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Tropical themed Entrelagos estate in Windermere hits the market for $25 million

The massive 14,706-square-foot Entrelagos mansion on a secluded peninsula in Windermere is on the market for the first time.

The homeowner, who lives in Hong Kong, is selling the house and its 2.44 acres for $25 million, SVN | Saunders Real Estate senior advisor Richard Dempsey told GrowthSpotter. Created with interior features handcrafted by Filipino artisans and shipped to the U.S., the home was completed in 1999 after nearly 10 years and $8 million. Dempsey listed the property on Tuesday.


The list price makes it the most expensive single-family home listing in the Orlando market, higher even than Shaquille O’Neal’s mansion (priced at $16.5 million).

Owned under Entrelagos Holdings Corp., Virginia Dio and her now-deceased husband – both from the Philippines – built the home in the gated community of Point Cypress. A daughter manages the property from Florida, Dempsey said.


With views of both Lake Sheen and Lake Tibet, the sprawling property “is like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Dempsey, who has 20-plus years in the real estate industry.

In addition to the views from balconies in each of the 12 bedrooms in the 3-story home, Entrelagos has just as much to see inside.

“Everything on the interior is custom made,” Dempsey said.

Most of the interior features were handcrafted by Filipino artisans and shipped to the US. Massive wooden columns and interior doors are hand carved and painted works of art. The estate features three spiral staircases, including this one in the library.

All the doors are handmade and inlaid with mother of pearl and leaded glass, he said. The front entryway on the floor inside is a very large area that has mosaic tile created as a map of the Filipino archipelago. A large star on the floor marks Luzon Island, where the Dios are from.

Extensive and intricate woodworking adorns the columns throughout the home. Even the crown molding is hand-carved with a different theme in every room, Dempsey said. In the 30-foot-by-30-foot 2-story rotunda library, the columns have masterworks carved into them. “It looks like you can just pick them up from the columns and read.”

In the 20-foot-by-20-foot game room, the columns have pool balls, cues and chess pieces carved in them. Corbels in the 12-foot-by-20-foot media room are carved replicas of movie studio logs and the sliding doors have 100 or so actors, musicians and cartoon characters that are hand-carved and hand-painted, Dempsey said. “They are lifelike.” In the office, which overlooks Lake Sheen, framed artist renderings of the home before it was built decorate the walls.

The rooftop deck and balconies offer unobstructed views of Disney’s nightly firework shows, Dempsey said.

Each floor has a rotunda area – a breakfast nook on the first floor in the kitchen that includes a butler’s pantry. The second floor is a sitting area in the master bedroom; and the third-floor rotunda is a fully equipped gym with a bathroom. An elevator provides access to each level.

The pool is a tri-level resort style pool with waterfalls connecting each level. The area includes a cabana bar with a full summer kitchen, spa, steam room, and full bathroom.

Also in the master bedroom are an intricate custom-made fireplace, an en-suite that includes a jacuzzi tub, and a kitchenette with a wet bar and coffee station, Dempsey said.

Outside, columns supporting the portico at the entrance were constructed using hand-hewn coquina rock, which is composed wholly or almost entirely of sand-sized fossil debris.

The outdoor entertaining area features a 3-level resort-style pool with waterfalls and a cabana house with a bar, Sana, spa, laundry room, and a mosaic of the Lake Sheen view. There’s a separate guesthouse on the northeast section of the property that looks like a smaller version of the main house. There’s a covered boat dock on Lake Tibet with a lift and two boat slips. An iron handrail – a replica of those designed for the grand staircase and spiral staircases inside of the house. –accompanies visitors along the walk to the dock.

Above the 5-car garage are staff quarters with two bedrooms and two baths. The current caretakers live there, Dempsey said.

The primary bedroom of the estate features its own private kitchen and a spiral staircase leading up to the third-floor gym. Dozens of hand-carved and painted wood columns were created by Filipino artists and shipped to the U.S. for the rain-forest ambiance.

“I think privacy is a very valuable asset for someone who could buy this property,” he said. The community has 24-hour security and a manned gated entry. Entrelagos is on a cul de sac with only two other houses on the drive from the community entrance to the house, Dempsey said.

Dio has another piece of land connected to Entrelagos that is just under an acre that could be sold with the home and land he listed, Dempsey said. She doesn’t want to sell it separately but would consider selling it with the home, he said; it likely would go for about $2 million.


The properties are the last the Dio family owns in the U.S., said Dempsey who sold 300 acres for development in Lake County for the family about two years ago. That property sold for $7 million, he said.

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