Derek Jeter's mansion will easily be Tampa's biggest home
TAMPA - Rising like an aircraft carrier under construction, the future home of New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter is taking shape on Davis Islands. Designed with a whopping 30,875 square feet of space, the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom waterfront home dwarfs nearby mansions and could end up the largest home in Hillsborough County. It's roughly the size of a BestBuy electronics store and twice the size of the previous No. 1 house, just across Hillsborough Bay on Bayshore Boulevard, owned by Lazydays RV SuperCenter founder Don Wallace. Kered Connors LLC, which lists Jeter as the "sole member," purchased adjacent waterfront lots on Davis Islands' Bahama Circle in 2005 and 2006. ("Kered" spells "Derek" backward.) Kered Connors paid $7.7 million for the properties at Bahama Circle and Baffin Avenue. Because it's one of a kind and unlikely to attract many buyers besides the ultrawealthy, the market value of the home is hard to determine. Using the rough selling price of waterfront Davis Islands properties, the home itself could be worth $6.2 million to $7.7 million, depending on features.Jeter is making $21.6 million this season with the Yankees. "We've designed homes for many stars, athletes and politicians," said Gary Hancock, an architect with Winter Park Design, which designed the home. "This is one of the most notable figures." Hancock declined to offer many details about the property but said the design will be English Manor style, with lots of gables and stonework. A small service shed that's nearly complete suggests the final property could have a slate-style roof, red-brick walls and light gray stone around the windows. Built with two sprawling wings connected by a center section, the home will wrap around a pool on the waterfront side. Two separate three-car garages on each wing flank the front yard, with a drive-through portico along the middle axis to keep the Florida summer rains off guests. Two large boat lifts now stand out in the water of Tampa Bay. Take a good look now at the house, because Jeter is applying to city hall for a variance to build a 6-foot privacy fence, which is taller than normally allowed.
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