First of all, the Texas connection to this 44,954 square foot home going up in Tarpon Springs, Florida — a cute Greek fishing village near Tampa/St. Pete — is that the owners are Texans. Who, we don’t know — YET. It’s all tied up in a tricky trust desiged to cloak the real owners, like most rich people do. Florida writers say this home is about the size of a Publix supermarket.
Or maybe just Texas-sized.
Expanding an existing mansion on Old Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs, the Texas owners are growing the ground floor of NBA player Matt Geiger’s $8 million, 28,000 square foot famous “man cave” by 5,537 feet to house a bowling alley, museum, staff lounge, spray-tan room, massage room and wine-tasting room. Also an office, beauty salon and several his-and-her bathrooms. A 2138 square foot nanny/guest room on the second floor is bigger than the size of an average house. The 13,000-square-foot expansion of the rest of the house includes new elevators and separate whole rooms to store luggage, golf clubs and museum artifacts, which is in addition to the museum.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Texas-based Lake Ridge Trust bought the place last January for $8 million from former NBA player Matt Geiger. He had originally listed the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion for $20 million in 2007. (Talk about a price reduction!) Geiger used a sizable portion of the $44 million he made during his career to build the guy-palace in 2002. It has a shark tank, a 330,000 gallon pool with a rock-diving cliff, a guesthouse, a putting green, an artificial lake stocked with 2,500 bass, several bars, a DJ booth, hot tubs, a pizza oven, a wine cellar, and a cigar room. Geiger also once had a herd of 12 buffalo, 11 Watsui cattle, two donkeys, a miniature horse, and a cow. Geiger also had 40 TVs, 18 of which were hooked up with Xboxs. The estate sits on nearly 28 treed acres and includes a 5,000-square-foot guest house to house guests who will come over and play.
When complete, the expanded Texas-owned mansion will top RV king Don Wallace’s 40,000-square-foot estate on the shores of Lake Thonotosassa and New York Yankee star Derek Jeter’s 30,000-square-foot palace on Davis Islands. I think this is even bigger than our Champs D’Or. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the county approved the plans last week. The permits alone cost $9,621.