Nick Nanton, a Lake Mary native who grew up to be an Emmy Award-winning director, recently bought a lakefront home in Altamonte Springs for $1.1 million, according to a deed recorded Tuesday in Seminole County.
Nanton, who is also an accomplished author and celebrity branding consultant, bought the house on Spring Valley Road from Michael T. Davis, a local businessman. Nanton obtained a mortgage for $760,000 from First Green Bank.
At about the same time Davis bought Nanton's home, also in the Spring Valley Farms neighborhood, for $500,000. Nanton said it wasn't exactly a swap, but an arrangement that worked out well for both parties.
Davis "was rehabbing this house and didn't want to live in a house this big, but he liked the neighborhood," Nanton told GrowthSpotter. "I had no plans of moving, but when a great opportunity came to stay in the neighborhood and to be near the lake, I took it."
Davis declined to comment for this story.
Nanton's new home is 3,858 square feet with five bedrooms and four baths. The brick home sits on a 0.7-acre lot on Spring Lake.
The house was a foreclosure Davis bought for $431,000 in April 2015 from PennyMac, a California-based mortgage lender and servicer. Photos of the pre-rehabilitated house on Zillow and other real estate websites show stained and damaged walls; ratty, discolored shag carpeting; kitchen cabinets wrenched loose from the walls and a ceiling marred by black smudges.
"It had vines growing up inside it, it was empty for four or five years," Nanton said. "It was a house that people drove by and said, 'That could be an amazing house.'"
When he was growing up in Lake Mary, Nanton said he wasn't really aware of what Altamonte Springs and Maitland had to offer.
"As I got involved in Orangewood Church, it seemed like there is no place I'd rather be," he said. "We were thrilled with the quality of life."
Nanton has won four Emmy Awards for producing and directing inspirational documentaries such as "Jacob's Turn," "Esperanza" and "Mi Casa Hogar."
His latest Emmy, awarded in December 2015 was for "Visioneer." The movie documents Peter Diamandis' vision to create the X Prize, a $10 million contest designed to encourage the creation of new space vehicles and a new space industry.
Nanton has also authored a number of best-selling books and is CEO of the Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency. Locally, he is an elder with Orangewood Church and is active in a number of organizations, including Young Life, Credo Orlando and Entrepreneurs International. He and his wife Kristina have three children.