A pioneer in the online and mobile payment industry just bought a $2.65 million vacation home in Celebration.
Mike and Diane Blandina closed on the six-bedroom, six-bath Tuscan-style estate home on the 300 block of Acadia Lane this month.
Mike Blandina is EVP and chief technology officer for retail giant Westfield. After founding and selling a series of companies that developed financial applications for credit card companies, banks and gift card industries, Blandina served as COO of TxVia, which was acquired by Google in 2012.
He and other lead executives joined the Google team working to expand its Google Wallet initiative. Blandina later left the company to serve as VP of Engineering for PayPal. He joined Westfield four months ago, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The couple have homes in San Francisco and Colorado.
The 8,107-square-foot home overlooking the 12th hole of the Celebration Golf Course was custom built in 2005 by Derrick Builders.
Century 21 Blue Sky agents Jeffrey Eddowes and Natashia Lozano had the listing, which sold after just 31 days on the market. It was the first Celebration home sale to top $2 million since last May.
"It has one of the best views in all of Celebration of the golf course," Eddowes said. "It's one of the most well-built, well-detailed houses in all of Celebration."
The seller was an investor who acquired the house through Quit Claim in 2015. Eddowes said the original owners were homebuilders from Michigan who oversaw the construction. "That property alone has over $500,000 custom woodwork," he said.
Other features include hand-forged iron handrails on the grand staircase, a gourmet kitchen with Busby cabinetry and Wolfe appliances, private in-law apartment, a theater room and a massive second-floor game room with full wetbar.
Eddowes said the Blandinas made several trips to Orlando to shop for a vacation home. They looked at properties in Lake Butler Sound in Windermere, but ultimately picked the Celebration house because of the community.
Angela Sessoms, also with Century 21, represented the buyers.