Veteran local developer pays $1M for home in Longwood's Alaqua Lakes

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A veteran local real estate developer recently paid $1 million for a mansion in Longwood’s Alaqua Lakes, with a view of the gated community’s golf course.

Located in the 2000 block of Alaqua Drive on a wooded 1-acre lot, the two-story home features five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and 6,619 square feet of conditioned space.

The Georgian-style mansion was built in 1989, with an entrance highlighted by a custom, floating staircase and two-story exterior columns. Cathedral ceilings, Pella architectural windows and a spacious kitchen with upscale appliances, wood cabinetry and designer granite are features of the first floor, according to a listing online. 

The buyer was Robert Wayne Harrod, according to a deed signed April 30 and recorded May 4 in Seminole County. Harrod is president of The Harrod Group Inc., a real estate development company in Altamonte Springs, founded in 1972.

Harrod declined to comment Thursday on the new home. He has been in the news lately because of his desire to sell 30 acres he owns straddling the Little Econlockhatchee River in east Orange County to the county government.

Commissioners seem amenable to purchasing the land to preserve the scenic property for conservation and public use. Two appraisers are now evaluating the property and will report their finding to commissioners in the coming weeks.

The sellers of the mansion were Peter and Sharon Buxbaum of New Smyrna Beach, having previously paid $1 million in 1992. They are the owners of Kids R Kids learning academy in Oviedo. 

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