SOLD | Built 2012 | 36,361 Sq. Ft. | 8 Beds | 12.5+ Baths | 36 Acres
12321 Fort King Highway, Thonotosassa, Florida, United States, 33592
A substantial private estate on the banks of Lake Thonotosassa about 30 minutes from downtown Tampa, Florida has sold for $16.7 million after dropping to $17.5 million in February 2020. The sprawling estate hit the market in February 2019 for $22 million. It belonged to LazyDays founder and former CEO, Don Wallace, who retired from the RV business in February 2007. The French Normandy style estate was designed by Cooper Johnson Smith Architects and Town Planners and includes a 36,000 square foot main house, making it the third largest home in the county and the largest home on Lake Thonotosassa. It was built by Tampa-based home builders Alvarez Homes, who spent a four year period on the project. Don Cooper of Cooper Johnson Smith Architects, said that the property is composed of several structures of various materials that have been placed around courtyards and gardens to give the impression that the estate was built over an extended period of time. The arrangement also works to minimize the massive size of the residence.
The home includes an impressive kitchen, a multitude of formal living areas, a men’s lounge, bowling alley and an indoor pool. There is also a guest house and pool pavilion, horse stables and barn, a race track and an 11,000 square foot air conditioned garage and workshop. The property spans nearly 36 acres with a quarter mile of frontage on Lake Thonotosassa. According to Alvarez Homes, the hardwood flooring throughout the main house is hand-scraped, pillow-edged, acid-etched custom stained French oak. It is installed in a herringbone pattern in the men’s lounge, in a Versailles pattern in the dining room and parlor, and in a running pattern in other areas, while the flooring in the main living areas is Belgian limestone. Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that the property includes more than 600 trees with 400 mature live oaks and 21 imported Italian Cypress trees. Four contiguous properties were acquired to form the 36 acre estate which includes a 1 mile jogging trail and a two-storey boat house. The property was on the market for $17.5 million with Mary Pond of Smith & Associates Real Estate.