Long Cove: The Ultimate in Quick Getaways

What if there were a place just a little over an hour’s drive from Plano where you could escape from life’s stressors every weekend? A place where there’s fishing, golf, tennis, boating, a marina, lakeside fire pits, beautiful sunsets, great food, hiking trails, plenty to occupy the kids and special events to boot.

Long Cove, situated on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake in Henderson and Kaufman Counties, is just such a spot. This community was started by Don McNamara, the developer behind popular Dallas neighborhoods Cityplace and the West Village in Uptown.

Contemporary Cottage Willow Model is one of three designs available on Long Cove’s 40-acre park and cove with waterfront custom homes, harbor front townhomes offering concierge service, lake access, luxury pools and golf oasis. Photos courtesy Long Cove

Don is a longtime resident of Cedar Creek Lake and has a vested interest in making Long Cove the perfect family-friendly destination for residents making the short trip from DFW. His goal was to create a luxury lakeside community close to Dallas that has all the comforts of home without any of the maintenance. 

“Longcovians escape to the lake all year long,” Long Cove Marketing Director Ashleigh Carlton said. “Because we have 1,200 acres and so many ways to play, there’s a nice balance of community socializing and getting lost in nature away from the city. There’s plenty to explore and discover at Long Cove.”

In Henderson Bay, prospective homebuyers will find wooded lakefront home sites with rolling lawns, beachfront fire pits, beach volleyball and hiking trails connecting all the neighborhoods. 

First-time visitors can take a shoreline tour, where a pontoon boat carries you to see the sites with a lakeside view, followed by a jaunt around the community on a golf cart. 

For those unsure about the commitment to buy, Long Cove offers a three-day, two-night package, the Stay and Play, for $1,495, the cost of which can be credited at closing.

The concierge service offers its residents everything from house cleaning to maintenance so they don’t have to lift a finger while at the community. Golfers love the driving range, nine-hole course and two-acre putting green.

Long Cove also has plenty to offer boaters with a full-service marina offering boat storage, fuel pumps, maintenance, valet service and the latest equipment for wakeboarding, water skiing or tubing. 

The Regatta Grill serves up delicious food poolside for all ages, and the Lake Club features an area for lounging and playing table tennis, a hot tub, water slides and shallow and deep swimming pools. 

Another big draw is the multitude of special events this community offers its residents. Spring Fling is an annual celebration including an Easter Egg Hunt, live music and hamburgers. Memorial Day offers a fishing competition and Cajun feast while the Fourth of July includes a neighborhood parade and fireworks shot off near Henderson Bay.

Homes along Long Cove South Shore. Photos courtesy Long Cove

Father’s Day is also a big occasion at Long Cove, and last year dads celebrated with wake-surfing lessons, Ferrari test drives and a dinner truly fit for a king.

The Labor Day Luau bids farewell to summer with games and activities during the day, and a roasted pork feast served poolside in the evening with fire performers, a day punctuated nicely with the launching of sky lanterns to officially put summer in the rearview mirror. Other special events throughout the year include movie nights and Farm to Fork dinners. 

Among the newer amenities are pickleball courts, a second stone amphitheater and stage for events, plus four miles of hiking and biking trails. Construction is also underway on a Lakeside (Bayside) Infinity Pool which will include cabanas, a kid’s pool and an outdoor grill kitchen.

Long Cove homeowner Robert Elliott said the community feeling is what makes it the perfect second home for his family. “There are other places you can have a lake home, sure, but the community is what really makes Long Cove worth a lot more. That’s one of the big reasons we built our own family lakehome here.”

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