Notable Home Sales

Founder of Custom Fab, producer of piping systems, pays $1.4M for Belle Isle home

A view of the front of the recently acquired home on Oak Island Road in Belle Isle.

Christopher Comins, founder of Orlando-based Custom Fab Inc. and president of newly-formed U.S. Pipe Fabrication, paid $1.4 million on Nov. 24 for a literal "castle" of 6,385 square feet fronting Lake Conway, in Orange County's Belle Isle.

Comins and  his ex-wife, Cassie Comins, decided recently to reunite and buy a home together. Their three children, all in their 20s or 30s, live in the immediate area near this property.


"It's the most unique home I've ever seen," Comins told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday.

Located in the 4000 block of Oak Island Road, the five-bed, five-bath home lies on a 0.63-acre lot, and was built in 2000.

Highlighted in blue in the map's center, the parcel bought by Comins lies on Lake Conway in Belle Isle, with main road access via Hoffner Avenue.

The home is built like a castle, with fixtures and doors imported from Europe to outfit the interior, stone walls mixed alongside standard stucco, and authentic Italian marble for the floor.

Chris and Cassie Comins found the home on their own in less than three hours driving around Belle Isle, and closed purchase of the property within 15 days, he said. The couple will move in to the home in December.

Comins formed Custom Fab Inc. in 1983 at age 23, building it over the years to six manufacturing branches across the country with 305 employees.

That company was acquired in August by Alabama-based U.S. Pipe, which re-branded the company as U.S. Pipe Fabrication. The firm now has 17 facilities and 565 employees nationwide, and builds piping systems for storm water and waste water treatment facilities.

The property was sold by Craig C. and Dawn C. Mateer, who had previously bought it in April 1998 for $307,500.

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