March 25, 2022

This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million

This rare offering in Winter Park includes a healthy dose of Orlando-area nostalgia.

The home at 2780 Lake Howell Lane in Winter Park looks like a typical, if very nice, lakefront house. But a stroll around the property will reveal the last remaining piece of a local attraction that entertained area children for decades. The home was the site of the Possum Flats Railroad, a miniature train through the woods that wound near Lake Howell until closing in 1995.

The volunteer-run track carted children through a mile of woods, with occasional dinosaur sightings and tunnels. For much of its run, the train was booked by area schools months in advance. A ride on the steam engine was originally free, but they began charging admission in the mid-80s to cover costs. Any remaining proceeds went to the local Rotary Club.

Evidence of this arrangement remains on the still-standing railway tunnel, marked by a sign for the organization.

Beyond the warm and fuzzies brought on by the history of the property, the home itself isn't half bad. It boasts 220 feet of private lakefront frontage and a main house and a nearby guest house on 8 acres of land. The backyard holds a pool, beach volleyball courts, a fire pit and a zip line.

The sellers are asking for $3.2 million. The listing is represented by Kimberly Harrington of Folio Real Estate.

Photos via Realtor.

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This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million
This lakefront Winter Park home comes with an abandoned train tunnel for $3.2 million