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Lightning owner Vinik selling Boston area estate for $17M

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik appears to be making good on his pledge to settle in Tampa, listing his mansion in one of Boston's priciest suburbs for a staggering $17 million.

The seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom estate is nestled on more than 7 acres of groomed lawn in Weston, Mass., minutes from downtown Boston, according to a sales listing Wednesday.

The 19,000-square-foot home includes an in-home basketball court, a 16-seat theater, heated pool, art rotundas, billiards room, wine cellar, granite patio and "interactive space ship arcade."

The mansion dwarfs the $4 million island home he bulldozed last month off the Sarasota coast, though just what he and his wife, Mary Penny Vinik, intend to build there remains a mystery.

Vinik and his listing agent declined to comment.

Vinik, who regularly commuted from Boston after buying the Lightning in 2010, has said he wants to focus more on the Tampa franchise and developing 20 acres near Channelside Bay Plaza. Last year, the Vinik family moved into a mansion in the Palma Ceia neighborhood of South Tampa.

The 54-year-old hockey baron, who once managed one of the nation's largest hedge funds, will be leaving behind years of history in Weston.

Vinik moved to the Boston suburb in 1991, when at age 32 he was already an investment superstar. A New York Times story that year quoted mutual fund analysts calling him "Amazin' Jeff." His six-bedroom starter home there sat on nearly 2 secluded acres.

Six years later, he upgraded, buying the now-for-sale home for $2.3 million sight unseen, according to a 2000 profile in Money Magazine.

As in Sarasota, Vinik razed every part of the mansion except for a Japanese teahouse in the front yard. He hired an architect to "build him something more palatial."

Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8252.

Lightning owner Vinik selling Boston area estate for $17M 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:39pm]
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