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That’s the same mansion Brady has been renting since signing a two-year, $50 million contract with the Buccaneers before the 2020 season.
Mr. Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, rented the palatial home from the Jeters knowing that they planned to sell the property. “Tom and Derek negotiated favorable terms in the lease agreement so the Jeters could list, market, show and sell the property for sale,” Mr. Gay said. In other words, any home tours with prospective buyers will not include a meet-and-greet with the Brady family.
Mr. Gay is Stephen Gay, the Smith & Associates Real Estate agent who has the listing.
Jeter was instrumental in convincing Brady to leave the New England Patriots after six Super Bowl titles to sign with the Buccaneers. The stars have been friends for years and were seen having dinner together in Tampa in March before Brady decided to head south following 20 seasons in Foxborough, Mass.
Jeter also is no stranger to Brady, both of whom have ties to Michigan. Brady played football for the Wolverines before becoming the 199th pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft. Mlive.com reports “Jeter actually signed a scholarship offer from the Wolverines before he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round in 1992.”
“My heart was set on (Michigan),” Jeter said. “Then I was drafted by the Yankees. The draft is a crap shoot; you never know who you’re going to get drafted by, or how high you’re going to get drafted.”
Things turned out just fine for Jeter, who went on to become a first-ballot inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
As for the mansion, the Times reports the “30,875-square-foot estate was custom-built in 2012 and sits on 1.25 acres overlooking Hillsborough Bay. The seven-bedroom house has eight full bathrooms, eight half-baths, and nearly 9,000 square feet of outdoor space including a series of covered porches and balconies, two boat lifts and an 80-foot-long saltwater lap pool.”
The sprawling home, nicknamed “St. Jetersburg” by the locals, is surrounded by a six-foot-high wall referred to as “The Great Wall of Jeter.” The five-time World Series champion moved out in 2017 when he took over the Marlins.
“I’m going to stay here for a while, because I had to find a place on really short notice, and he’s been a friend of mine,” Brady said. “We just talked about it and it all worked out, because he’s living in Miami [to run the Marlins].”
Stern asked Brady what will happen if the washing machine breaks. And Brady said he didn’t mind the life of a renter at all.
“I call and I b—- to him, and he gets it fixed,” Brady said of Jeter. “Everyone thinks they want to own a home. It’s nice to rent. You can get all the benefits with none of the responsibilities, so I’m totally cool with this. He left it furnished for me, so I didn’t have to deal with any of that.”
(NJ Advance Media’s Darryl Slater contributed to this report.)
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