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Truffle's Grill opens

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Cuhaci & Peterson recently completed Truffles Grille in Winter Park.
Cuhaci & Peterson recently completed Truffles Grille in Winter Park.
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Cuchaci designs Truffle’s

Cuhaci & Peterson Architects Engineers Planners did the design work for the new Truffle’s Grill restaurant that recently opened at the Winter Park Village.

Lonnie Peterson, chairman at Cuhaci & Peterson Architects said the work included construction drawings for interior design and improvements for the 3,500 square foot restaurant.

MLS service relocates to Maitland

My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS), Florida’s largest multiple listing service, relocated its corporate headquarters from Orlando to Maitland on Feb. 6.

“This relocation marks a significant moment for MFRMLS, as our new location will offer enough space for onsite local Member training, as well as corporate growth,” stated Bill Dryburgh, My Florida Regional MLS Board President.

MFRMLS currently employs over thirty-five employees who will occupy space at the new corporate headquarters while continuing to provide service to over 32,000 Members.

Due to the relocation, the MFRMLS local phone and fax numbers will change:

New address: 555 Winderley Place, Suite 320, Maitland, FL 32751

New phone: 407-960-5300

New fax: 407-960-5450

Toll free number: 800-686-7451

Fannie Hillman voted best

Fannie Hillman + Associates continued to demonstrate why it was voted Central Florida’s “Best Residential Real Office” in 2011 by Orlando Business Journal by posting 88 fourth quarter transactions for a volume of nearly $30.2 million, boosting the Winter Park company’s 2011 transactions of 374 for $139 million by 10.7 percent and 27.7 percent, respectively, over 2010.

Fourth quarter transactions and sales volume were up 10 percent and 9.5 percent, respectively, over the final quarter last year, making it the company’s eighth consecutive quarter in which transactions and sales volume have been up over comparable periods in previous years. It also was the third consecutive year the firm has seen its transactions and sales volume continue to improve.

“The way things were trending for the existing home market as we moved through 2011 gives us every reason for continued optimism in 2012. As long as interest rates remain low and the inventory of distressed properties continues to be reduced, we should see existing home prices appreciate in 2012,” said Scott Hillman, president of the 31-year-old independent firm recognized as one of Central Florida’s top residential real estate brokerages and a leader in the sale of luxury lakefront residences, primarily in Winter Park, Maitland and College Park.

Fannie Hillman’s 88 fourth quarter transactions last year were highlighted by the sale of a $4.9 million home on Winter Park’s Lake Osceola, and gave the company a total of 23 million-dollar-plus sales in Central Florida for the year.

The company’s average transaction for the fourth quarter was $342,700, while the average transaction for the year penciled out at $371,600, up 14.5 percent.

For the year, 17 Fannie Hillman sales associates posted sales of more than $3 million, led by the team of Nancy Bagby, Sue Ann Rand and Julie Bagby Williams with sales of $25.7+ million. They were followed by the team of Mary Stuart Day and Megan Cross at $12.8+ million, Melissa Woodman and Jerry Oller each at $5.5+ million, Katherine Bordelon $4.8+ million, Glad Messeroff $4.59+ million, Janis Fuller $4.54+ million, Shirley Jones $4.2+ million, Cathy Richey $3.7+ million, Meg Dolan $3.6+ million, Dawn Romance $3.58+ million, Maria Van Warner $3.54 million, Sharon Helsby $3.46+ million, Lisa Fleming $3.40 million, Kelly Maloney $3.2+ million, and Jeff Hall $3.0 million.

Sodexo lease renewed

Emerson International recently closed on a renewal lease for 18,212 square feet of office space at Lakeside Office Park, 283 Crane’s Roost Blvd. in Altamonte Springs. Sean Westcott, director of leasing at Emerson International, negotiated the renewal lease with Sodexo Operations, LLC. Mohl Partners participated in the lease negotiations representing Sodexo.

Town homes on market

Ashton Woods Homes in Maitland recently completed two models and started sales of 24 town homes priced from the $219,000 in the first phase at Fountain Park, located off Rinehart Road in Lake Mary.

Michael Roche, vice president of sales and marketing at Ashton Woods Homes, said the new three and four bedroom town homes at Fountain Park range in size from 2,067 square feet of living space to 2,504 square feet with two car garages and balconies.

Roche said six ready-to-move-in town homes will open in February.

New Cuchaci team members

Cuhaci & Peterson Architects LLC, based in Orlando’s Baldwin Park, appointed four professionals to its design and project teams.

Tina Kennedy, director of human resources at Cuhaci & Peterson, said Christian Paulo was appointed a CAD technician. Paulo earned his Associate of Science degree in computer drafting and design from ITT Technical Institute and has two years of experience.

Jose Diaz, E.I., was named senior mechanical designer. Diaz earned is Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in 2003 and has more than seven years of experience.

Lee Murrah was appointed project coordinator. Murrah, who attended the University of Alabama, Seminole Community College and Brevard Community College, served in the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry in Iraq where he received awards for outstanding service and bravery.

Jaison Moras was appointed electrical project manager. Moras earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.

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