NFL linebacker & Christian publisher wife pay $1.6M for Lake Nona home

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A veteran linebacker in the National Football League and his wife recently paid $1.6 million for a waterfront home in the Northlake Park section of Lake Nona.

The 4,916-square-foot, Mediterranean-style home built in 2004 sits on 1.3 acres in the 9000 block of Sloane Street and backs up to a small lake.

The single-story layout features four bedrooms, three full- and two half-baths, a swimming pool with separateoversized spa, and two separate two-car garages, one with a built-in workshop. Hardwood floors throughout are made of cherry and walnut. 

The buyers in mid-February were Ahmad K. Brooks, an NFL free agent who played last year for the Green Bay Packers, and his wife April Allen-Brooks, according to a deed recorded in Orange County.

Brooks, who will turn 34 this month, is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, and played college football at the University of Virginia. He earned All-American honors and was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brooks played some of his best football, however, during nine years with the San Francisco 49ers. He was two-time All-Pro (2012-2013) and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014.

Brooks started eight postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII. His 6.5 playoff sacks with San Francisco tied for second in the franchise’s postseason history, and 51.5 regular season sacks rank third overall for the 49ers.

After his release from the 49ers in August 2017, Brooks signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Green Bay Packers last season. 

April-Allen-Brooks is an author and owner of Christian Works Publishing. A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Allen-Brooks has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Missouri. She and her husband have two children.

The seller was a private property trust managed by Andrew J. Orosz,  transactional real estate attorney with GrayRobinson law firm in Orlando.

Cathleen Williams of Lake Nona Realty marketed on behalf of the seller, while the buyers were represented by Louise Dennis of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Southwest Orlando.

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