CLEARWATER — Five days after a Tampa palace chopped $2 million off its asking price, the Clearwater home that shared its crown for Tampa Bay's most expensive on the market has followed suit.
Christine Barsema's 15,000-square-foot Harbor Oaks estate slid Tuesday from $14.9 million to $12.9 million, listing data show. The price cut mirrors that of Mark Yaffe's opulent Tampa megamansion, discounted last week.
Both homes lingered for years without buyers, but Sand Key Realty agent Rafal Wazio, who listed the Clearwater mansion, called the identical slides a coincidence.
The price cut, designed to make the home "more sellable," had been in the works for weeks, Wazio said. "I don't think we have the same clientele," he added.
Built in 2003, the Mediterranean-style mansion on the Intracoastal Waterway features a lush theater, game hall and seven full bathrooms.
The most expensive sale last year was Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea's Belleair mansion, 2,000 square feet larger than Barsema's Druid Road home. First listed in 2006 at $25 million, the Hulk mansion slid in price seven times before selling in April for $6.2 million.