Lake Wales offers small-town living and a close-knit community with typical Southern charm. Entrenched in the Old Florida lifestyle, this city offers a peek into what the state was like before the big city modernization of places like Miami and Tampa. You can enjoy the gardens and 205-ft. tower bell at the 1927 Historic Bok Sanctuary or check out the many murals that adorn downtown buildings. Take a drive up Spook Hill, an optical illusion that allows you to put your car in neutral and coast down what appears to be an uphill slope. The pelicans and other wildlife that are common in the region are found in abundance here, where the absence of big city development has left them to fly free.

The sunshine and warm weather of Florida are easily enjoyed in the town of Lake Wales. With several homes prices at less than $100,000 and some even as low as $35,000, it's safe to say that this city offers the most affordable way to enjoy lakefront living with the mild year-round weather that Florida is famous for.

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