UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 2:34 PM — Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier and wife Laura Kebe paid $2.3 million on Friday in an off-market transaction for a recently built custom home in Winter Park, sold by a local entrepreneur and his interior designer wife.
Located in the 1700 block of Via Tuscany, the home lies a block off Lake Maitland in northeast Winter Park.
The sellers were Meir Waizman and wife Shawna Waizman. Meir is a lead executive for several local businesses, including Elite Global Chauffeurs, Inc., and an investor in Wahlburgers in Orlando, while Shawna is a private interior designer in Orlando via Waizman and Waizman Homes, LLC.
The Waizman's bought the 0.29-acre lot and an older home on it for $556,000 back in December 2013, and demolished the structure in order to build their own modern custom home.
Jim Mitchell of Keller Williams Realty was the buyer's agent in that 2013 purchase, when he was with Kelly Price & Company.
The new home was built through 2014 and 2015 by Clermont-based Pathfinder Development Group, and features five bedrooms, and six-and-a-half baths, over two floors with 4,647 square feet of living area.
"We built two homes last year in Winter Park, and decided we're going to continue on with building," Shawna Waizman told GrowthSpotter on Monday. "We'll buy a few other properties in Winter Park and try to start building custom homes. We're renting now (in Winter Park) and rehabbing a home now in Maitland, which we'll move in to."
The Waizman's moved in to the Via Tuscany home in 2015, which boasts an expansive home theater system, smart home technology throughout, an outdoor kitchen, a soundproof music room, and a fire-and-water combination in the backyard where a large fire pit runs along the edge of the swimming pool.
But in mid-2016, Stephen DeCristo of Olde Town Brokers told Mitchell he had a client "looking for something contemporary." Mitchell thought of the Waizmans as a potential seller at the right price.
"This was off market, not actively listed at all. It's a great location on Via Tuscany, contemporary and high style, the interior design was spectacular," Mitchell said Monday. "We closed within 60 days of (the introduction). The seller's had to identify a new place to go, which the buyer was patient with."