“This is the most impressive home to ever hit the market in the Tampa Bay area,” said Stephen Gay, the Smith & Associates agent who holds the listing for baseball legend Derek Jeter’s $29 million mega-mansion, in a recent report from the New York Times. He might have a point. The palatial spread, which certainly befits a hedge fund billionaire or Middle Eastern oil tycoon, is the most expensive and largest house to be built on Davis Islands, an ultra-exclusive residential archipelago south of downtown Tampa.
The home, which sits on two lots purchased in 2005 and 2006 for a total of $7.7 million, has been nicknamed by locals as “St. Jetersburg” due to its aircraft hanger-like proportions. The retired baseballer, now CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins, custom-built the nearly 31,000-square-foot behemoth in 2012. The property measures in at 1.12 acres that overlook Hillsborough Bay, and completely