Home of former Bucs' QB Vinny Testaverde hits market for nearly $5 million

Published June 5 2017
Updated June 5 2017

ODESSA — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Vinny Testaverde and his wife Mitzi are downsizing, and it shouldn't be hard to find a smaller place.

The 12,323-square-foot Lake Keystone mansion that the Testaverdes and their sons have called home for a decade just hit the market at $1 shy of $5 million.

And while the property is not quite as big as a football field, it does come with a veritable sports complex including basketball and tennis courts, putting green, full-size gym and of course a pool.

With the kids growing up, "it's a big house for two people," Tunisia Abraham, the Berkshire Hathway listing agent, said Monday.

In addition to the sports-related amenities, the seven- bedroom, eight-bath home that the Testaverdes built in 2007 boasts a wine room, full bar, an oversized laundry room with moveable island and "wrapping station" and a separate casita or in-law suite.

The Brooklyn-born Testaverde, now 53, won the Heisman Trophy while playing for the University of Miami in 1986 and was drafted the following year by the Bucs as the No. 1 overall draft pick. After leaving the Bucs at the end of the 1992 season he went on to play for the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.

In 2007, Testaverde's last year as a player, he and his wife paid Gray Homes $4.55 million to build the house in the Dolce Vita subdivision. In 2013, the couple sued Gray, alleging numerous structural and water intrusion problems that caused, among other things, "excessive levels of mold and mildew." The case was settled in 2015.

In 2011, the couple bought an adjacent parcel at a foreclosure auction for $455,000; that is included in the current sale.

Three years ago, the Dolce Vita homeowners association obtained a foreclosure judgment against the Testaverdes for $4,248 stemming from delinquent assessments. The case was dismissed a few months later after they paid $2,996, records show.

Following one of the longest careers in pro football, Testaverde worked as quarterbacks coach at Tampa's Jesuit High School, where his son, Vincent Jr. attended. The younger Testaverde currently is a reserve quarterback at the University of Miami.

Although they plan to downsize, the Testaverdes have indicated they will remain in the Tampa Bay area, Abraham said.

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