Lead exec of local plant nursery giant pays $2M+ for Winter Garden lakefront home

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

A lead executive for one of Greater Orlando's largest plant nursery businesses paid more than $2.07 million last week for a newly-built lakefront home in Winter Garden from CalAtlantic-Lennar. 

Located on Broadwater Avenue in the gated Waterside-The Strand community, the 0.77-acre lot features frontage on John's Lake with a Victoria model home of 5,772 square feet, featuring five bedrooms, seven baths and two separate two-car garages.

Highlights of the home's floor plan include a sweeping circular staircase, a two-story foyer that opens into a large rotunda, second-floor loft, covered lanai and club room. 

The buyers were Bill Dewar and Estela Patricia Dewar. Bill leads the family business Dewar Nurseries out of Apopka, which was founded in 1963 by father Alex Dewar and is now the largest container rose grower in North America, with 52 acres of greenhouses and 325 acres of growing fields across Central and South Florida. 

"We've lived in Apopka my whole life on a small lake there, and have always liked living on the water but found there weren't a lot of nice waterfront parcels left in the area," Bill Dewar told GrowthSpotter. "We considered Toll Brothers and liked their options, but in the end thought this was a very nice home and construction." 

Completion of the home's construction took 37 months, much longer than anticipated by Dewar, who cited delays when original lot owner and builder Standard Pacific Homes merged in 2015 with Ryland Homes to form CalAtlantic, followed by CalAtlantic's own merger announcement with Lennar in October 2017. 

The family had sold their former home in Apopka last year and have lived in a temporary apartment in recent months. Up to three more months of waiting remain as they work with an interior decorator on custom additions, Dewar said. 

Along with the family's attraction to the lake access for water sports, a main draw of this home model was its finished basement, which will have two bedrooms and a theater room as an option for guests or in-laws. 

Dewar Nurseries specializes in producing many flower varieties for container sale to large home improvement stores and landscapers, and ships more than 4 million units of roses annually across two thirds of the United States. 

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