Pictured here is the oldest residence in Windermere that’s still in use today. It’s reportedly hand built by Cal Palmer who played an integral role in the development of Windermere as well as a major contributor to the citrus industry here.
This historic home is currently owned by John Luff who’s family has resided in Windermere since the beginning.
It’s located at 306 Palm Street along the shores of Lake Butler with Bird Island within view on the horizon and adjacent to 2nd Avenue where many of the Windermere elite reside including Glenn Jackson of Heller Brothers Citrus fame and former mayor Bob Pleus.
The neatest thing about these two streets is that it’s a peninsula that juts out between Lake Butler and Wauseon Bay that catches the refreshing cool breezes that travels between the waterways. Anyone who’s spent a day in the hot summers here can appreciate this luxury. Those cool breezes reportedly made this peninsula a popular place to reside in with the early settlers of Windermere.
Today, 2nd avenue is one of the few residential streets in that’s paved.
Alongside the massive mansions that lines the shores of Lake Butler, there’s also some neat history that we can all appreciate.
related post: Cal Palmer Memorial in Downtown Windermere