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Hulk's old digs . . . // . . . and his new digs

Hulk Hogan and his family are moving into their new, 18,000-square-foot mansion and putting their 3,400-square-foot house on nearby Belleview Island on the market for $1.15-million.

The mansion, built to look like a French chateau, is on a 2.3-acre site on Clearwater Harbor. Hogan's real name is Terry Bollea. He and his wife, Linda, paid $2-million four years ago for the property at 130 Willadel Drive, along with a historic mansion that was on the site. They had the old mansion razed to make way for the new one.

Some historic preservationists decried the demolition of the structure, but the Bolleas said it was in too much disrepair to be saved. The Casa De Solana was built in 1931 for the son of former U.S. Vice President Garret A. Hobart, who served during the William McKinley administration.

Original plans for the new mansion, which will be home to the couple and their two children, called for a 2{-story house with a gymnasium, spa, six-car garage and 8- by 8-foot shower with skylight.

It also was to have a spiral staircase in the master bedroom that would lead to a retracting skylight and roof for sunbathing, a spacious wine closet and a "keeping room,"' where food could be prepared for freezing or flowers could be arranged. The mansion also was to have a pool with fountain and fish pond.

The finished product may not have all the amenities called for in the original plans; then again, it may have more. The mansion grew by 6,000 feet by the time it was done.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Milu McNay, a broker and saleswoman with The Prudential Florida Realty who has seen the new mansion and is listing the Bolleas' old house. "The quality is absolutely amazing. You are transported to a medieval French chateau."

Fans of the TV and wrestling celebrity won't be able to sneak a peek at the former Hulk house. Visits to the house, behind an electronic gate on the island in the Intracoastal Waterway, are by appointment only. Prospective buyers will be screened to make sure they have the wherewithal to buy such a house.

"We're not just going to take anybody in," said McNay. She recently sold the main and north houses on British race car driver Nigel Mansell's estate, not far from the Bolleas' new mansion, for $6.5-million.

The former Hulk house, which the family has lived in since it was built in 1988, has three bedrooms, a study, 4{ baths, a three-car garage, pool, Jacuzzi and dock. It is in a contemporary style with Key West flavor, McNay said.

It has a cozy, comfortable feel and is about average for size and price among the 30 or so houses on the island, she said.

The house will be marketed internationally through magazines and newspaper ads.

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