Delbert, we ended up buying a lake front property on Lake Athens and will start building within a few months.
But, before we settled on Lake Athens, we had found a property on Callendar Lake, a gated community sort of in the middle of Canton/Tyler/Athens triangle. It had poor to no internet connection and I have to have a connection for some business-related matters. But, I wanted to mention that it has a few lake front lots still available, not too high, and lots of off the water lots that they almost give away. The private boat ramp is nice and handy if one is off the lake. The lake is spring fed, constant level, fishing is above average. God, it is lovely out there, too.
Then, others would be Echo Lake just above Athens with a few lots for sale, all but one on the water, and a cool little lake community as best I can tell.
Ha! I wanted to buy the island on Lake Kiowa north of the Metroplex and the realtor failed to call me when it was ultimately sold at auction. I wouldn't have bid as high as it was sold for so no problem for me. But, if you want to live up there, that is a nice lake, too, as the other poster mentioned.
It depends a lot where in Texas you want to be. We wanted to sort of split the distance between D/FW and Houston. Grandkids, etc.
A realtor can help you find lots or existing homes with a quick search.