Leavitt's Harbour Island home goes on the market
TAMPA - If you have $1.6 million and are looking to buy an upscale home, former University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt has just the place for you. Leavitt's 4,528 square-foot home on Harbour Island is on the market. According to the real estate Web site Trulia.com, the property is a "private courtyard home completely walled to create exceptional indoor and outdoor living spaces while offering the ultimate in privacy.'' The main house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The property also includes a 650-square foot detached guest cabana that Trulia.com's description says is perfect for "in-law or nanny quarters,'' with a separate bathroom, living room and kitchenette. Photos of the property on the Web site also show a large walk-in closet, fully appointed kitchen and a custom pool.The Smith & Associates real estate agent marketing the home, Traci Burns, declined to comment on the property when reached by the Tampa Tribune on Thursday. According to the property listing, the home was built in 1991 and Leavitt purchased it in 2006 for $1.7 million. Leavitt was fired by USF on Jan. 8 after a four-week investigation concluded he grabbed Bulls walk-on running back Joel Miller by the neck and struck him in the face during halftime of a Nov. 21 game against Louisville at Raymond James Stadium. Leavitt is currently seeking a mediation hearing with USF officials in regards to a financial settlement on the $7.1 million that was left on his contract when the university fired Leavitt for cause.