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Take a look inside the mansion ex-Buccaneers player Vinny Testaverde just can’t sell

The 12,323 sq-ft. home has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two kitchens, a wine cellar and a scenic swimming pool.
The swimming pool and basketball and tennis courts (Courtesy of Adam Duff/Firelight Images)
Published Jun. 20
Updated Jun. 20

It has been more than two years since Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Vinny Testaverde put his $3.95 million Odessa mansion on the market.

And yet he just cannot find a buyer.

Sitting on the banks of Lake Keystone, the 12,323-square-foot home boasts a long roster of amenities.

The home, built for the Testaverde and his family in 2007, includes: seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, basketball and tennis courts, a wine cellar, full bar, 10-car garage, two full kitchens, 15-person movie theater, dance studio, lakefront dock and full-size gym, all sitting on five lakefront acres.

All that, and the Testaverdes still can’t sell.

The house first hit the market in June 2017, listed at just below $5 million. After almost two years with no buyer, the Testaverdes decided to up their asking price to $6 million.

But only a month later, the couple put their house up for auction, with no success. So they’ve now re-listed the house and dropped the price by about $2 million to its current listing of $3.95 million.

Lake Keystone from Testaverde's dock (Courtesy of Adam Duff/Firelight Images)

Who might buy this kind of estate? WWE wrestler Chris Jericho looked at the property, but settled on another Lake Keystone home in February.

Vinny Testaverde (AP Photo/Rick Havner)

The home’s location in northern Hillsborough County may be the reason why it won’t sell, said the Testaverdes’ most recent listing agent, Evan Pedone. People searching for luxury homes in the Tampa Bay area are likely looking for one on the Bay or on the Gulf, Pedone said, rather than on a lake.

The former Bucs player has a long history in the Tampa Bay area. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Bucs in 1987 but left the team in 1992. He played for six NFL teams during his career before retiring in 2007.


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