Former Red Lobster president pays $2.7M for Maitland lakefront home

An ex-president of Red Lobster and spouse that owns a local winery paid $2.7 million in mid-May for an expansive gated home property with 200 feet of frontage on Lake Maitland. 

Located on Westwind Court near the Maitland border with Winter Park, the 36-year-old home has 5,978 square feet of conditioned area over two stories, with five bedrooms and five full baths, a large circular drive and three-car garage. 

Features include an expansive chef's island kitchen, master retreat with a fireplace, exercise room, master bath and walk-in closet that opens out to its own private terrace with hot tub, and an outdoor living area with oversized spa, custom pool, multiple terraces and covered lanai, pool-side cabana and trampoline area. 

The buyers were Edna Morris and David Forrester. Morris is now a managing director at Axum Capital Partners, serving as an expert for Axum's limited service restaurant investments. Forrester is co-owner of Quantum Leap Winery in Downtown Orlando. 

Morris has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, and was the former president of Red Lobster, Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits, and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. She has also served on the board of the Culinary Institute of America.

The sale closed on May 12, and was recorded Wednesday in Orange County.

The sellers were Heath C. and Alicia D. Spore, who previously paid $1.25 million in October 2010. The Spores own multiple franchises of pool supply store Pinch a Penny.

"(Alicia Spore) is into interior decorating, so the house was very well done inside, and because (Heath) is in the pool industry they had a beautiful pool area, deck and jacuzzi," said John Pinel of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Winter Park, who represented the seller with partner broker-associate Mick Night. 

"One thing I loved about this house was when you walked in the front door it looked like you were almost on the water, like in a cruise ship," Pinel said. "It was built closer to the waterfront than homebuilders are allowed to do today." 

Kelly Price & Company represented the buyer. 

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