A former New Mexico-based dental specialist could have moved his family anywhere in Central Florida in recent months with the option to manage his company remotely.
But it was the lifestyle of downtown Winter Park that drew him to pay $7.1 million on Wednesday for the former lakefront home of local developer Alan H. Ginsburg, and the opportunity to "live in a piece of art" for the first time in his life, buyer Charles Goodis told GrowthSpotter.
Located on Palmer Avenue, the 2.1-acre estate lies on 140 feet of Lake Maitland frontage, and is within walking distance to Park Avenue and downtown Winter Park. It features a massive contemporary home designed by Lucia Kassik & Monday and built in 2000 by Michael Kamenoff for former NBA player Horace Grant, with 17,649 square feet of conditioned area, seven bedrooms, seven full and five half baths.
Amenities include a gourmet kitchen, game room with bar, theater, fitness center, detached guest suite, gathering room with fireplace, bar and sliding glass walls that open to a screened lanai, summer kitchen and bath, 2,500-square-foot ballroom with wet bar and service kitchen, elevator with original Chihuly glass art, a boathouse with cover dock and lift, and four full-time house staff.
"We thought this home was like a piece of art. This beautiful architecture is like very few homes in the country. I think it's just amazing, but what's nice is it's still a functional home," said Goodis, a root canal specialist who served as an endodontist in Albuquerque up until this year and the founder of EdgeEndo, now the nation's second largest producer of instruments for endodontics in dentistry.
Goodis and his wife Shu Ching Chang had the option to move their family of five this year. They focused on Central Florida for a particular private school, and were drawn to Winter Park for "the mind-blowing amount of great restaurants, nice atmosphere and Park Avenue," he said.
Veteran multifamily developer and philanthropist Ginsburg paid $5 million for the former Horace Grant home in 2004, and initially listed it for sale at $11.9 million in May 2016 with Stockworth Realty Group, after he bought a condominium unit at Winter Park's The Residence.
"Ginsburg was kind enough to let us live in the house for the past three months while working out the sale details," Goodis said.
This home's sale price ranks among the top 10 this year in Orange County. The highest sale came in February at $11 million for the former Judy and Wayne Heller home in Winter Park, according to Florida's MLS.
"I've never had a ballroom, let alone 2,500 square feet of one. I don't dance so maybe we'll have more kids to turn it into a play room," said Goodis, who noted a budding interest in water sports with his first exposure to lakefront living.