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Rays president buys mansion in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays want to look for a new home in Tampa, but the team president bought a mansion 5 miles from Tropicana Field.

Rays president Matt Silverman paid $1.5 million this month for the 3,505-square-foot home described as a "Tuscan Mediterranean masterpiece." The luxurious estate sits on an oversized lot on 34th Avenue NE in northeast St. Petersburg.

The home's proximity to the Trop doesn't mean the Rays have abandoned the desire to explore potential stadium sites outside the city. Silverman's driveway is 19 miles from downtown Tampa.

He declined to comment.

The selling agent said the home "will leave you speechless. A must see for any serious luxury buyer at a price dramatically below construction costs."

The home is filled with cypress ceilings, marble, stone and granite. The sauna, pool and hot tub overlook the water. A $100,000 smart-house system controls the entire home.

Steeped in Italian tradition, the villa went on the market in September for $1.6 million. In baseball dollars, the selling price equals what the team paid catcher Jose Molina last season.

Silverman bought the home from Glenn and Melissa Witt, who paid $1.1 million in 2010.

Mark Puente can be reached at mpuente@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8459. Follow him at Twitter at twitter.com/markpuente.

Rays president buys mansion in St. Petersburg 12/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:55am]

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