A couple behind one of the country's most recognized gift bouquet brands paid $5.6 million on Feb. 21 for their own castle in Windermere, buying from a British soccer club executive who moved his family back to England.
Located in the 6000 block of Cartmel Lane in the Reserve at Lake Butler Sound gated subdivision, this 3.44-acre property features 648 feet of shoreline on Lake Butler, and is neighbored by homes owned by retired baseball player Johnny Damon and Shaquille O'Neal.
The buyer was Kara Farid, who'll hold title on the property but own and occupy with husband Kamran Farid, co-founder of the fruit bouquet business Edible Arrangements. Masters Realty represented the buyer.
With exterior design features that resemble a European castle, the home offers six bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths, 15,332 square feet of conditioned area, a five-car garage, separate guest apartment, a lazy river pool surrounding an elevated cabana, a roof-covered lanai with fireplace, and a library featuring an antique fireplace from Scotland, according to listing details online.
The Farids have split time in recent years between homes in Connecticut and Orlando, previously paying $2 million in April 2015 for a 5,752-square-foot lakefront home in Keene's Pointe.
The sellers were Michael J. Anderson and wife Sophie Anderson, who previously paid $4.7 million for the Cartmel castle in September 2014.
Michael is director of Gillingham Football Club in Kent, England, and the couple were prompted to sell by an opportunity to move their family back to England last year, said Mark Gerber of Parkview Realty, who jointly listed the property with Julie Bettosini of Stockworth Realty Group.
The home was originally listed by the Andersons at $7.5 million in July 2016.
The property has a unique ownership history. The lot was originally bought in 2001 by Thomas Scott Phillips, drummer and co-founder of rock band Creed.
The castle home was eventually built in 2012 by Joseph B. Marsh, a commercial real estate developer and entertainment producer, whose company has booked and managed tours for David Copperfield, Janet Jackson, Cher and other performance artists.