The Grand Chateau d'Usse


Square Feet: 11,025

Lot Size: ~6.1 Gross Acres

This dream estate won all the awards at the 2008 Street of Dreams Competition

First time ever one home
wins all awards.

Here's what Street of Dreams president David Straughan said when interviewed about this property:
Built for the 2008 Street of Dreams luxury-home tour in Seminole County, the house was the most impressive of the more than 350 Street of Dreams houses that have been showcased in cities across the country during the past 27 years
Link to the News Article.

The Grand Chateau d'Usse, 2008 STREET OF DREAMS WINNER

This absolutely stunning Italian inspired super mansion boasts over 11,000 square feet of nonpareil living spaces and includes over six glorious lake front acres. The property offers the best indoor and water front living available anywhere, it is off the charts and a must see! This dream estate won all the awards at the 2008 Orlando Street of Dreams Competition: Best in show, Best Architectural Design, Best Interior Design, Best Landscape Design. First time ever one home wins all awards. Everything in this house is custom made by designers. This home is constructed from the finest materials available, with world class expert craftsmanship that you will not find anywhere else. Take your time to appreciate the astonishing levels of detail in this masterpiece. With its’ private gated entrance and breathtaking beauty inside and out, this is no ordinary ultra luxury residence.

The one-of-a-kind designer furnishings are included in the sale price. NBA superstar Dwight Howard paid $780,000 for these furnishings in 2008. He paid $7.8 Million for the property.

All-Custom Handcrafted Interior & Exterior

1 Nonpareil Mansion

  • Property Age


  • IN Sq.ft



    ~6.1 Gross Acres

  • Number of


  • Number of


  • Total Floors


  • Parking Garage


  • Spectacular Dream Kitchen

  • Colossal
    Family Room

  • Out-of-this-World Game Room & Bar

  • Stunning Professional Movie Theater

  • Family Entertainment Center @Loft

  • Glass Enclosed Professional Wine Cellar

  • Impressive
    Grand Office

  • Great Study

  • Elegant Arts Room

  • Staircases


  • Elevator


  • Server Room


  • Kitchenettes


  • Walk-In Safe


  • Hidden Door


  • Picturesque Balconies


  • Enormous
    Butlers Pantry

  • XXL Laundry

  • Chandeliers


  • Ovens


  • Builtin Coffee Machines


  • Dishwashers


  • French Doors


  • Televisions


  • Lake Front
    @ Rice Lake

  • Wrought Iron Driveway Gate and Fence / Walls

  • Manicured Landscaping

  • Award Winning Pool

    Lazy River, 3 Beach Entries, 12 Waterfalls, Swim-In Grotto, XXL Hut Tub

  • Waterfalls


  • Filled With Boatloads Of Designer Furnishings

    furniture, paintings, decorative ($780,000 paid)

  • All-Custom Handcrafted Interior & Exterior
    1 Nonpareil Mansion

THE GRAND CHATEAU D'USSE, 2008 Street of Dreams Winner.
This dream estate won all the awards at the 2008 Orlando Street of Dreams Competition:
Best in show, Best Architectural Design, Best Interior Design, Best Landscape Design.
First time ever one home wins all awards.


Chateau d'Usse reveals itself as its’ grand gate opens. The beautifully maintained manicured lawns and lush landscaping won the Best Landscape Design award at the Street of Dreams competition. Several thousand square feet of beautiful travertine marble pavers cover the long driveway and the back yard patio.

The backyard paradise includes an amazing award winning pool with three beach entries, several waterfalls, a swim-in grotto, a lazy river, a swim through cave with seating areas and a huge hut tub. The pristine waters of Rice Lake glitter just a perfect distance from the huge backyard and lawn. The backyard is equipped with full summer kitchen showcasing high-end grilling system, warming drawer, sink, bar and a huge 4K TV hanging over the extra-large ornate outdoor fireplace.

Take a seat at the opulent patio bar overlooking Rice Lake and watch superb lake scenes with birds, deer and other wildlife go by. The constantly changing views of this beautiful lake are so relaxing.

Take the stone stairs to the huge upstairs porch and look over the exquisite 30’ foot tall ornate Italian style outdoor pillars and arches, onto the marvelous surroundings of the pool, backyard lawn and Rice Lake. Words can barely describe the marvelous beauty of this setting.

First Floor

Stunning 30’ travertine arches greet you as you walk through the beautiful and enormous glass and wrought iron entry door and on to the foyer. Here, the formal living room houses a regal fireplace that spans from floor half way to the ceiling.

Your family and your friends will be dazzled by the polished marble floors and stairs featuring the best Italian marble and build quality that is simply unmatched. Note that the ceilings in the first floor range between 20 to 36 feet in height.

The grand formal dining room looks as if it had been plucked from a fairy-tale, perfect for entertaining evening dinner parties. The home’s designers set the stage for a home that is fun, functional and offers plenty of privacy and breathtaking beauty. The beauty of the master bedroom will leave you breathless and it has a TV that comes out from the fireplace. This is followed by the decadent Roman master bathroom which includes a computer controlled two person ‘mega shower’ with no less than 18 water outlets which you control via 2 wall mounted iPhone style touch panels.

