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Another Westgate Resorts exec finds home within Lake Butler neighborhood in Windermere

Another Westgate Resorts exec finds home within Lake Butler neighborhood in Windermere
The nearly 7,100-square-foot home along Coniston Way is less than a mile east of David Siegal’s infamous Versailles mansion which is still under construction. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Brian Waltrip, vice president of resort operations at Westgate Resorts, is joining the likes of his boss, David Siegel, in the Reserve at Lake Butler Sound community in Windermere.

According to a deed recorded in Orange County, Waltrip and his wife Nicole paid $1.31 million for a nearly 7,100-square-foot home along Coniston Way — less than a mile east of Siegal’s infamous Versailles mansion which is still under construction.

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The home was sold by Juan and Chenenne Gonzalez, who also acted as the listing agent with local real estate firm Kelly Price & Company. The couple paid $1.15 million for the property in 2014.

Chenenne Gonzalez declined to comment for this story. The Julie Bettosini Team with Stockworth Realty Group brought the buyer.

The French provincial house was built in 2004 and features five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. The layout configuration puts its master bedroom suite on its first floor, along with an office room, playroom, dining room and chef’s kitchen. Two separate stairways lead residents to its fourth bedroom suite upstairs, as well as media room and fitness center.

Notable features include tumbled travertine tiles, a built-in espresso machine and custom breakfast nook with bench seating. Outdoors, the home features a heated spa, outdoor kitchen, wood burning fireplace and resort-style pool.

The home hit the market last year in February asking about $1.75 million, meaning it sold at a roughly 25 percent discount off its original ask.

In 2017, Westgate Resorts announced it named Waltrip its VP of resort operations. He previously served as VP of western regional operations as wells as general manager of guest experience measurement and brand standards programs for all Westgate Resorts.

The company has been a player in the timeshare industry for decades. It was founded in 1982 by Siegel, and currently touts itself as one of the largest resort developers in the United States with about 26 themed destination resorts under its belt.

Westgate oversees more than 13,500 luxury villas and hotel rooms. Though the business has previously announced to focus more on the hotel industry, its corporate headquarters is located in Orlando, which is a nationally recognized hot spot in the so-called sharing economy.

It has about nine timeshare resort properties in the Orlando area. Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa and the recently completed Shipwreck Island waterpark which neighbors its Westgate properties in Kissimmee are among some of their properties in Orlando.

Last year, Westgate COO Mark Waltrip told GrowthSpotter the company was exploring redevelopment of one of its Ocoee properties, potentially for retail and a parking garage that would serve its own call center next door.

Many of those properties feature Westgate’s own branded restaurants and retail shops, including Edge Steakhouse, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill and Joe’s Marketplace & Deli.

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