Flávio Augusto da Silva, chairman and majority owner of Orlando City Soccer Club, has what appears to be the second largest single-family home under construction in Greater Orlando, with more than 25,000 square feet of air-conditioned area, and amenities that include an indoor basketball court, bowling alley and grass soccer field.
To be located on Blanche Cove Drive in Isleworth, the home will occupy a 13-acre parcel that backs up to Lake Blanche. Akers Custom Homes filed a notice of commencement in April.
A projected investment cost for the home could not be confirmed, and no mortgage was taken out in recent years by da Silva and wife Luciana Diniz da Silva, in relation to this property.
The da Silvas bought the lot for $2.6 million in March 2015 from Isleworth Land Co. Noted in Akers' filing with Orange County was a foundation structure value of $800,000 alone.
Site plans detail a three-story home highlighted by a large sub-surface level opening up to the backyard, with 25,319 square feet of conditioned space across the home, and 31,763 square feet total under roof.
The property will open off of Blanche Cove Drive with a driveway flanked by three-foot-tall masonry columns, and a brick roundabout drive that encircles a large reflecting fountain.
The driveway branches off in two directions, leading to separate garages on the eastern and western sides of the home that can each accommodate three cars or more, and circles back to a porte-cochère at the front doorway.
Inside, the first floor (8,683 square feet conditioned area) features a grand living room, dining room, two covered balconies, separate studies for Luciana and the couple's children, and a master suite with walk-in closet and an expansive bathroom.
The second floor (4,604 square feet) features two guest bedrooms, a library/lounge, and three bedroom suites for each of the couple's three boys.
Below, a sub-surface level (11,560 square feet) features an indoor basketball court, fitness room, two-lane bowling alley, lounge and billiards room, game room with a card table, theater room, kitchen, family room, undefined studio, covered porch, and an outdoor/indoor living area with grill that opens up into the backyard.
In the backyard, a stone pool deck surrounds a large rectangular pool with an in-ground perimeter flowing hot tub, a grass soccer field on the property's lakefront, and a wood dock leading out to Lake Blanche.
The da Silvas' new home will neighbor that of NBA veteran Vince Carter, who paid $2.75 million in 2001 for the undeveloped 10.44-acre lot, and in 2005 built a three-story home with 28,862 square feet of living area, seven bedrooms and 15 baths.
Orange County Building Department officials said Monday the da Silva home will be one of the largest in the county, though couldn't confirm where it would rank.
A handful of custom homebuilders polled by GrowthSpotter said it's the largest single family home under construction in the county that they know of, aside from Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel's 90,000-square-foot Versailles home in Lake Butler Sound.
The da Silvas already own a 17,196-square-foot home on Worsham Court, backing up to one of the greens of the Isleworth Country Club Golf Course. Built in 2008, that two-story home with five bedrooms and seven baths was bought in August 2009 for $5 million, per Orange County property records.