The owners of England's fastest growing wine import company are now part-time residents of Reunion Resort.
Tony and Veronica Cleary, founders of Lanchester Group, paid $2.1 million for a nearly 10,000-square-foot estate home on Legends Corner in the golf resort. The custom home was built in 2013 on a double lot and boasts a four-car garage with separate golf cart garage and an elevator.
About the only thing it doesn't have is a temperature-controlled wine cellar.
The Clearys didn't have one in 1980 when Tony quit his job to start Lanchester Wine Cellars, according to a profile by The Times of London. They now supply more than 1,000 clients across Northern England and have grown the company to add a bottling plant and on-site sustainable energy plant.
Top Villas Realty founder Penny Stokes-Hilton represented the buyers.
"They were here on vacation, and they just loved the area," she said. They were drawn to the 9-bedroom house because of its size, finishes and huge pool.
The private gymnasium and 18-seat theater room with Control 4 Home automation also were key selling points, per Stokes-Hilton. The zoning allows for short-term rentals.
"They're going to be using it a lot themselves -- they have several grown children," she said. "When they aren't using it, they're going to market it as a vacation rental."
"Everything in that home was oversized," Triton parnter Mike Donnelly told GrowthSpotter. "There must have been four or five 80-inch TVs. The master had separate his and hers bathrooms, connected by a walk-through closet."
Donnelly teamed up with La Rosa Realty agent Vilmarys Fuentes to represent the seller, Sid Taylor, who plans to build an even larger house in the new Jack Nicklaus-themed Bear's Den community of Reunion.
"He wanted to upgrade, so that's what we're doing," Donnelly said. "We're going to be building his dream home on a triple-lot right next to Jack Nicklaus's house on the golf course."