Tampa's newest tourist attraction isn't being built with that intent, but folks are finding their way to Davis Islands to see the house that Jeter is building. That's Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop who bought three lots for $7.7 million to build his seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion with two three-car garages — 30,875 square feet in all. So you know that's big, but exactly how big is it? Here we offer some comparisons to help you better understand its gargantuan size.
3,099 square feet
With Jeter's house being 10 times the size of Tampa's famous strip club, it could be argued that every dancer there could have her own room and stage.
55,000 square feet
Why hire an army of interior decorators when you can cut a check for nearly two-thirds of all the furniture at the Wesley Chapel store and fit it into your home?
George Steinbrenner's home
13,712 square feet
Yes, Jeter's house is more than twice the size of Steinbrenner's mansion in Tampa's Palma Ceia neighborhood, but George is still "The Boss."
9,821 square feet
Maybe Jeter should consider adding a tri-level restaurant/bar similar to the beachside icon in Pass-A-Grille. The builders could angle it to provide sunset views, and Jeter could probably find a bartender who makes a mean rum runner.
Publix, Bayshore Boulevard
26,236 square feet
So if Jeter wanted to equip his house with a deli, bakery and produce section, he could call the Publix folks and still have 4,000 square feet left over. But who would round up all the shopping carts?
Without Walls International Church
81,266 square feet
Okay, his house isn't quite big enough to accommodate Paula White's entire Tampa ministry, but I bet Yankee worshipers would make the pilgrimage to Jeter's home every Sunday — if he let them in.
27,000 square feet
Rumor has it Jeter wants to include a club in his home. Why reinvent the wheel? Just pick up Clearwater's posh dance palace and move it across the bay.
Jeter's Avila home
5,000 square feet
Of course Jeter is updating. The man will make $21 million this year. Plus, in this day and age, 5,000 square feet just ain't what it used to be.
52,000 square feet
Tampa's venerable purveyor of Spanish cuisine has plenty of room to serve up yellow rice, Cuban bread and 1905 salads, but Jeter could easily squeeze in the Columbia Cafe in the Tampa Bay History Center.
Matt Geiger' home
28,000 square feet
Former NBA player Matt Geiger reportedly put the bachelor pad — it includes a 9,000-square-foot entertainment center — on the block at the beginning of 2008. The home near Tarpon Springs remains for sale today.
David Siegel's home
88,000 square feet
The time-share magnate has reportedly delayed the building of this palace, purported to be the largest in America, in Windermere near Orlando. Relatively speaking, Jeter is building a shack compared to this place.
Rick Baker's home
4,800 square feet
The St. Petersburg mayor's house can't compare to Jeter's abode, but if he got a 6-foot privacy fence like Jeter's, Baker probably wouldn't have another break-in.