The construction of Palazzo del Lago located at 9602 Chase Road in Windermere was commissioned by Bettie Whitaker who is the divorced wife of local time share tycoon David Siegel. This property built in 1994 along the shores of Lake Butler encompasses 3 stories, 20,639 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a heliport, a lavish elevator, and extensive marble imported from Spain and Italy. Renaissance style statues like the one pictured here surround the entire perimeter of the property giving it a feel of a home from the Gilded Age.
Wait, there’s more. A 2,052 square foot lake house is situated intimately close to the lake featuring extensive glass to afford panoramic views of Lake Butler. It’s surrounded by a blanket of age old oaks that give an old Florida feel. I think the views from the boat house are probably better than the ones from the main residence. Frankly, the guest house is my dream house but being able to pay the property taxes which are just a hair over $100,000 could pose a problem for me.
Michael Jackson supposedly once offered $75 million for the property only to be denied. I’d imagine he was told to beat it.
Construction was completed by Capri Contractors, but were sued for $1.5 million by Bettie Whitaker in 1999 for leaking roofs and windows according to the Orlando Business Journal. That’s a lot of leaking, but in any case, it’s never been for sale and these photos are about a close as you’re gonna get. I’d love to see what the interior is like. I sure would like to get an invite to one of those fancy soirées they have there. I’d settle for a chance to photograph the darn thing.
see virtual tour: QTVR of Lake Butler taken by Ed Fink of Big Eye in the Sky