Continue to the mesmerizing palatial walk-in closet with floor to ceiling cabinetry of marvelous quality, which includes automatic motorized 2nd level hangers. Open the secret door from the master closet and into the absolutely awe inspiring lavish office. The magnificent grand chef’s kitchen has two parallel granite islands and the best of high end appliances. Don’t miss the lazy river vegetable sink, the top of the line built in coffee machine, the two silent dishwashers (there are a total of 4 in the house) and the two built in refrigerators. Nothing but the absolute best throughout the home. Continue to the prep kitchen and the multi-room pantry where you will find several additional surprises! Enter the gigantic family room with 30’ foot ceilings and look up to see the second floor loft above. A tap on the Crestron touch panel will cause a large painting to go up and reveal the huge hidden flat screen TV.
The Crestron smart home system is used to control electronics, HVAC, Lights, Music, TVs, Drapes and much more throughout the house and even outside. This smart home system has a dedicated component room and rack upstairs. The two sided family room fireplace leads to the knockout game room / man cave featuring a large bar, pool table and three televisions in a magnificent setup. Look up at the gorgeous ceiling here. It was installed piece by piece by master craftsman and took over 5 weeks to complete. For the wine connoisseur there is a beautiful, private, temperature controlled, glass enclosed wine room and an island as you would expect. Enjoy true elegance and unmatched style. One wing of Chateau D'Usse first floor has 2 lavishly decorated bedrooms with a designer tall bath in each. With soaring ceilings, five incredible bedroom suites, a grand home theater, a nonpareil game room, a lavish office, outrageous pool and glorious lake front setting on the Street of Dreams, this spectacular mansion is one of the most stunning homes in the United States.

Second Floor

The second floor is accessible in 4 different ways: via an elevator adjacent to the formal dining room; via the polished marble staircase in the foyer; via the wood staircase from the kitchen or via travertine stairs off the patio.

As you walk up via the wood staircase you’ll be sure to notice the brilliant three nouveau-sculpture figures that appear to be playing with a ball, just off of the second-floor landing.

The upstairs loft is yet another showcase for style and grandeur, also featuring a huge flat screen TV with its’ own media center and unbelievable sound, perfect for entertaining. Also note, the view from the loft down to the family room is just amazing.

Upstairs you will find the stunningly beautiful and quite famous home theater room adorned with hand-crafted woods, custom drapes and ceiling. It has its own bar and beverage center, making the upstairs the perfect family fun center. It features incredible sound and picture quality and custom made motorized high-end theatre seating. Upstairs, you will find two additional bedroom suites that are absolutely gorgeous. Complete with two designer baths and huge walk-in closets. The two bedroom suites share an elegant study room with hand-made desk and comfortable seating.

The two bedrooms suites and the loft have windows and French doors which open to vast balconies with heart-stopping views of the pool, backyard and Rice Lake. There is a graceful craft room in the marvelous marble hallway that is overlooking the glory of the foyer below. In addition, an exercise room sits at the end of the marble hallway. Chateau d'Usse will mesmerize you with its beauty and opulence, and capture you with its easy living at the same time.


In September 2015, AIG Insurance appraised the cost of reconstructing Chateau d'Usse at $8,468,500. This number does not include the price for the ~6 acre lake front lot.

$8,468,500. This is how much it costs today to replicate this amazing and one of a kind home.

It cost the original builder, Bob Stone the owner of Hlllcrest Homes, more than $7M to build this winning estate which he completed in 2008 just in time for the Street of Dreams Competition where this property won all the available awards, an all time record.
Download: AIG Insurance - Replacement Cost Appraisal - See pages 6 and 7

Replacement Cost The term 'replacement cost' refers to the cost of reconstructing the unique features of your home in today's marketplace using materials and design of similar quality. The replacement cost calculation includes appropriate fees for architectural services, permits, transportation of materials, labor and the contractors' overhead and profit in addition to the cost of materials. The estimate does not consider elements typically factored into your home's market value, such as land, landscaping, detached structures and the amenities available in your community. The amount of insurance you purchase to protect your home should reflect the cost necessary to completely rebuild your home as it exists today - rather than the market value which is the price someone else is willing to pay to acquire it. The replacement cost of your home takes into account the following factors:

  • • The intricacy of the home's floor plan
  • • The quality and craftsmanship of interior finishes
  • • The special features that are highlighted in the photographs in this report

Estimate of Your Home's Replacement Cost

Area Sq.Ft x $/Sq.Ft. = Total
Living Area
Attached Garage
Covered Porches
Aggr. Cost/Sq. Ft
Total Estimated Replacement Cost (excluding other structures)
Rounded Total (excluding other structures)

Replacement Cost of Other Structures and Hardscape*

Struc./Hardscape Repl. Cost
Driveway and walks
Pool and Spa
Automatic Gate and Perimeter Walls

*Grand Total to reconstruct Chateu d'Usse: $8,468,500.
*This number does not include the price for the ~6 acre lake front lot.

