Former NBA veteran & Magic player pays $2.5M+ for new Windermere home
By Patricia Letakis
Jul 02, 2018 at 5:41 PM
UPDATED: JULY 3, 2018 8:59 AM — A 14-year NBA veteran and former player with the Orlando Magic spent more than $2.559 million last week for a new home in Toll Brothers' exclusive Casabella at Windermere community.
Located on Isabella Circle in the Casabella neighborhood, the newly constructed home sits on a 0.91-acre waterfront lot. Its "Villa Lago" home model is from the luxury homebuilder's Royal Palm Signature Collection.
The buyer was former Andrew Melvin Gooden III (Drew Gooden), who played 14 seasons in the league from 2002 to 2016 on 10 NBA teams, including the Orlando Magic from 2003 to 2004.
The two-story Villa Lago model features 6,852 square feet, with six bedrooms and a study that can be converted into a seventh bedroom. The home has six full baths and two half baths, and a two-story foyer opening to a two-story living room.
A gourmet kitchen, complete with walk-in pantry, connects to the family room and breakfast nook. The first-floor master suite has an adjacent exercise room, and its bathroom features a shower with dual entrances as well as an oversized soaking tub. A second master suite with balcony occupies the second floor.
Gooden was an All-American during his college career at the University of Kansas, from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies as the 4th overall pick.
Gooden retired from the NBA in 2016, and has been working as an on-air analyst for NBC Sports Washington in Washington, D.C., covering Washington Wizards games. He also owns a local Wingstop Restaurants franchise in Altamonte Springs.
Other professional athletes who have bought new homes in Casabella at Windermere in the last two years include former Magic player Quentin Richardson, Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo, and NFL linebacker Bruce Irvin.
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