Head of local realty services firm buys historic Morse home in Winter Park

The lead executive of a local full-service commercial real estate firm and his wife paid $1.95 million on Friday for one of the oldest homes in Winter Park. 

Located on Alexander Place on a cul de sac overlooking Lake Osceola and within walking distance to Park Avenue, the 0.3-acre parcel features a Santa Barbara-style Mediterranean home built in the 1930s, with four bedrooms and four baths across 3,992 square feet of conditioned area. 

The home is one of the oldest in Winter Park, and was originally built for the prominent Morse family, descendants of developer Charles Hosmer Morse who was an early resident and influential figure in the city. 

The buyers were Robert D. Owens and his wife Laura. Robert is the president and CEO of Owens Realty Services, a full-service real estate brokerage, investment and property management firm with assets across Greater Orlando.

Renovation and expansion over the years now help the home feature Italian tile, hand-plastered walls, rare blue granite, cypress ceilings, a resort-style pool with waterfall, and an air-conditioned basement that's finished for a potential wine cellar or home theater. 

The sellers were Gilles and Candace Chemtob, who previously paid $870,000 for the property in August 2003. Gilles is a medical doctor specializing in anesthesiology and critical care with a practice based in Palm Coast, where the couple now live. 

Mick Night and John Pinel of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Winter Park represented the seller.

The Owens sold their former home last week as well for $1.185 million to Dr. Kreangkai Tyree and wife Melissa, who have been based in Panama City, Florida, where Kreangkai has a pediatric medicine practice. 

The 0.27-acre lot on Oneco Avenue, near Winter Park's The Vias, has a two-story home built in 2008 with four bedrooms and four baths across 3,560 square feet of conditioned area. 

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