted for larger boats.
The stretch of homes displays outdoor chairs and tables on the front porches and side slips where residents are able to take in an uninhibited view of the lake when not cruising around on their boat. The picturesque living resembles those found in travel magazines but is a reality for Harbor Village residents.