HGTV Meets the Luxe Waterfront Properties of the Ozarks in 'Lakefront Empire'

“We used to say that the Lake of the Ozarks was the country’s greatest kept secret. Now, the secret is out.”

February 07, 2024

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We're taking a trip to the Hamptons of the Midwest: Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, a.k.a the ultimate party destination for millions of visitors and the stars of HGTV’s new real estate series Lakefront Empire — which premieres Monday, March 11 at 10|9c.

Located between St. Louis and Kansas City (and boasting more miles of shoreline than the California coast), the Lake of the Ozarks plays host to lush landscapes, endless entertainment and expansive blue waters. Waterfront real estate here is coveted and extravagant. Think mega custom pools and hot tubs and decked-out docks complete with boat slips, wet bars and double-decker water slides.

“I don’t think people realize we have a Midwest coast,” says Peggy Albers, a former convicted felon who is now one of the most successful agents at the lake. “In the Lake of the Ozarks, the market has exploded. There was over a billion dollars in sales last year.”

What is Lakefront Empire About?

During the eight-episode season, Peggy and more colorful real estate agents — including long-time locals Cierra Grein and [brothers] Jonas and Justin Farrell, as well as lake newcomers, Gerardo Cornejo and Amanda Smith — hustle in the peak summertime months to secure dream waterfront homes for their clients.

Agents also offer potential buyers with more modest budgets a slice of affordable luxury. When it's time to make an offer, the agents — who are experts on the lake’s epic social scene and best places to live — use their savvy negotiation skills to close big deals.

What to Expect From Lakefront Empire

In the series premiere, Peggy shows new clients three lavish lakefront listings in the popular areas of Linn Creek, Porto Cima and Sunrise Beach. As they walk through the first home, Peggy shares her redemption story with the couple.

Meanwhile, Jonas and Justin, brothers who now run the real estate agency founded by their parents, visit the North Shore and Camdenton to help local business owners snatch up their dream weekend cabin on the lake.

As the episodes continue, the agents encourage prospective homeowners to consider properties in other desirable Lake of the Ozarks communities, such as Four Seasons, Gravois Mills and Osage Beach.

“We used to say that the Lake of the Ozarks was the country’s greatest kept secret,” says Jonas. “Now, the secret is out.”

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