| If you’re in search of lake homes for sale in Texas. consider one of the state’s most prized big little lakes: Lake Cypress Springs, situated in Northeast Texas, tucked into the Piney Woods of Franklin County. Several charming towns and accommodating public parks encircle Lake Cypress Springs, offering premium recreation, entertainment, and leisure all year long.
Christy Orr, from Coldwell Banker Lakehaven tells us:
"As a waterfront resident of Lake Cypress Springs I can personally attest to it’s incredible beauty!! Lake Cypress Springs is 3,461 acres of picturesque scenery and provides the best of both worlds, fishing, recreation and relaxation! Lake Cypress Springs is spring fed, has approximately 44.5 miles of shoreline adorned with majestic Pines, is 7 miles long and is 56 feet at its deepest area near the damn separating Lake Cypress Springs from Lake Bob Sandlin. Its water shed is approximately 75 miles. There are more than 20 Subdivisions on the lake, some of which are gated with Homeowners Associations. Lake Cypress Springs is under the jurisdiction of The Franklin County Water District and is Leasehold Estate. The combination of Game Wardens, Water District Lake Patrol and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office add layers of protection for its residents and guests. Only 110 miles from the Dallas Metroplex it’s not too far for that vacation every weekend!"
As its name suggests, Lake Cypress Springs is fed by springs, which attribute to the water’s clean blue appearance and continually warm temperatures. Hovering at around 72 degrees year round, the lake is always inviting. Anglers are just as attracted to Lake Cypress Springs as swimmers and boaters because they have an entire section of water all to themselves. Fishing-only zones allow anglers to spread out, settle in, and really savor the hunt. You’ll be impressed by the size of the red ear and bluegill sunfish, and you’re bound to hook white and black crappie on the lake. You’re also likely to catch catfish and walleye, in addition to spotted, white, and largemouth bass.
Lake homes for sale reside along 44.5 miles of stunning forested shoreline that wind around Lake Cypress Spring’s 3,461 acres of pristine water. Dotted by lakefront properties, public boat ramps, marinas, and campgrounds, the beach is the place to be. The Piney Woods may surround the lake, but the beach is always kept clean of invading timber and brush. Lie out in the sun, take a dip in the welcomingly warm water, or hop aboard the water toy of your choice. Five public parks host hiking trails, campsites, and RV areas for your convenience.
In addition to exploring the lake itself, you may like to look to the sky for a bit of bird watching: eagles soar across the landscape in the winter months, while other migratory flocks frequent the area throughout the year. You can also spend an afternoon in a friendly game of golf at one of Lake Cypress Spring’s local courses. One in particular, Cypress Creek Country Club, is known for offering nine holes of immaculate grounds and sweeping landscapes.
If you’re interested in living on a Lake Cypress Springs golf course, check out the homes for sale that are near this lake and others, on our Texas Golf Course Homes on GolfHomes.com
Mount Vernon is a short drive northwest of Lake Cypress Springs, and it is a popular destination for anyone that appreciates fine cuisine, historic architecture, and boutique shopping. All in all, Mount Vernon is a perfect day-trip detour for lake goers.
Lake Cypress Springs is a 3,450 acre lake, adjacent to Lake Bob Sandlin (9,450 acres) and Lake Monticello (2,000 acres).
Lake Cypress Springs is located about seven miles south of Mt. Vernon in the rolling hills and "Piney Woods" area of Northeast Texas. Mt. Vernon is situated at the 146 exit on I-30, about 100 miles east of Dallas and 80 miles west of Texarkana. Most people find that they can be at the lake within about 90 minutes from the Loop 635/Town East Mall area in Dallas.
Lake Cypress Springs is situated in the southeastern portion of Franklin County, the fourth smallest county in Texas. With a population of about 8,700, Franklin County has an economy based primarily on agriculture and petroleum production. Recently, the economy of the area has received a significant boost from the manufacturing and distribution facilities near Mt. Vernon.
Lake Cypress Springs covers about 3,500 acres with a shoreline surrounded in pines and hardwood trees. The lake is spring-fed, clear of pollution, and cleared of timber and brush to promote watersports and recreation. There are portions of the lake that are zoned for fishing only, and fishermen are attracted to the abundant bass, crappie, and catfish. Annual rainfall in the area is about 45 inches per year, with temperature extremes about the same as those in Dallas.
Owned and operated by the Franklin County Water District (FCWD), Lake Cypress Springs is NOT a Corps of Engineers lake as are those surrounding the Metroplex. Instead of wide-ranging variations in water level commonly associated with Corps lakes, Cypress Springs enjoys a relatively constant water level, generally fluctuating about two feet.
Property Ownership on Cypress Springs is leasehold estate, a 99 year lease that began from the date that the individual subdivision was established. The leases are renewable, and most expire around the year 2071. By maintaining fee simple ownership of the lake waterfront, the water district is assured a regulatory authority over the lake. The water district directors have used this authority to establish a set of minimum standards that have ensured the character and quality of the individually-owned waterfront properties around the lake. As a result of these strictly-enforced regulations, property owners at Lake Cypress Springs have seen the value of their investments consistently increase over the past several years.
Waterfront lots are restricted to a minimum of 1/2 acre of area, and each must have at least 100 feet of lake frontage. Waterfront homes must be at least 1,000 square feet in size, and homes or any other improvement such as boathouses or retainer walls require a building permit from the FCWD. Homes can be built to within 10 feet of the water's edge, unless a greater setback distance is required by the restrictions of the individual development. Improvements built over the water, such as piers and boathouses, are assessed a yearly lease fee by the FCWD of $0.20/sf. Water for irrigation can be pumped from the lake for an annual fee of $100. Drinking water in the lake area is provided by the Cypress Springs Water Supply Corporation, and is a combination of treated lake water and deep well water. Waterfront lots surrounding the lake have a leasehold estate type of ownership, similar to much of the property ownership in Hawaii. The lease arrangement with the Franklin County Water District gives property owners full rights, but allows the water district to create protective restrictions and to police those rules and ensure compliance.
There are about 20 residential subdivisions around Lake Cypress Springs, six of which have security gates. However, there are some excellent properties in other developments, and security is not an issue in the fourth smallest county in Texas. There are approximately 800 waterfront homes on Lake Cypress Springs. Homes on the lake range in value from about $60,000 to over $750,000, with an average at $150,000 to $200,000. Waterfront lots currently range in price from about $15,000 for a lot in a dredged cove to $100,000 + for a prime, main-lake location. Most of the residential developments have property owners associations (POA's) which collect monthly dues ranging from $7.50 to $15.00 to maintain roads, common areas, and security.