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Waterfront is a Lifestyle!

Welcome! Our site features only direct waterfront properties. If you are seeking a lakefront home for sale anywhere in the Orlando, Windermere, Conway, Winter Park, Lake Nona, Clermont, Winter Garden or surrounding areas, you can trust that the waterfront listings found on our site are current and up-to-date.

My name is Mike Derenthal. I am a 5th generation Floridian and I have specialized in the sale of Orlando’s waterfront real estate for over fifteen years. My business partner Monica Cook and I are consistently two of the top-selling agents for lakefront homes throughout Central Florida.  Both of our families are waterfront people. We understand and appreciate the nuances of the different lakes and different types of waterfront lifestyles available to us here in Central Florida.

Are you seeking a private ski lake for watersports, a large chain of lakes with a public boat ramp, or perhaps a serene pond for fishing and boating? Do you prefer clear water or darker tannin-stained lakes? Is a lake home with a sunset view one of your must-haves? Do you want to know which lakes tend to have more severe water level fluctuations? Do you have questions about flooding?

Monica and I are recognized by our peers and throughout the community as lakefront experts. We know the areas, the lakes, and the waterfront homes that surround them and understand the importance of matching waterfront buyers to the perfect lake home, on the best lake, in the right community, and at the right price.  And we have a proven track record at creating a marketing plans for selling lakefront homes fast and for top dollar.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you buy or sell of finding the perfect waterfront lifestyle to suit you and your family’s needs..

Central Florida’s Lakefront Specialists…

Mike Derenthal and Monica Cook are consistently two of the top-producing agents in Central Florida.  We have built a solid referral based business of both waterfront and non-waterfront clients. Our in-depth, first hand knowledge of the specific lakes and chains of lakes is what makes us true “lakefront specialists” and gives our clients an advantage when buying or selling a waterfront property.  Waterfront Sellers benefit from cutting-edge marketing concepts that SPECIFICALLY TARGET lakefront buyers.  It makes a difference in getting your waterfront sold faster and for top dollar.  And our waterfront buyers benefit from often knowing about lakefront homes BEFORE THEY HIT THE OPEN MARKET.  A high-energy competitive spirit, and desire to always put the client first are what we attribute to helping us consistently grow our business year after year.

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Mike & Monica are waterfront specialists.  We know the lakes.  We know the communities, the schools, and property values.  Most importantly, we understand that lakefront living is most often less about the house and more about the lifestyle.  We look forward to helping you find the perfect waterfront home.


“Living on the water is something I’m very passionate about.  There is no better place to make memories with family and friends.  Whether it is helping someone find their waterfront dream home, or working with a family through the emotional process of selling the lakefront homestead, it is a true honor to be a part of the process.”

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“We know the lakes.  We know the communities, the schools, and surrounding neighborhoods.  Most importantly, we understand that lakefront living is a lifestyle choice, and I love working with our clients to help them find the perfect waterfront home.”

How we can serve you

We love waterfront properties!

That might be one of the reasons why we consistently sell more lakefront homes to more waterfront buyers each year than most other agents will sell over the course of their entire careers.

Our two families spend most of their  free time on or near the water, and we both feel extremely blessed to be able to share our passion for the water with other people who share our passion for the waterfront lifestyle. Working with waterfront buyers entails unique and interesting properties.  Both of us tend to mesh well with folks who share that passion for the water.

I hope you will explore our lakefront real estate site a bit. We have waterfront property searches set up for the many different lakefront regions and chains of lakes in Orlando, College Park, Odessa / Keystone, Winter Haven / Lakeland, Leesburg, Clermont, Winter Park, Conway, and many other popular areas and lakes. These searches are always current and up to date and a great way to survey the market to get a sense of pricing.

A lot of our waterfront homes end up selling off market and before they ever reach the MLS. Whether you are already working with an agent or not, feel free to reach out to one of us directly to discuss what might be coming down the pipe. We can also set up an extremely specific online waterfront property search for you. We can usually get a detailed list of properties back to you within an hour or so.

Some Background

Finding the perfect lake in the perfect community with the perfect home on it can be a challenge. At the end of the day, the lake itself is important, but so are schools, commute times, nearby amenities, neighboring properties, etc. It can get complicated.

Finding a qualified real estate professional who specializes in the lakefront homes and land in your community of interest can be difficult. As a 5th generation Floridian, Mike grew up fishing, skiing, and exploring some of this State’s most beautiful lakes and waterfront, and am now fortunate enough to share in the experience of my two teenage daughters as they make their own memories on the water. Whether you are a buyer or seller of Florida waterfront property, chances are I can help.

Monica and I specialize in the many different Central Florida lakefront and ocean front communities of Conway, Windermere, Winter Park, Clermont,  New Smyrna Beach and others. And we have established relationships with reputable professionals throughout other parts of the State who are legitimate lakefront and coastal experts in areas such as Tampa, Keystone, Odessa, Sebring, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Leesburg, and Cocoa. Email or call me directly to let me know what you’re seeking. If we can’t help you, chances are we can put you in touch with a reputable waterfront specialist.

Thanks again for checking out our site. It has been a labor of love for almost 20 years. Call 321-662-8014 or email me directly if I can assist you in the purchase or sale of your waterfront home. In the mean time, and depending on whether you are seeking to buy or sell a waterfront home here in the Orlando / Central Florida area, you may find the following tips helpful.

Waterfront Buyers Will Want To Check Out…

Find a Lake Home – a great place to start your lakefront search. View up-to-date, true waterfront property listings we’ve set up for lakefront communities across the Central Florida region.

Popular Lake Communities – Learn what makes different waterfront communities so popular. We explore areas like Windermere, Conway, Odessa / Keystone, Clermont and others that each have their own unique waterfront lifestyle.

Lakefront Resources – a little bit of everything. These are some of the questions I get from waterfront buyers on a regular basis regarding alligators, septic tanks and lakes, rules for building docks, flooding, fly-in lakes, aquatic weeds, snakes, waterfront setback requirements, etc. Lots of interesting stuff can be found here.

Florida Water Atlas Project – Links to lake specific data on water levels, water clarity, lake size, and more.

Lakefront Specialists – Looking for a top waterfront realtor in another part of Florida? Chances are, we know one. Click the link to email Mike directly for a list of lakefront specialists from around the State.

Waterfront Sellers Will Want To Check Out…

How Much Is My Lake Home Worth? – Some general guidelines that most sellers find helpful.

Tips for Selling Your Lakefront Home – Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to market waterfront property.

How To Feature Your Waterfront Home On Our Site – Click this link to find out about featuring your waterfront property for sale on this website.

What Our Clients Say

Mike and Monica and their team are outstanding, dependable, honest and honorable. There is a chance he is part magicia and as well, because no one expected our house to sell so quickly or for the price we wanted!

Monica helped us find the perfect lakefront estate and was amazing in helping us negotiate a deal we felt was fair for all parties.  We highly recommend Derenthal-Cook.

Without hesitation, I can refer Mike as a true professional who will make the sale of your home his top priority.

If you want someone you can trust and who will tell it to you straight, yet is also totally sympathetic to your concerns, give Mike a call.

I can say with full confidence that Mike would treat anyone as well as he has me and my family.

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