A History of Excellence, Driving the Future of Florida Luxury Residences

Issa Homes was the natural byproduct of founder Francis Issa’s leadership experience in hospitality and inherent interest in luxury building. When he partnered with building industry leader Fred Castillo in the 1970s, it was with a specific vision in mind: incorporating his signature superior structurally designed homes within Florida’s most luxurious and visually stunning residential neighborhoods and communities. 

In the late 1980s, Don Hempel joined Issa Homes as managing partners and set out to scale the operation, to make Issa Homes’ exceptional quality homes more widely available. In just 13 years, the firm built over 600 homes in Arvida’s community of Weston. 

In 1998 The Celebration Company, a subsidiary of the Disney Development Company, invited Issa Homes to its exclusive participating builder program. As a result, Issa Homes moved its headquarters from Boca Raton to Celebration and went on to build 424 luxury homes in Disney’s world-renowned Traditional Neighborhood Development community.