General Motors president buys $1M vacation home in Disney's Celebration

A leading Detroit auto executive and his wife paid $1 million last week for a five-bedroom estate home on Celebration Avenue, their second home in the Disney master-planned community.

Alan Batey has been President of General Motors North America since 2014 and previously served as Head of GM Africa and Middle East operations and Global Chevrolet. His 2017 salary was nearly $6 million, according to Reuters

Batey and his wife, Cynthia, also own a three-bedroom home in Celebration, which they purchased in spring 2017 on Resolute Street.

The two-story, double porch Coastal home is steps from the Corpus Christi Catholic Church. It has 4,000 square feet highlighted by a grand master staircase, a pool and in-law suite over the three-car garage. 

"The home had many, many extreme upgrades," Regal Realty's Susan Rinaldi told GrowthSpotter. "It is absolutely stunning -- that's why it sold in two days."

The house was loaded with custom birchwood cabinetry, coffered and tray ceilings and hand-painted murals in several rooms. 

Rinaldi said another agent had listed the property for $1.5 million but barely marketed it. She tapped into a luxury buyer pool by posting it on Christy's International Real Estate and personally contacted the buyers' daughter, whom she had met at a previous open house. They were represented by Magda Danos of J.C. Penny Realty.

"The broader marketing brought a quick sale," Rinaldi said. "(The Bateys) were the first ones to see the house, and they paid cash."

The sellers were David and Kathleen Goldstone, who had owned the house for barely a year. David Goldstone is a longtime hotel executive who was recently named head of DigiValet, a tablet-based convergence platform for luxury hotels. 

"The house was immaculate. Everything was brand new," Rinaldi said. "They didn't want to leave but they had to because of a relocation." 

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