For a decade starting in the mid-1990s, Annika Sorenstam was the face of women’s golf: the winner of most tournaments, the biggest money-winner, a fresh-faced native of Sweden who brought public attention to the L.P.G.A.
Swedish-born pro golf legend Annika Sorenstam decided to take time off from the sport in late 2008 to focus more on her family. In January of 2009, Annika married her 34-year-old business manager Jerry Michael McGee. McGee is also the son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee.
Two months after walking down the aisle, the couple purchased a home in the Lake Nona community located near Orlando, Florida for $7,000,000. The home, built in 1996, offers six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, a swimming pool, a fireplace, a boat dock, and 9,237 square feet.
The Lake Nona community spans over 7,000 acres and offers 600-acre as a private residential golf club community. This 11-square-mile community now has approximately 7,000 residents.
For residents, especially families with children, Lake Nona is very attractive. It has three Orange County public schools (elementary, middle and high school) and a Valencia College branch campus. Also, shops, restaurants, medical offices, and other business currently fill more than 5 million square feet of commercial space. That’s not counting other housing and shopping along Narcoossee Road, Lake Nona’s primary thoroughfare.
With so much going on, residents have little reason to leave. The demographic outlier is Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, where home sites are routinely priced from $200,000 and for-sale homes range up to about $9 million. Among other of its famous residents are the golfers Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and baseball all-star Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers team.
Lake Nona’s recreational amenities are reflective of its demographics: Laureate Park, for example, has 44 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Also, Village Walk offers six miles of lighted walking trails, two swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and a well- equipped fitness center.