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Tavistock Group founder and London soccer team owner Joe Lewis lists Isleworth estate for $14.95M

The estate sits on nearly six acres with panoramic views of Lake Bessie.
The estate sits on nearly six acres with panoramic views of Lake Bessie. (Mike Ortiz/Douglas Elliman)

Billionaire Joe Lewis, the founder of the private investment organization Tavistock Group, is ready to profit off one of his early investments in Greater Orlando.

The British businessman is putting his 17,000-square-foot mansion in Windermere’s luxury Isleworth golf club community up for sale priced at $14.95 million.

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The six-acre estate has belonged to Lewis since the 1980s. He later built the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom abode in 1990 to resemble a manor house based in Berkshire, England. Classical columns and statues tower over the main entrance into the home, which can only be accessed through Champions Point — a private road exclusively for this estate on Lake Bessie.

The house is decorated in classical columns and statues.
The house is decorated in classical columns and statues. (Jeremy Flowers/Douglas Elliman)

The home’s architecture pays homage to many European designs and ornamentation. A circular foyer with marble flooring and rich wood detailing is revealed at the entrance inside and was modeled after The Marble Hall floor of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, England.

The home also features a gallery with marble flooring, arched windows and custom wood-carved doors.

Monica Lochmandy of Isleworth Realty and Gary Pohrer of Douglas Elliman are the listing agents.

Wayne Sheffield, president and general manager of Isleworth Realty, told GrowthSpotter lakefront homes in the market have fetched a $750 to $900 per square foot price.

“No direct comparable exists, " he said. “The property is unique for the market and is priced according to the home, the location and the fabled history of the property.”

The home's interior features vintage ceiling molds from the UK.
The home's interior features vintage ceiling molds from the UK. (Carey Sheffield/Douglas Elliman)

The listing would be Douglas Elliman’s first in Greater Orlando, according to a spokesperson with the firm. The luxury brokerage is known for working with ultra-high net-worth parties in both residential and commercial real estate.

In an email response, Pohrer said the property’s over 1,000 feet of water frontage positions the deal above other listings.

“The only other active property in Florida with 1,000 feet of water frontage is asking over $100 million,” he said.

“Entering into the Orlando market with this listing is such an amazing privilege,” he adds. “Isleworth has such rich golf history. As a golfer, this is the absolute pinnacle of golf listings.”

The cinema star, best known for the “Blade” trilogy, was a resident of the upscale suburb for over a decade before he sold the property in foreclosure for $635,900 in 2004.

In the past, Isleworth has been home to PGA golf champions Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson.

Nearby, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is selling his lakefront 12-bedroom, 11-bathroom Windermere mansion for $16.5 million.

Isleworth Realty will lead the showing of the estate, Sheffield said. “However, Douglas Elliman and their international brokerage with affiliations with Knight Frank in the UK, will enable us to market the property to prospective buyers in over 60 countries on six continents.”

He adds buyers for the top properties in Central Florida have come from two primary sources: “Local entrepreneurs, athletes or CEOs of companies based in the region; or key international buyers that have come from out of market, including the Northeast, Midwest and for years now, affluent buyers from the United Kingdom and Brazil.”

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Notable features of the home include a sprawling wood staircase, vintage ceiling molds from the UK, a single-piece carpet created in Morocco, and a study room that features French polished English walnut and a hidden bar behind the art above the fireplace.

The main suite features Tiffany glass in the master bath from the Elton John sale in 1987. It was fitted for and stays with the home, according to Douglas Elliman.

Lewis’ company, Tavistock Group, is a Bahamas-based private investment group that owns Tavistock Development Company in Orlando. Lewis also owns the English Premiere League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur.

In 1993, Lewis and his company, Tavistock Group, purchased what’s today known as the Isleworth Golf and Country Club, as well as the surrounding area. According to Douglas Elliman, Lewis and his company assembled more than 175 residential lots, when the previous owner declared bankruptcy. Over the years, the community has expanded as well and has over 300 homes.

Today, the community attracts wealthy business executives and celebrity athletes and actors.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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