Vinny Testaverde Selling Florida Mansion With Controversial Past

NFL veteran Vinny Testaverde has listed his mansion in Odessa, FL, for $4.9 million. The seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom mansion has been decked out from top to bottom.

After buying the property in 2004, Testaverde wasted little time upgrading the 3.67-acre lot with features too numerous to list, according to the listing agent. 

And the mansion comes with an interesting history.

The signal caller bought the home for just under $800,000 and immediately made news when the city threatened to fine the family if they didn’t replant some 20 trees that were cut down without the proper permit.

A decade later, the home was back in the news—this time as part of a lawsuit the quarterback’s family filed against Gray Homes of Tampa Bay claiming breach of contract and building code violations.

The suit points the finger at the home’s builder for water damage that led to mildew, bugs, and rotting wood, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Four years later, there are no signs of prior problems. The mansion has wood flooring throughout and comes with vaulted and tray ceilings in each room.

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Front exterior with fountain

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Virtual golf room

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The first floor of the three-story home was designed with entertainment in mind. There you’ll find a full bar, wine room, and plenty of space to host parties. Also on the ground floor are the gym, ice tub, and sauna.

The kitchen features a butler’s pantry, another walk-in pantry, and state-of-the-art appliances. The oversize laundry room with moveable island and gift wrapping station is nearby.

There’s a separate in-law suite with a private entrance, bathroom, and wet bar. Outside there’s a full-size kitchen, basketball and tennis courts, a large deck, pool, and putting green.

And if you can’t get enough golf outside, just head to the virtual golf room located on the third floor.

Testaverde rose to national prominence as quarterback for the University of Miami, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1986.

The QB stayed in Florida with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his first five seasons in the NFL. He bounced around the league and played for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Carolina Panthers over a career that spanned 21 seasons. He retired after the 2007 season with two Pro Bowls, 275 touchdowns, and over 46,000 passing yards to his name.

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