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Spotlight: Killearn 

Although locals often say “Killearn” when talking about the area, there are three distinct neighborhoods: Killearn Estates, Killearn Acres, and Killearn Lakes.

In 1964, J.T. Williams and partners Mallory Horne and Bill Cartee bought 3,800 acres of what was then Velda Dairy Farm property, located at the northeast corner of the city. At the time, this was a relatively undeveloped, uninhabited section of town. This was the beginning of what would eventually become Killearn. 


Killearn Estates was the first planned community in Tallahassee with underground utilities to preserve the natural beauty of the area. Residents enjoy numerous lakes, parks, and playgrounds including Killearn Way Park, Shannon Lakes Park, Shannon Lakes North Park, and Shamrock South Park. Killearn Estates Swim Club and the Killearn Country Club are both located within the neighborhood.

Killearn Homes Association:

School zones include:

  • Desoto Trail Elementary

  • Gilchrist Elementary

  • W.T. Moore Elementary

  • Roberts Elementary

  • Montford Middle School

  • Chiles High School

  • Lincoln High School​



Building in this neighborhood of Killearn started in the late 1970s and continued through the 1990s. The streets of Killearn Acres are named after Kentucky Derby winners such as Joe Cotton, Kingman, Ben Brush, and Whirlaway, and the Main Street in the neighborhood, Pimlico Drive, is named after the thoroughbred racetrack in Baltimore which hosts the Preakness Stakes.

Killearn Acres has two parks open only to residents and their guests. Pimlico Park has a lake for fishing and boating and Man O War Park has a play area with swings.

Killearn Acres Homeowners Association:

School zones:

  • Desoto Trail Elementary

  • Montford Middle School

  • Chiles High School


Killearn Lakes Plantation is bordered on the southwest by Bannerman Road, on the west by Bull Ledley Road, on the northwest by Deer Lake Road, and on the north by Lake Iamonia. The area is made up of several smaller neighborhoods including Deerfield Plantation, Deerwood Plantation, Killearn Commons, Pine Landing, Seven Oaks, The Glen at Golden Eagle, and Windsor Palm. Construction in the area began in the 1980s. Today, the area is composed of almost 3,000 acres with 4,225 property owners. 

Killearn Lakes boasts three community parks and five lakes with docks and boat landings. Tequesta Park has a playground for kids, picnic tables, a baseball field and a soccer field. Lake Monkey Business is a private park exclusively for Killearn Makes residents where neighbors can canoe and fish. There is also a community pool and tennis club.


Killearn Lakes Plantation Homeowner's Association:

School zones:

  • Killearn Lakes Elementary

  • Deerlake Middle School

  • Chiles High School

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Killearn Estates boundary map

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Killearn Acres boundary map

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Killearn Lakes boundary map

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