UPDATED: June 14, 2016 12:51 PM — Stephen Keszey, who often complained of queasiness while feeding gators on the Discovery Channel's "Swamp Brothers," will likely feel more at home in his recently purchased, $1.35 million mansion in Longwood.
Keszey, who starred for one season on the reality TV show with brother Robbie, purchased the 7,466-square-foot, Mediterranean-style mansion in early May.
Located in the 2700 block of Deer Berry Court in the Wingfield North II PUD, the buyer was represented by Barbara Friedman of Fannie Hillman & Associates, while Jamie DiSalvatore of DiSalvatore & Associates was the listing broker.
Keszey and his wife, Dr. Sally Elias Keszey, obtained a mortgage for $1.04 million from Wells Fargo Bank. The couple bought the home from Doris and James DiSalvatore; James is an owner of JVD Construction in Casselberry.
Listing broker Jamie DiSalvatore is the sister of James, and had found a 7-acre bank-owned property in Longwood for her sibling and sister-in-law back in August 2014. They'd been renovating that home through February of this year when work was completed, which is when James and Doris focused on selling the Deer Berry Court home.
Built in 1990, the two-story house includes six bedrooms and eight baths, with crystal chandeliers that illuminate floors inlaid with marble and Brazilian wood, according to a real estate agent's summary.
Pella French doors lead to family, kitchen and game rooms that boast a 24-foot bar and three fireplaces. A double kitchen is outfitted with four ovens, gas and electric ranges, granite and wood cabinets with pull-out shelves. A center island seats nine.
A master bedroom has separate his and her closets, a marbled bath and a terrace overlooking the pool area. Outside a 4,000-square-foot stone deck offers views of the lushly landscaped 1-acre property. The pool house has a bar, an outdoor kitchen, living area and full bath.
"Swamp Brothers" took place at Robbie Keszey's Glades Herp Farm in Bushnell. The show's comedy hook was the partnership between two mismatched brothers. Robbie said in his on-line biography he had been attracted to wild animals since he was a child, even opening a neighborhood zoo in his parents' garage as a pre-teen, and working with venomous snakes by age 13.
Stephen, on the other hand, was a bartender in New York City before coming to Florida to be with his ailing mother. While his brother easily handled poisonous snakes and got in the water with alligators, Stephen admitted to being squeamish about blood and scared of sharp, pointed objects, like reptilian teeth.
"I hate needles," Stephen said in a bio for the show. "To me, reptiles' teeth and fangs are nature's needles."