About Issa Homes

Issa Homes celebrates four decades of delivering award-winning homes with an industry-wide reputation recognized by developers, architects, homeowners, real estate professionals, even community leaders.

Issa Homes can be found in Central Florida’s best communities including Celebration, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona Golf and Country Club and, most recently, Disney’s newest community Golden Oak.

History

1970s

Issa Homes is an award-winning Florida luxury builder founded by Francis Issa in 1972. After building boutique residential communities in South Florida, Francis was invited to join Arvida, one of Florida’s largest developers, as a preferred builder in signature residential communities such as Estancis, Paseos, Timbercreek Boca West and Broken Sound.

1980s

In 1987, Fred Costello and Don Hempel joined the company as partners to spend the next 13 years building more than 600 luxury residences in South Florida’s largest residential community of Arvida’s Weston, home to celebrity athletes like Dan Marino, Bernie Kosar and Jeff Conine. During that time, Issa Homes also built custom homes in Colliers Reserve in Southwest Florida.

1990s

In 1998 Issa Homes was invited to be a builder in Celebration by The Celebration Company, a subsidiary of the Disney Development Company. Celebration was named “New Urban Community of the Year” in 2001 by the Urban Land Institute. Issa Homes relocated to Central Florida to build in Disney’s world renowned Celebration community adding Jeff Marchell as a partner in 1998.

The ISSA Homes Team

Francis Issa

Founder

As founder of Issa Homes in 1972, Francis Issa started the home building company in South Florida where he cultivated relationships with real estate developers such as Arvida (now The St. Joe Company) and began building homes in master-planned residential communities including Boca West and Weston.  Through the years Francis developed a strong network of developer, financial and legal relationships that allowed him to lead Issa Homes through its financial and future planning. He is originally from Jamaica WI and is a graduate of the College Holy Cross in  Worcester, MA with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. Prior to starting Issa Homes and becoming a United States Citizen in 1973, he was the managing director of two hotel properties, working in his family’s businesses. Francis served on the Board for Food for the Poor for 10 years and is currently Director of Issa Resorts with a portfolio of hotels in Jamaica. Today Francis lives in Celebration, Florida and is an active business leader in the community. He has built a signature company with strong ethics, integral values and a reputation as one of Florida’s leading luxury home builders.

Don Hempel

Partner

Creating the best customer experience possible is Don Hempel’s mission when meeting with home buyers.  Hempel joined Issa Homes in 1987 after successfully managing his own single-family building company Boca Raton-based Hempel Homes. Today Don’s primary role with Issa Homes is leading product development, customer relations and marketing. He works together with architects and designers to assure Issa Homes delivers and meets each individual home buyer’s tailored needs and expectations.  Don is a graduate from the University of Miami (Florida) with a degree in Business Administration and is a licensed General Contractor.

Jeff Marchell

Partner

Earning the respect and praise of hundreds of homeowners comes from attention to detail from design to delivery. Jeff Marchell’s award-winning building career started in Central New Jersey by turning farmland into successful single-family home communities. In 1992, Marchell joined Issa Homes bringing his passion for building, development and management to South Florida. Over the years Jeff has led Issa Homes through the building of commercial and luxury residential real estate projects in Weston, Abacoa, Celebration, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona and most recently Disney’s Golden Oak. Jeff’s current focus is on construction management, quality control, land development and commercial projects. He is responsible for assuring projects are completed on time and within budget while also meeting the highest standards set forth by Issa Homes commitment to customer satisfaction. Jeff is a licensed Building Contractor.