Builder Jerry Glaser got an extra special thank you after completing a unique mansion located just off of Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The St. Petersburg Times reports:
Glaser’s wealthy clients so admired his work on their $15.6-million, 26,000-square-foot estate near Tarpon Springs they bought a full-page color ad in Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times.
The super-sized Hallmark card cost the equivalent of a decent Winnebago: $49,452.
“Thank you Jerry Glaser of Glaser Custom Homes for all the hard work that you have put in our project for the last three years,” the ad read. “Because of you, our dream home has become a reality. Thank you, The Baumgarts.”
The mansion, located in the highly-secluded millionaire enclave developed by former NBA basketball star Matt Geiger, is not quite as custom or as pricey as the mansion Donald Trump has on the market for $125 million in Palm Beach, but it does provide its current owners with similar amenities and was a fraction of the price. What did Glaser include in this highly-customized estate home?
Inside a wing of the eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom house, Glaser built a cobblestone “piazza” fronted by shops that include a working ice cream parlor and 1930s-style movie house gleaming with 4 pounds of gold leaf trim.
The 30-foot ceiling over the piazza is illuminated by dimmer lights that simulate the passing of the day. The Baumgarts’ swimming pool is a facsimile of the lazy river ride at a theme park in Orlando. The 5,000-square-foot guest house surpasses in size most people’s full-time pads.
Glaser was so thorough in the building of this elaborate estate home that he even hired one of the contractors who helped build Oprah Winfrey‘s home to build the movie theater. I give this home an E, for Exquisite, and seven stars on a five-star scale.
Jerry Glaser thought of everything and more when he built this home, and he fully deserved the extra-special thank you note that he received for building it. Although it’s possible that he might have enjoyed a Winnebago more.