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The luxurious pool, water features and cabana are some of the finer points of the Heathrow mansion that sold recently for over $3 million.
The luxurious pool, water features and cabana are some of the finer points of the Heathrow mansion that sold recently for over $3 million. (Regal/Christie’s International Real Estate)

In Heathrow, an exclusive Seminole County area where houses routinely sell from the mid- to high-six figures, the recent $3 million sale of a mansion owned by a prominent developer stands out.

The 15,111-square-foot mansion in the 300 block of Saddleworth Place was sold along with an accompanying 3,164-square-foot carriage house for $3,050,000, according to a deed filed in Seminole County on Oct. 23. The two houses share a 3.2-acre fenced compound in the toney Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

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Mel Bernstein, broker with Regal/Christie’s International Real Estate represented the buyers and sellers.

“It was the kind of property, from Central Orlando north, there’s nothing like it,” Bernstein told GrowthSpotter. “It’s just a really nice, well-thought-out and very private property, right in the heart of Heathrow.”

The seller was Robert M. Picerne, president of Altamonte Springs-based Picerne Development Corporation of Florida, one of the Orlando area’s largest multifamily developers, owners and operators. In April 2017, Picerne paid $4.15 million for one of Winter Park’s largest lakefront mansions on Genius Drive.

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The buyers were Rene and Ivette Barrios, trustees of the BRRIG Family Irrevocable Trust. Rene Barrios is president of Florida Cleaning Systems Inc., based in Altamonte Springs. Ivette Barrios is vice president of the janitorial and maintenance firm.

The mansion once belonged to Tim Raines, a Hall of Fame ballplayer regarded as one of the greatest lead-off hitters and baserunners in the history of the game. Raines sold it to Picerne for $2.5 million in January 2007. But the 11-bedroom house has evolved, Bernstein said, undergoing significant renovations.

“Tim Raines built it,” Bernstein said. “Then Bob added on and renovated it and really brought it to something exquisite.”

The regal majesty of the mansion is apparent to guests who enter the compound through wrought iron electric gates, a paver-laid circular drive, past dual fountains.

In addition to the 11 bedrooms, the main house also features 11 full bathrooms and three half-baths; a chef’s kitchen with double refrigerators, three dishwashers and double confection ovens; two studies and a six-car garage. Outdoors, lush landscaping wraps around a summer kitchen and water-park-like pool and spa.

In May 2012, Picerne bought the adjoining property in the 1500 block of Baywater Court for $379,900. Picerne tore down the existing home and built a new four-bedroom, three-bath house with an eight-car garage to accommodate his growing collection of classic Ferraris.

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