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Mansion in need of rescue

My lottery house still sits in disrepair. No action going on as far as I can tell. Such a shame because the mansion is spectacular. You can take a virtual tour on YouTube... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Tavares, Florida
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The Villages, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Too bad you couldn't go up to see the mansion. The gates were locked so you couldn't get close. Very over grown with a lot of vines. You could tell it was once a beautiful place. Too bad it is in such disrepair . Hopefully someone could buy it and fix it up.

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Tavares, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My lottery house still sits in disrepair. No action going on as far as I can tell. Such a shame because the mansion is spectacular. You can take a virtual tour on YouTube. There is also an organization called William J. Howey Mansion Community Restoration Project and they have a Facebook page. Looking for volunteers. Hopefully we will see some... More 

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Homosassa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Liked about everything involved with our visit to the Mission Inn It was Quiet. Friendly atmosphere.

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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I've been fascinated by the mansion since I moved to the area in 1990. There was a picture of it on the cover of the phone book. It's abandoned now. I ride by all the time just to see if there is any activity with the house. It is slowly being dismantled by nature and needs a lot of TLC.... More 

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Howey in the Hills, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A 20 room mansion built in 1925 - designed by a female architect, Katherine Cotheal Budd. The mansion sits in the middle of the acreage reminding one of a mysterious lady who you can tell is past her prime, but boy does she have stories to tell. It is fascinating to look at and imagine the lifestyle of the "rich... More 

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Howey in the Hills, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I live down the street from this estate. It is a mystery that I love to pass by. It is currently for sale and you can not enter the fence. You can only view it from the perimeter. I wish someone would buy it and turn it into a bed and breakfast.

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Howey in the Hills, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Unfortunately, the Howey Estate has fallen into disrepair because the owner is no longer there and the estate is possibly in foreclosure. Too bad because it was a lovely place at one time. Maybe someone will purchase it and bring it back to its former beauty.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

I was lucky to meet Zona and have at our of this beautiful property. I hope one day it's turned into a B & B or museum.

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