With professional sports teams that train or play in the Tampa Bay region, there is a certain class of millionaire among us. Professional athletes and others who draw paychecks from the pro sports revenue stream are playing house here.
Derek Jeter's house, under construction on Davis Islands, has brought the topic to the attention of anyone driving along Bayshore Boulevard. Interest over the All-Star shortstop's abode is at a peak.
So how does Jeter's house compare with the Tampa Bay area homes of other sports figures?
A check this month with the property appraiser's offices in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties provides a random comparison:
Up to $7.7 million, depending on features; 30,875 square feet
The New York Yankee shortstop is building a mega house on Davis Islands that could end up the largest home in Hillsborough County. The land needed to build the manor overlooking Hillsborough Bay cost $7.7 million. The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house features a pool and two three-car garages. Two large boat lifts are already in place. Jeter also owns a $1 million house in Avila.
$19 million (asking price); 28,000 square feet
Built in 2002, Matt Geiger's home in Tarpon Springs became the largest home in Pinellas County. The sprawling estate includes a $200,000, 330,000-gallon pool with a waterfall, Jacuzzis, a 7,200-square-foot patio and deck and a 5,200-square-foot guest house. In 2007, Geiger, who played in the NBA for the Miami Heat, the Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Hornets, put the estate up for sale with an asking price of $19 million. Geiger pays about $114,000 in property taxes each year.
$6.59 million; 14,401 square feet
The co-owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, along with his brother, Joel, and father, Malcolm, Bryan Glazer owns property next door to his brother on Harbour Island. The waterfront home boasts wood and slate floors, six bedrooms and 8 1/2 bathrooms. The home includes four docks on Seddon Channel, an elevator and a pool. Glazer pays about $62,000 a year in property taxes.
$3.65 million; 13,480 square feet
The Boss, who steered his New York Yankees back into the spotlight in the 1990s, lives in Golf View Estates of South Tampa in a mansion that includes marble and wood floors, seven bedrooms and 9 1/2 bathrooms. The two-story, 51-year-old home has a pool and spa. Steinbrenner pays about $100,000 a year in property taxes.
$2.48 million; 11,768 square feet
Living in a relatively modest single-family home in the posh community of Avila is Tampa-born Fred McGriff, the All-Star Major League Baseball slugger who played 17 seasons for the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The two-story mansion has six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms, a brick façade and a swimming pool, spa and patio. Records show McGriff pays about $51,000 in property taxes each year.
$3.88 million; 9,723 square feet
A Tampa native who made his mark most notably with the New York Yankees during the team's run on World Series titles in the mid-to-late 1990s, Tino Martinez is no stranger to Tampa, having attended Tampa Catholic and Jefferson high schools and playing his college ball at the University of Tampa. Martinez spends his days now in his waterfront home on Davis Islands. The wood-frame mansion was built in 1952 and includes a pool, a spa, marble floors and a boat dock. Each year, Martinez pays more than $70,000 in property taxes.
$1.66 million; 9,272 square feet
Tampa's Wade Boggs earned Hall of Fame numbers over his career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, for whom he smacked his 3,000th hit. Boggs, a graduate of Plant High School, now lives in an 18-year-old Tampa Palms home. The three-story mansion has four bedrooms and six bathrooms, a pool, spa and sauna. Boggs pays about $36,000 in property taxes each year.
$2.63 million; 9,250 square feet
The New York Yankees' closer, a mainstay with the team starting with its run of World Series titles in the mid- to late 1990s who still commands the ninth inning for the club, lives in Avila. The eight-bedroom, 10-bathroom, two-story house comes with a pool and spa and wood floors and is on a lakefront. Rivera pays about $50,000 a year property taxes.
$4.12 million; 8,608 square feet
The co-owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Glazer lives the high life at The Pointe at Harbour Island. On the southwestern tip of the exclusive community, Joel Glazer's five-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath home overlooks Seddon Channel and the eastern banks of Davis Islands. The two-story home was built in 2002 and has wood and marble floors, a pool, spa and a dock. Glazer pays more than $70,000 a year in property taxes.
$2.16 million; 7,946 square feet
The former Bucs head coach guided the team to the Super Bowl in his first season here and could never get them back to the big game. Gruden, who was sacked by the Bucs and is now is a commentator for ESPN, still has a house with five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in Avila. The two-story home has a pool and spa. Gruden pays about $33,000 in property taxes each year on the 9-year-old house.
$2.45 million; 7,736 square feet
One of the iconic, Stanley Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning players, Vinny Lecavalier's home is a few blocks down from Jeter. The canal-front, two-story concrete house with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms has a pool, a spa and a dock. Lecavalier, who pays about $60,000 in property taxes each year, also owns a $365,000 condominium on Davis Islands. Records show he pays more than $10,000 in property taxes a year on the 1,734-square-foot condo.
$1.39 million; 6,987 square feet
The speedy linebacker played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two years but got cut after last season. He has since signed a one-year contract to play in Houston, but still has a home in Avila. The two-story home with four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms has a pool, spa and wood floors. June pays about $29,000 in property taxes each year.
$1.4 million; 6,044 square feet
The color commentator of the Tampa Bay Rays for the first 10 years of the team's history, Magrane moved on this year and is now broadcasting for the MLB Network. The major league pitcher-turned-broadcaster owns a home built in 1998 in Avila. The house boasts a pool and spa, marble floors, wood-paneled walls, four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. Magrane forks over $26,000 in property taxes each year.
$1 million; 5,475 square feet
Playing his entire 10-year career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, linebacker Shelton Quarles now serves as a scout for the team. He lives in the gated community of Avila in a 9-year-old concrete house. The two-story home has four bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. Quarles pays about $18,000 a year in property taxes.
3,112 square feet; $434,897
Perhaps one of the most popular players ever to put on a Buccaneers uniform, John Lynch was released in 2004, two years after winning the Super Bowl. Last year, he began a career as a broadcast analyst with Fox. Lynch still has a three-bedroom, three-bath home in Avila. The villa carries a property tax bill of about $10,000.