Notable Home Sales

Real estate attorney pays $1.15M for Sanctuary penthouse in downtown Orlando

Real estate attorney Robert Poppell and his wife, Enaya, just paid $1.145 million for a penthouse in downtown Orlando's The Sanctuary.

The 3,323-square-foot condo wraps around the southeast corner on the top floor of the 18-story building. The deal breaks down to roughly $345 per square foot.


The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom penthouse sold unfurnished with high-ceilings, marble floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a marble Italian fireplace in its master.

Residents at the 173-unit luxury building at 100 S. Eola Drive have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center with steam rooms and private lockers, an infinity edge heated pool, heated spa and resort-style cabanas.


The sellers were Emil and Joyce Tanis, who previously paid $1.8 million in 2006 for the unit from its developer, DTO Development LLC. The Sanctuary was built by Turner Construction in 2005.

The penthouse hit the market just last month asking $1.19 million with listing agent Scott Taylor of Florida Premier Realty Group. Maria Utz of Robert Slack Fine Homes brought the buyers.

Taylor said it's his second condo penthouse sale at The Sanctuary in the past nine months, including the $1.695 million penthouse sale to Orlando Magic rookie center Mohamed Bamba in August.

"The condo market in Orlando is strong with prices continuing to rise," he said. "Penthouses are more difficult to sell due to the sellers decor and style as well as the HOA fees, usually quite a bit more expensive than smaller condominiums."

Buyers at the Sanctuary include former Magic forward Tobias Harris and Rubi Akooka, president and CEO of Altamonte Springs-based Akcel Construction.

Robert Poppell, a partner at Akerman Orlando, has worked on a number of notable deals in Florida including the acquisitions of an approximately 4,000 acre proposed large scale mixed-use DRI in Sumter County and an 1,800 acre existing mixed-use DRI in Volusia County, according to his website.

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