The custom homes of East Shores blend with and complement the natural setting of this private gated-community nestled on the eastern shore of Garner Lake.
Residences vary from modern lodges by the lake to Cape Cods and the traditional elegance of the South, all uniquely woven into a community of just over 70 homes.
The lake's clear waters provide vistas treasured by residents, both lakeside and off-shore. The changing seasons display beautifully across the waters and colorful sunsets, sunrises, and a moon you can almost touch rarely fail to delight.
The East Shores community began with Lakeland Amusement Park. Conceived in the late 1950's by Louis Garner, the lake's namesake, and built in the early 60's, the park was promoted as "the world's largest playground" and "the Disneyland of the Mid-South." It featured a 240 acre lake, a mile-long skyride traversing its length, a paddlewheeler plying its waters, the Huff''n'Puff steam train traveling a south-end circuit complete with moonshining bandits, a dozen amusement rides, an outdoor concert pavilion, and virtually every amenity Garner could think of. Thousands of Mid-Southerners spent many happy days at the park.
When the park hit hard times in the 70s and closed in 1977, Garner and investors turned the prime lakeside property into the upscale gated-community of East Shores. Garner was among its first residents.
Today few remants of the amusement park remain within the quiet grounds. You can see the placement of the amusement rides and other amenities here.
For more of the history of Lakeland Amusement Park and pictures from its heyday, go to lakelandlake.com.
East Shores is blessed with a natural environment that makes you feel you're on vacation every day.
Entering the unique and artistic gates off Canada Road and crossing beside the relaxing clear waters of the lake unfolds a natural wonderland of flora and fauna. Ducks and geese, deer, great blue heron, eagles, otters, and a menagerie of other wildlife share surroundings as beautiful as nature intended them.
So close and yet so far from the chaos of the city.