A family with an affinity for French Provincial architecture and the show “Beauty and the Beast” just sold their home to another family with similar tastes.
“The entrance when you walk into the house right above the front door is a stained glass window that is the rose that if you remember from the movie is wilting away,” said Jackie Voigt, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes. “The doorbell is set to sound different songs from “Beauty and the Beast” and the guests can hear that from the outside of the house as well as the inside. There's a really cool statue of Lumiere, who's the candle from Beauty and the Beast, featured in the pool and different things on the wrought iron staircase, really special touches like that,” she said.
South Dakota real estate investor and wireless retailer Kevin Tupy purchased the home for $5.5 million from Brian and Lisa Jusas. Voigt said the Jusas designed everything in the house to have a French county feel, even importing the kitchen appliances from France.
“They are state of the art, ones that the best French chef would love to cook with,” Voigt said.
The luxury carries over into the outdoor area. “They have the best summer kitchen that I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s got a massive bar fully equipped with all the appliances, a huge dining area with a really beautiful table they actually purchased with the home,” Voigt said. Automatic screens surround the entire outdoor area that go up and down depending on the sun and bugs. “The pool has different sections for swimming, a section for lounging, and a really cool bridge.”
Voigt told GrowthSpotter the buyers plan to make some improvements to the outdoor area to take advantage of the home’s location. “They’re planning on creating a rooftop deck where they can watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom,” she said.
The home also has a two-story guest house, with private access to each of the two guest suites. “It's very nice, especially for this family that has grown children. Everyone kind of has their own space, so it's going to work out really well for them,” Voigt said, adding separate spaces for the families that might be visiting were a must-have for her buyers.
Since the home is in Golden Oak, the buyers will have access to the amenities of the area including clubhouses, private events, transportation, concierge services, and special access to the Disney parks.
“Golden Oak is a one-of-a-kind community for Disney lovers, situated in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort. The whole reason for our development of the Golden Oak community is to create an exceptional experience for our guests,” said Page Pierce, Vice President of Real Estate Development at Walt Disney World Resort. “Perhaps the most important aspect of the community for residents and Disney fans is creating truly special, lasting memories for multiple generations."
Those amenities appealed to the Tupy family. “This family is a big Disney family, they come here all times of the year and come to Disney World,” Voigt said. “When they were thinking of owning, specifically here in Orlando in general, there was really no other option in my mind, [Golden Oak] is where they needed to be. There are lots of wonderful parts of town with beautiful homes that they would have loved, but the fact that they were such big fans of Disney, it just made a lot of sense for them to be able to reap the benefits Golden Oak has.”
For now, the home will be a place to vacation, but soon will be a full-time residence. “[I think they] will be down here sooner rather than later because once they’re there and everything is moved in, it will be very hard for them to stay away too long,” Voigt said.