Davian Santana, co-founder and president of Vista Clinical Diagnostics in Clermont, paid $1.4 million a week ago for a lakefront mansion in Orlando's exclusive Bay Point neighborhood.
Santana, originally from Pensacola, bought the 8,844-square-foot Spanish style mansion on Lake Butler, at an address on Bay Point Drive. The sellers were Florencio Berrios and Irma Sara Casillas of Puerto Rico.
Elsie Benitez, a realtor with Premier Sotheby's International, was the listing agent. She said Berrios and Casillas had the home on the market for several years. They bought the property in May 2006 for $4.05 million.
"This is the sellers' second home," Benitez said. "They wanted to sell it because they're getting older and it was a lot of maintenance for them."
Benitez said she feels the house stayed on the market for longer than it should have because it wasn't marketed properly. Premier Sotheby's has an international marketing presence, she added.
Santana, who could not be reached for comment, made an offer on the house the same day he saw it, Benitez said. Santana's $1.4 million offer was $500,000 less than the $1.9 million asking price.
The house is named Ventana del Lago, Spanish for "Window on the Lake." Built in 1994, and designed by architect Richard Salpietra, the home has five bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. Other features include a boat dock and cover, a pool and spa looking out on the lake, and a sauna. The original Versace furniture rests on hardwood and marble floors below hand-painted, vaulted ceilings.
In March, Santana realized $1.1 million in profit on Vista's sale of office property in Downtown Orlando. The buyer, a Chicago-based hedge fund, gave Vista a 15-year leaseback agreement and the company planned to move its administrative and IT offices to the building at 206 Hillcrest St.
Santana attended the Naval School of Health Sciences while in the Navy, training that enabled him to become an advanced medical laboratory technician and later, a medical technologist. While working at an Alabama hospital he met Nathan Hawkins, who later helped him found Vista Clinical Diagnostics, according to the Vista website.
The company was incorporated in July 2003 and opened for business in January 2004. Headquartered in Clermont, Vista contracts with 150 nursing home throughout Florida and more than 200 assisted living facilities. The company recently expanded its collection territory to include North Carolina and Virginia, and services walk-in patients from its 40-plus service stations.