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OVERVIEW

  • 510+/- Acres in Lake County, Florida just an hour northwest of Orlando
  • Over 1.3 miles of frontage on the 9,428+/- acre Lake Griffin, theĀ  8th largest lake in Florida at apx seven miles long and three miles wide
  • Just five miles to The Villages and in the path of growth for future development
  • Owned and preserved by the same family for over 130 years
  • Beautiful, quintessential ‘old Florida’ cabbage palm oak hammocks throughout
  • Within 5.5 miles of The Villages which has 43 golf courses, schools, new retail, and hospitals
  • Lake Griffin’s angling opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill, speckled perch, catfish and is a popular lake for crappie
  • Lake Griffin is the last lake in the Harris Chain before it flows into the Ocklawaha River running north to join the St Johns River
  • Enchanting setting along the white sandy shore of the lake with moss-draped live oaks, palms, and signs of Native Americans spending time here in the past
  • Apx 80+/- Acres of pasture and former orange grove, the property has some fencing for cattle
  • Areas of natural pines
  • Just northeast of Lake Griffin State Park, 620 acres, home of the state’s second largest live oak
  • Not yet protected by a conservation easement, but would be an ideal candidate
 

CONTACT

Jon Kohler

Mobile: 850-508-2999
jon@jonkohler.com
   

Lake Griffin Preserve History

Held by the Same Family Since the 1880's

Only the Third Family to Own This Property Since the Spanish Land Grant

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In the early 1800's, the Arredondo family of Havana, Cuba, were granted the Lake Griffin Preserve land by the Spanish. The Arredondo Spanish Land Grant, also known as the "Great Arredondo Grant," consisted of hundreds of thousands of acres across central Florida. A condition of the vast land grant, Arredondo was to help colonize Florida. As the deadline approached, he turned to Moses E. Levy to help recruit settlers to the territory which, by then, was controlled by the United States. The Moses Levy Grant included most of the land in Central Florida from Newnansville in Alachua County to DeBary in Seminole County.

Moses Levy's son David Levy Yulee founded the Florida Railroad Company which earned him the nickname, "Father of Florida Railroads." He was a politician and one of the first U.S. Senators after Florida was recognized as a state from 1845-1851.

Moses Levy went through much of his wealth trying to establish clear title to his landholdings. When he finally was successful, he sold off portions of the land to recapitalize himself. The Bureau of Land Management obtained much of the land in the Levy Grant and surveyed it under the United States Homestead Act. This Act offered land to people who would come to Florida and settle it. The current stewards of the Lake Griffin Preserve, the Matthews family, were among those people who came to Florida, migrating from Cherokee County, Alabama. The Matthews family held Land Patents for land on Lake Griffin when Lake County was established. In 1883, David Matthews, filed a Land Patent with the Bureau of Land Management in Gainesville for 50 acres on Lake Griffin, establishing the family's 130+ year stewardship of this special property, which is now an oasis in one of the nation's fastest growing MSA's.