$20-million gets it all
Matt Geiger's estate is on the market for almost $20-million, but he isn't moving far.
By ELENA LESLEY
Published June 28, 2007
Matt Geiger's mansion is the envy of any bachelor. The sprawling estate boasts several lavish bars, a DJ station and dance floor, hot tubs, a pizza oven and even a cigar room.
Only problem is, Geiger is settling down. The former NBA player recently had a baby with his girlfriend, and another is on the way. So he has put a price tag on the party pad: nearly $20-million.
"It's not really baby-friendly, " Geiger's Realtor, Toni Everett, said of the 28, 000-square-foot house.
The master bedroom and the other bedrooms aren't on the same floor, and Geiger wants to be closer to his children, she said. But he isn't moving far. Geiger is building a child-friendly house in nearby Bison Creek Estates, a gated community that he is developing on Keystone Road.
Geiger, 38, declined to comment. The 7-foot-1 former Countryside High School star built his home after his NBA career with the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Geiger's mansion became the largest residence in Pinellas County.
The house "was really built for entertaining, " Everett said.
And Geiger put it to use.
Since the home was completed in 2003, Geiger has hosted a number of parties for friends and charities - from a New Orleans-themed bash to "Geigerween, " for which he transformed the mansion into a supersized haunted house. The house has had a crack at the big screen, too. Scenes from the movie The Punisher were filmed there in 2003. In the movie, Geiger's home became the estate of a gangster played by John Travolta.
Everett said she has already shown the house, listed at $19.9-million, to two prospective buyers, and has two more signed up to see it. "I don't think it's going to be too hard to sell, " she said.
By the numbers
28, 000 Square footage of the house.
40 Number of televisions in the home.
330, 000 Gallons of water in the swimming pool.
5, 200 Square footage of the guest house.
$177, 000 Yearly property tax bill.
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