A British attorney and his wife recently paid $3.99 million for a lakefront mansion in the guard-gated community of Reserve at Lake Butler Sound in Windermere.
Mark and Gemma Louise Edwards bought the 1.2-acre lot and house on Kirkstone Lane. Mark Edwards is an attorney for Barclays PLC, a worldwide banking and financial services firm, according to Michael Hunter, a Realtor with Citrus Real Estate who represented the Edwards in the transaction.
"I've known them for 10 years," Hunter said. "They liked everything about the house."
The 8,379-square-foot home features five bedrooms and six baths with frontage on Lake Butler. Built in 2002, its amenities include a first-floor home theater, wine cellar, home gym and large game room with arched ceilings and a wall of windows overlooking the lake. The second floor includes three on-suite bedrooms, a lounge area and balcony overlooking the pool and lake.
The block and stucco exterior is surrounded by English gardens. A travertine marble patio adjoins the pool, hot tub and a stair-stepped waterfall feature. Two separate, covered patio areas provide outdoor dining, and the private boat dock facilitates recreation on Lake Butler.
The seller was Linda M. Van Holm of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Van Holm has been a principal in multiple commercial real estate investment and management companies based in Atlanta, and previously paid $3.15 million for the home in 2011 with a former business partner.
The home lies less than a block south of the 90,000-square-foot mansion that is still under construction by David Siegel, founder of Westgate Resorts Ltd., and his wife Jackie Siegel.