Lou Holtz selling $4.5 million Orlando mansion with man cave, cigar room, trophy rotunda
By Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star
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Sep 16, 2020 at 1:44 PM
Lou Holtz bought this lavish Orlando mansion, nestled on a golf resort cul-de-sac, in 1997 for $254,000 — one year after leaving a legendary coaching career at Notre Dame.
In 2015, a lightning strike set the home ablaze and fire nearly destroyed it.
After massive renovations and updating, Holtz listed his Florida home for sale last week. The asking price? A wee bit above the purchase price: $4.5 million.
“Once inside, be prepared to be amazed,” says the listing by agent Peter Luu with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
Among the amenities inside the 11,000-square-foot home -- with six bedrooms and 10 baths -- is an elevator, cigar room with air purification system, a man cave, a loft area with a morning bar and a billiards room with a wet bar.
The house is located in the gated Lake Nona Golf & Country Club community, which features an 18-hole championship Tom Fazio course.
The kitchen is decked out with double ovens, a built-in coffee machine, double dishwashers and a massive island.
But, aligning with Holtz’s true love, the home has touches a buyer might expect from a former football coach.
To get to the north wing, the listing says, “you will take a stroll through the amazing ‘Walkway of Fame’ gallery and ‘Trophy Rotunda,’ perfect for the art or sports collector to showcase their prized collections.”
The master wing has electronic shades with a master bath that features dual vanities, a marble Jacuzzi tub, a shower with dual programmable shower heads and a water closet with a bidet.
Outside the living area is an outdoor kitchen and fireplace that opens onto a screened pool with spa.
When the fire hit Holtz’s home in June 2015, police reports valued it at $1.6 million.
Holtz told the Orlando Sentinel at the time that he was awakened by smoke alarms about 2:30 a.m. As he attempted to go upstairs to retrieve some valuables, he was met with thick smoke. He called 911 and ran outside with his wife, Beth. Beth Holtz died July 2 after a battle with throat cancer.
More than 60 Orlando firefighters responded to the fire in which Holtz said he lost about half of his sports memorabilia collection.
Holtz, a supporter of President Donald Trump, has been in the spotlight of late for reasons other than football. In a speech at the Republican National Convention last month, Holtz stirred controversy when he said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was “Catholic in name only.”
Earlier this month Trump said he would award Holtz the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.