Luxury: The Butler Chain of Lakes

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The Butler Chain of Lakes of the esteemed, luxury community of Windermere, Florida is often pictured as spread side to side. But in fact this chain of lakes – connected by an intricate system of canals – runs north to south, Lake Down and Lake Butler being the northernmost bodies of water in the chain.

The Butler chain is believed to be a product of karst topography, a natural occurrence that happens as limestone or another soluble rock is dissolved by water, forming sinkholes. (Limestone is a main component of Florida bedrock.) Over time, these sinkholes formed what is today the beautiful Butler Chain of Lakes.

butler 6This spring-fed chain is noted for its crystal-clear water quality and high fishing potential year-round, specifically largemouth bass. “Bird Island,” the Audubon society’s 32 acre wildlife preserve on Lake Butler, is a popular spot for boaters to anchor near for watersports, bird-watching, or a simply day out on the lake (do not go on the island – it is off limits as a sanctuary!). Lake Butler is the largest of the Butler Chain of Lakes, covering 1,665 acres and offering peak opportunity for waterskiing and other watersport activities. The only public access to the Butler Chain of Lakes is available through RD Keene Park at Lake Isleworth by a small daily fee or yearly membership. However, residents of Windermere can enjoy a residents-only boat ramp directly onto Lake Butler.

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The Windermere area is sometimes referred to as Central Florida’s new-money address, and as such boasts some of the most valuable property in the area, including lakefront property. The town of Windermere, however, prides itself on its reputation as a pleasant community, with both old and new homes and many intentionally unpaved, natural streets preserving the lake town in a canopy of oak and cypress trees. The draw to living lakefront in Windermere is clear. As of September 30th, these are the results that meet our criteria for lakefront homes on the Butler Chain of Lakes.

butler chainActive – 64 listings
List Price $424,900 to $15mil
816 to 13,670 Square Feet
1 bed, 1 bath to 8 bed, 8 bath, 2 half bath
51 properties with private pools

Active with Contract – 3 listings
List Price $750,000 to $1,579,000
1,944 to 4,182 Square Feet
3 bed, 2 bath to 4 bed, 4 bath, 1 half bath
1 property with private pool

Pending – 5 listings
List Price $440,000 to $3,495,000
2,827 to 8,330 Square Feet
3 bed, 2 bath to 5 bed, 6 bath, 1 half bath
3 properties with private pools

Sold – 26 listings
List Price $399,000 to $16.5mil
Sold Price $365,000 to $8.25mil
1,013 to 21,515 Square Feet
3 bed, 1 bath to 9 bed, 11 bath, 4 half bath

*Review our tips for buying lakefront property before you buy.

Contact the Mike Rance Team today and make the Butler Chain of Lakes your lakefront reality!

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