“This is the most impressive home to ever hit the market in the Tampa Bay area,” said Stephen Gay, a Smith & Associates real estate agent with the list.
It is also the most expensive and largest property ever built in the Davis Islands, a residential archipelago just south of downtown Tampa. Nicknamed “St. Jetersburg ”by locals, the 30,875-square-foot estate was built to order in 2012 and covers an area of 1.25 acres overlooking Hillsborough Bay. The 7-bedroom house has eight full bathrooms, eight half bathrooms and nearly 9,000 square feet of outdoor space, including a series of covered verandas and balconies, two boat lifts and an 80-foot saltwater saltwater pool.
The Tampa House sits on three adjacent plots along the Bahamas Circle. according to an article in the New York Times published during its construction. Mr. Jeter’s company, Kered Connors LLC, bought the land in 2005 and 2006 for $ 7.7 million.
Today, the building is surrounded by a six-foot-high wall, which locals call the “Great Wall of Jeter.” Knowing that the place would attract tourists – and he has – Mr. Jeter had to go through a lengthy approval process to make the wall two feet taller than allowed by local law. Mr. Gay now considers the wall a rare luxury and considers it a selling point for an equally private buyer. A number of dense landscaping provide additional separation.
Around the entrance gates, limestone stairs covered by a Romanesque portico lead to the front door, which opens into a 24-foot-high foyer surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. A bubbling fountain, a circular heated spa, a swimming pool and a 345 foot open bay are on the lookout.
To the right of the foyer is a large lounge and club room with a full-service bar, a pool table and several TV screens. The large house is filled with a hardwood mill and hand-polished Venetian plaster. The house also has a wine cellar, gym, cinema, father-in-law suite, outdoor kitchen and two garages for three cars.
“Do you think that with such a big house you would just get lost in it,” Mr. Gay said. “But with a mixed range of rooms, it’s not like everything is so formal and separate.” It’s definitely not an ordinary house, but it’s very habitable. “
According to Robert Glaser, President and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, Mr. Jeter’s House, located in the predominantly residential Davis Islands, has not only increased market value in the area, but has also begun a trend. The neighborhood gained more interest from buyers who wanted to dismantle older existing properties in favor of the construction of larger houses. Last year alone, Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, co-owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, bought two neighboring properties, one very dirty, the other house, for an alleged $ 16 million.
Mr Gay described the Davis Islands as a private oasis in the middle of the city. Mr Jeter reiterated his sentiment in his statement: “The Davis Islands have provided a calm, safe and friendly lifestyle that we will always respect.”
Mr. Jeter recently rented the house to his longtime friend Tom Brady, who made his debut on Sunday as the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mr. Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, rented a palace house from the Jeter, who knew they were planning to sell the property.
“Tom and Derek negotiated favorable terms in the lease so that the Jeters could list, sell, show and sell the property for sale,” Mr. Gay said. In other words, no home tours with potential buyers will involve meeting and greeting with Brady’s family.
Mr. Gay and Mr. Glaser are not worried about whether it will be difficult to sell a life-size property – especially during a pandemic. Tampa is the seller’s market right now, as are many Northerners moving to Florida where housing is cheaper and residents do not have to pay state income taxes or real estate taxes.
“Tampa is not an area with a large number of trophy properties,” Mr. Glaser said, “but there will be a lot of interest in them when they become available.”