Tampa Bay's Most Expensive Home, 2004. Photo courtesy the St. Petersburg Times.
Tampa Bay's most expensive home used to be the one listed for $14.5 million in beautiful Belleair. You recall, the beautiful waterfront estate home with a highly unique design and fabulous views, and very lush grounds. Well, it's no longer the most expensive home in Tampa Bay, so it may soon look like a bargain to some luxury estate home shoppers.
Tampa Bay's New Most Expensive Home, 2005. Photo courtesy the St. Petersburg Times.
The latest most expensive home located here in Tampa Bay hails from Sarasota. This absolutely lovely home located right on a beautiful beach front with lush tropical surroundings is listed for $20 million, according to this recent St. Petersburg Times article from TampaBay.com. The home has a total of 27,000 sq. ft. on 2 lovely acres right on beautiful Casey Key, about an hour or so South of St. Petersburg. Here's more:
Here's what you'll get for $20 million:
27,000 square feet under roof on 2 acres stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Little Sarasota Bay. The house has a sugar-white beach out front and a covered boathouse in back. The home and adjacent guest cottage have eight bedrooms, 111/2 baths and a master suite with his and her bathrooms - plus a sunset room.
Fitness center with indoor lap pool.
Home theater with seating for 10.
The Har-Tru clay tennis court, behind the resort-sized pool and next to the stone chess set and putting green, is self-watering.
The wine room with walk-in cooler can accommodate 2,500 bottles from vintage years.
The kitchen, which is about the same size as the average Florida tract home, has a breakfast nook with a glass ceiling that seats 12, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Viking stoves and two sinks.
Who buys homes like these two fabulous luxury estate homes that happen to be the most expensive homes here in Tampa Bay? According to the Times article:
-- 31 percent pay cash
-- 68 percent are considered "new money"
-- No.1 profession: "large business executives"
-- 67 percent are "baby boomers" (between ages of 35 and 55)
-- 88 percent are married
-- Top priority: designer kitchens
-- 89 percent want four or five bedrooms
Source: Coldwell Banker, 2003
The article did forget to mention, though, that people who buy homes like these typically have fabulous taste, they know a great real estate investment when they see one and they also love to entertain.
John Mudd, "Mr. Real Estate"