A little less than a month after selling his previous Davis Islands estate for $16 million, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has purchased another waterfront mansion less than two miles away for $8.35 million.
The sale closed Friday, according to the Multiple Listing Service. His new property, at 74 Bahama Circle, also on Davis Islands, has five bedrooms and five and one half bathrooms and is 5,665 square feet.
Similar to the previous sale, Stamkos and his wife, Sandra, bought this home without it ever being listed on the market. That’s because after they were convinced to sell their house, they wanted to stay on Davis Islands but nothing was listed for sale, said their Realtor, Allan Mezrah, who works for the Toni Everett Company.
“It wasn’t easy,” he said. “They drove around, looked at some houses they liked, and we basically knocked on doors and dropped off letters to about 30 different people on Davis Islands.”
In the early stages, they would try not to let on to potential sellers that it was Stamkos, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, inquiring about a house, Mezrah said.
“If they even sense it’s an athlete ... they’re going to multiply (the price) by three,” he said.
The sellers were a couple named John and Karin Hotchkiss, according to property records, who previously paid $3.4 million for the home.
The house, which was built in 2017, has 107 feet of waterfront on a canal and a rooftop “lookout” with views of Hillsborough Bay and downtown Tampa, according to Mezrah. It also has a new dock, two detached garages, and plenty of glass inside to highlight the canal views, he said.
One of the rooms will also become Stamkos’ new dedicated space for his trophies.
“The goal the whole time is to get him in and situated and ready before the season starts,” Mezrah said. “So he can focus on hockey and win that third Stanley Cup for us.”