For the second time in as many weeks, one of Orlando's leading luxury custom homebuilders has sold his personal home in Celebration, this time for $1.485 million.
Jeff Marchell, vice president of Issa Homes, built the nearly 5,000-square-foot house on Hubbard Court in 2005. The five-bedroom, six-bath house overlooks a lake and conservation area, which gives it a level of privacy that's rare in Celebration.
"He designed this house for his family," listing broker Angela Sessoms said. "It was on a hand-picked lot at the very back of Artisan Park. I think it was the most beautiful lot in all of Celebration."
Issa Homes, which is currently building in Golden Oak and Lake Nona, was invited to join the exclusive Master Custom Builder Council this year. Marchell is responsible for construction management, quality control, land development and commercial projects, according to the MCBC.
Sessoms with Century 21 Blue Sky Realty said Marchell tapped the same craftsmen who build Issa homes in Golden Oak for the custom workwork and tile. She listed the house in early January, and had it under contract within weeks.
"All of the finishes were very high-end," Sessoms said. "It wasn't an estate home - it was a manor home. But it had the square footage of an estate home."
The floorplan included a gourmet kitchen with commercial-grade appliances, a large game room and an infinity-edge pool and outdoor kitchen. "He had this summer kitchen where you could close it in with retractable screens," Sessoms said. "That was a really nice feature."
The buyer, Yulia Skripaleva, was already a Celebration resident and lived in a Victorian-style home on the same block. She was represented by Tony Marino with Real Living Real Estate Solutions.
"I would say privacy was the number one driver," Marino said. "It was a very beautiful, private lot at the end of Celebration and it had a very distinctive architectural look. The house was just so nice, and it was impeccably kept."