*Hardscape refers to decorative elements of your property that are not physically attached to your main home such as driveways, stone walls, water features, walkways, gates, patios and arbors – but does not include living plants (landscaping). The replacement cost of some hardscape may have been estimated separately while the remainder has been grouped under a generic heading. You and your insurance advisor should consider this list as well as your other insurable interests when determining the appropriate amount of coverage for your property.

The Location

Home to NBA Superstar Dwight Howard, golf Star Chris DiMarco, high-tech entrepreneur Nisim Heletz as well as other well known personas, Rice Lake Loop is one of the most exclusive streets in the United States. Rice Lake Loop was nicknamed 'Street of Dreams' when no less than three of the mansions on this street competed against each other at the finals of the 2008 USA Street of Dreams Competition. The winner in all categories was The Grand Chateau D'Usse, 3565 Rice Lake Loop. The Street of Dreams is a private enclave of 6 lake front mansions boasting huge lots, just 5 minutes from highway 4 in a completely private and super-safe and pastoral setting.

With convenient and easy commute times to downtown Orlando and internationally recognized area attractions which include several world famous theme parks , world class restaurants, world class shopping, world class golf, pristine lakes, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts , Broadway in Orlando, Amway Center as well as Daytona Speedway , Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach , this unique location offers complete piece of mind combined with quick access to everything this internationally famous area has to offer.

Security and comfort are an inherent part of living for residents of Longwood who consider their city to be a special oasis tucked away in the greater metropolitan area of Orlando. Property buyers looking for flexible choices continue to migrate to the sophistication found within the variety of gated subdivisions of Longwood. The natural wonders of this area are spellbinding and often leave even the briefest of visitors with a lifelong impression. Longwood personifies leisurely golf and country club living with Orlando's top recreation and entertainment opportunities to create an atmosphere for a lifetime. The exquisite splendor of the Lake Club community is exemplified through its "2008 Street of Dreams Luxury Home Showcase". Convenient to Lake Mary Blvd. and I-4. Close to 417 for easy access to the airport. 

A Trophy Property fit for an NBA Superstar and a Silicon Valley High Tech Entrepreneur. The first owner of this one-of-a-kind trophy property was NBA Superstar Dwight Howard who purchased the home after it has won every prize category at the 2008 Street of Dreams Competition of Showcase Homes. More than 45,000 people voted overwhelmingly to give this property the winning prizes as it was competing at the final against the two properties adjacent to it on Rice Lake Loop, Longwood, aka ever since as The Street of Dreams. In 2012, Dwight Howard moved to play for the Lakers and approximately 1 ½ years later Howard put Chateau d'Usse up for sale because he was having difficulties maintaining it with his busy schedule.

In July 2014, Chateau d'Usse was purchased by Nisim Heletz, the Silicon Valley High Tech Entrepreneur who was so taken by the property that he persuaded his family to move from the San Francisco Bay Area. The Heletz family lovingly restored Chateau d'Usse to its’ original glory days and greatly upgraded it.

Today Chateau d'Usse is a shining diamond; a masterpiece created by the fierce power of intense competition during the 2008 Street of Dreams. The moment of its’ creation was paradoxical because it brought the country’s best craftsmen together to build a home that will mark its place in history during a time that the real estate market and the economy were collapsing. This home has enriched the lives of the unique families who have lived in it and it is a testament for the accomplishments of people who live in pursuit of perfection.

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Street of Dreams president, David Straughan, quoted saying: Built for the 2008 Street of Dreams luxury-home tour in Seminole County, the hous the most impressive of the more than 350 Street of Dreams houses that have been showcased in cities across the country during the past 27 years.
Source: | The Chateau d' Usse

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard pays $8 million for Longwood mansion. The Chateau d' Usse, which had been listed for $9.7 million, captured all the awards this year during the local Street of Dreams luxury-home show. "
Source: | Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard

Quote from Karen Arbutine, the Realtor who represented NBA Superstar Dwight Howard who purchased the property after it won all the awards at the 2008 Street of Dreams Competition. "This Italian inspired luxury estate wins all awards; Best in show, landscape design, architectural design, interior design. First time ever one home wins all awards."
The Chateau D'Usse - 2008 Winner of Orlando's Street of Dreams

Property survery documenting 6+- gross acres:
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Total Estimated Replacement Cost (excluding other structures) $7,983,804.00
Replacement Cost of Other Structures and Hardscape*
Driveway and walks $75,000.00 Pool and Spa $285,000.00 Fencing $32,000.00 Automatic Gate and Perimeter Walls $80,000.00
Fountain $12,500.00 Total: $484,500.00
*Grand Total to reconstruct Chateu d'Usse: $8,468,500.
*This number does not include the price for the ~6 acre lake front lot.
Source: AIG Insurance Appraisal dated 9/15/2014
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