Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is getting close to buying a $7.5 million waterfront Clearwater mansion, according to TMZ.
Brady has been renting Derek Jeter’s Davis Islands mansion, but recently Jeter listed his 22,000-square foot estate for sale at a $29 million asking price, one of the steepest in Tampa Bay.
According to TMZ, Brady is expected to close later this week on a 8,548-square foot, gated estate with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half baths, a home gym, media room, billiards room and a theater.
But Smith & Associates Real Estate, whom TMZ reports as listing the Clearwater property, disputes the report. A spokesperson initially said Brady “is not associated with the sale of this house.” Listing agent Sophia Vasilaros also re-affirmed "Brady is not buying this house,” adding that “TMZ jumped the gun.”
When asked if a trust or company associated with Brady was buying the house, Vasilaros again replied: “No … Tom Brady is not buying this house.”
The firm also handles the listing for Jeter’s residence. Lack of privacy was an issue for Brady in Davis Islands. Jeter’s estate is on a public street and faces Hillsborough Bay on the waterfront side, and drew onlookers and boat traffic.
“Where I lived in Chestnut Hill (while with the New England Patriots), I was pretty private for a long time,” Brady told Howard Stern in March. “So I forgot, in a way, like people could drive up to your house. You couldn’t drive up to my house where I lived in Chestnut Hill. Here, they could pull right up to the back of the house.
“This is a little different because when you go out to the backyard, there’s a lot of boats that have pulled up and people out the front."