After Tom Brady signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the quarterback needed to move his family into a posh property worthy of the game's greatest player.
And along with his two-year, $50 million deal to take over as the Bucs signal caller, the quarterback has dialed up a play for a place to stay. The Tampa Bay Times has reported that Brady's agreed to rent the massive mansion of baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter on Tampa's Davis Islands.
We spoke with a few local real estate agents for a few takeaways on Brady's latest off-field move.
From one baller to another
It truly is all about who you know.
“In this case, I think Brady knew what he wanted and honed in on it immediately, because of his connection to Derek Jeter,” says Cara Ameer, a bicoastal agent with Coldwell Banker licensed in California and Florida.
Ameer added that the decision makes perfect sense, because Brady won't be in Tampa forever.
“He wanted all the benefits of a trophy property that was well-suited for an elite athlete—without having to buy. This home accomplishes exactly that.”
And in our current coronavirus climate, it helps to have an available property that's a known quantity. There's no need for a walk-through or to involve a team of real estate professionals in the transaction. With the housing market in massive flux, Jeter's famous estate is a safe bet.
"A lot of people would know this property would be a good fit without [Brady] seeing it beforehand," says Paul DeSantis, a Tampa-based broker with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
Game recognizes game: No matter what the sport, legends have very particular needs.
"For high-profile athletes, two of the most important features you look for in a new residence are safety and privacy," says Doug Waechter of Douglas Elliman’s Sports & Entertainment Division in St. Petersburg.
For an elite athlete looking for a place to chill for a couple of years, Waechter told us, privacy is paramount.
"[This home] will allow a family to find a sense of normalcy in a life that can be very chaotic and stressful at times. The same reasons that Derek Jeter chose this location make it a perfect fit for the Brady family as well."
Davis Islands offers the Florida dream
In addition to the mansion's privacy, the affluent neighborhood is also a big draw.
“Davis Islands is a very unique community that is a very family-friendly, suburban community of single-family homes that is next to downtown and surrounded by water, which is attractive on many levels,” DeSantis notes.
And if you're going to be working full-time in Florida, you might as well embrace the abundant sunshine. Jeter's beautiful estate sits on the water, which, as DeSantis points out, is "the Florida dream."
It also doesn't hurt that Jeter's place is only about a 15-minute drive to the stadium where Brady will star on Sundays. In addition, it's an easy walk, bike, or boat ride to downtown Tampa.
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