English couple sell $1.1 M house in Reunion to Michigan doctor and wife
By Mike Salinero
Oct 30, 2018 | 5:00 PM
The parents of a famous English television personality recently sold their vacation home in the Reunion Resort for $1.1 million, according to a deed recorded in Osceola County on Monday.
Located on a 0.3-acre lot on Wynstone Way, the custom home features seven bedrooms and six bathrooms across 4,767 square feet of conditioned area.
Highlights include a pool, a summer kitchen, an atmospheric theater with 10 reeling seats, and a game room with pool table and Foosball. The double doors at the entrance open onto an entrance hall flooded with light from large, arched windows. The oversized pool in the back is completely private and has a lake view.
The sellers were Brian and Linda Willoughby of Hassocks, West Sussex, England. Brian Willoughby works for Everest, a company that supplies and installs windows, doors, and conservatories (rooms with glass walls and glass roof attached to a house) in homes all over the United Kingdom.
But Brian and Linda are more widely known in their country as the parents of Holly Willoughby, a model, actress and famous television personality in the UK.
The buyers were Dr. John F. Keller and his wife, Emily M. Keller, of Grand Rapids, Mich. Dr. Keller is chief of neurosurgery at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. He previously held the same job at Spectrum Health. Keller is also an associate professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.
The Willoughbys bought the house on Wynstone Way for $850,000 in May 2014, according to Osceola County records. They used it for a vacation house, spending about four months a year in the Orlando area, said Penny Stokes Hilton, an agent with Top Villas Realty, who represented the English couple.
Hilton said the Willoughbys decided to sell "because of family commitments" and the "struggle with the long-haul flights."
"They're getting older and they don't find it as easy to get about as much," said Hilton, also a UK native, "but they really enjoyed their vacations there over the last four years."
The Willoughbys made significant improvements in the house after they bought it, Hilton said, including designing a Harry Potter room that was entered through a secret door in a bookcase. The room was a big hit with the Willoughbys' grandchildren.
Other aspects of the house that the Willoughbys loved were the private pool and backyard view.
"It overlooks a little lake in the back and the conservation area," she said. "It's very private for the family and it's also very good for the rental guests who like to repeat book because of the privacy and its location."
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