Jeter’s house the biggest on the block

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Derek’s house is bigger than beating you-know-who big. (Photo courtesy of Peter Masa/News Channel 8 in Tampa)

During the waning days of Spring Training, we touched briefly upon Derek Jeter’s new 30,000-square-feet house. While Jeter already owns a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house in Tampa, that was apparently not big enough, and he is currently constructing an eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom house on Davis Islands that’s nearly the size of a Best Buy.

Yesterday, as baseball waited out the All Star Break, Richard Mullins of The Tampa Tribune went inside the numbers on Derek’s new digs. It’s quite a behemoth on the Hillsborough Bay with views of downtown Tampa. Mullins explains more:

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…

[Architect Gary] 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.

It is a house fit for the king of New York baseball. For his part, though, Derek doesn’t want anyone else poking around his property. According to Mullins, Jeter will ask Hillsborough County for permission to construct a six-foot tall fence around his new home — the better to keep the gawkers out, indeed.

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  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime


    And I thought my parents had a big house.

    • RAB poster

      I once saw an aircraft carrier that big. Or close.

    • The Lodge

      This house is going to have its own Congressman.

  • Colombo

    Where do you think he’ll put the “I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee” sign? Or will that stay in the NY home?

    • whozat

      He’s going to have it surgically embedded in his torso

    • A.D.

      Probably has a room dedicated to it in the house.

  • Thomas A. Anderson

    What a life. And I sit here hoping to get an interview with a Barnes and Noble.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Davis Island is one of the best areas of Tampa. I’m not to far from there so I’ll see if I can get over there for some actual pics.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Fun Fact #247. Davis Island is a man made island. It is made of fill from when they dug out Tampa Bay.

  • Johnnyboy

    “According to Mullins, Jeter will ask Hillsborough County for permission to construct a six-foot tall fence around his new home — the better to keep the gawkers out, indeed.”

    Let’s see if Ransom can jump over that….

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime


  • Ant

    Derek Jeter’s building another house in Florida, he’s not a true Yankee.

    • Thomas

      He’s building a house in Tampa, but that’s where the Rays are. He planning to defect after his contract is over.

      Derek Jeter, more like Derek Judas.

    • Leda Carmody

      Your statement is blasphemous to GOD and to a GREAT NEW YORK YANKEE!

    • Leda Carmody

      Derek Jeter is the HEART of The New York Yankees! I am forced to live in Florida. I was born a New Yorker and I’ll die a New Yorker! If the Yankees let Jeter go, he will remain a Yankee in his heart and in the hearts of all Yankee fans@!

  • cr1

    Does this mean he’s thinking about leaving his bachelor digs for accommodation adequate to the demands of family life at the top?

  • ArodMVP217 Retire 51

    he could have spring training in it or at least house all of his rookie salary teammates

  • steve s

    Minka is calling the shots on this one. This is where the wedding will take place.

  • William Buckner

    Good thing about the 6′ tall fence. Wouldn’t want Selena Roberts poking around like she did Arods place.

  • Jon G

    Derek better start worrying about global warming, as that unnecessarily gigantic house on the water in Florida is going to need a sea wall sooner than later…

    With a house that big, Jeter’s going to have the carbon footprint of half of Costa Rica!

    • The Lodge

      To be offset by his armada of Ford Edge Hybrids.

  • Guttaman

    He’s got a room for each WS ring he’ll have when he retires

    • NYY626

      I hope that’s prophetic

    • Thomas A. Anderson

      Yes and let’s make sure he has at least 5 rooms to set aside.

      Can I has sum Doc Halladay? j/k ;)

    • Steve

      The house has more than 4 rooms

  • Pete Abraham

    Personally, i think publishing somebody address is wrong and the Tampa paper shouldn’t have done that. Jeter once received death threats from a deranged racist. Giving such people a road map is not good journalism.

    How they play, what they do, what they say … all fair game. But where they live should remain their business.

    • Grandma Karkan


    • Drew

      ..because no one will ever see this behemoth of a house from the water. An address/location would come out sometime, the Tampa paper might as well make money on it while they still can.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child


    • gxpanos

      That damn Tribune! They’re the only reason anybody knows where he lives!

      What now? You can google “[any celebrity] address” and find the same information?

  • Salty Buggah

    The umemploymnent of the US decreased by 7% to make that giant house. Oh that Derek, looking for the best for everyone.

  • Salty Buggah

    I’m trying to dream/imagine about a house that big but can’t.

  • John Duci

    Crazy nice house Jete. Hey everyone, would you trade Pedrioa, Granderson, Billingsley and Aardsma for Kinsler, Lincecum and Papelbon in a 8 team head to head league?

    • Joe B.

      Without thinking twice, yes.

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    So, Jeet, why didn’t you build a big house?

  • Drew

    When we first heard about this house back in March I commented, “Imagine the headlines if Alex did this.” It’s still funny to me, if Al did this he’d be viewed as a prima donna (even more) looking to have the biggest, baddest house on the block. Anyways, good for Jete’s, maybe this is where he plans on ultimately settling down. I can picture baby Jetes running around the yard.

    • YankeeScribe

      If A-Rod did it, the Daily News would say he’s not a true Yankee because he didn’t build his house in NY…

    • Salty Buggah

      Lol yea. I remember when he bought this really expensive apartment, a lot of people were bashing him (not on RAB but plenty of the media members)

  • dudes

    dual 3 car garages: 6 ford edges.

    • Matt ACTY/BBD

      All in blazing copper.

  • casey

    Jeter by Marriot.

    Think he’ll validate parking?

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  • trueblue

    I hate if for Jeter. Not only does he have resort to tapping all of those skanks,but live in that dump??

    Seriously, I wonder if the Wilpon’s have hit Jeter up for a loan yet?

  • Steve

    Jeter can reduce the Homelessness rate in Florida to zero if he rents out all his rooms.

  • Frank Fernandez

    Not much of a lawn.

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  • J

    As municiple inspector I had the opportunity to go over and inspect construction subcontractors at this home. The pictures show it as a massive home. But, being on site is just overwhelming. You feel as if you are at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando as this fairy tale structure comes to life as you walk around it. To call it simply awe inspiring is not justice. This place is the place of dreams…

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