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South Tampa home of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and wife Joan on the market

TAMPA — With four children, 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and hundreds of friends, Joan Steinbrenner needed a big place to entertain. And she had it, a nearly 13,500-square-foot gated mansion overlooking the Palma Ceia golf course.

Now, five months after the widow of former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died, the two-story house the couple bought in 2000 has hit the market for $5.75 million.

The fourth-largest home currently for sale in the Tampa Bay area, the gated mansion built in 1958 has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a rec room with bar, a library and a media room. The upstairs master suite includes a walk-in closet that at 600 square feet is bigger than the living rooms in many good-sized homes.

The entire west side of the house looks out on a lush garden with vine-covered arches leading to the pool and golf course. For those weekend guests or grown kids returning to the fold, there's a one-bedroom apartment on the south side with a kitchen, living and dining room.

Listing agent Toni Everett held an open house Wednesday for agents, who trooped through slack-jawed at the enormous size. The largest home now on the Tampa Bay market is one in eastern Hillsborough with 27,151 square feet.

The Steinbrenners, who were married for 56 years, paid $3.8 million for the house. After he died nine years ago at 80, she continued living there until her death Dec. 14 at 83.

For those who want something connected to the Steinbrenners though not quite as pricey, the former home of Yankees general manger Hal Steinbrenner (one of George and Joan's children) is also for sale. Recently reduced to just under $2.1 million, the South Tampa house contains a mere 3,564 square feet.

Contact Susan Taylor Martin at smartin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8642. Follow @susanskate.

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