Developer Ben Mallah buys former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard’s Pinellas home for $16.5 million

Real estate investor Ben Mallah bought a gulf-front mansion Thursday for $16.5 million, by far the most ever paid for a residential property in the Tampa Bay area. The seller was former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, who built the house four years ago on 200 feet of private beach that he bought for $3.5 million. Mallah, known for his…

Sales of Tampa Bay homes plunge in December

Sales of single family-homes in the Tampa Bay area plunged in December as prices again rose. In one good sign for buyers, though, the supply of available homes continued to inch up, with Pinellas County having its largest supply in at least three years. The bay area market reflected those statewide and nationally, both of which saw a slump in…

Tampa bayfront home sells for $6.4 million, top in Hillsborough County this year

A bayfront estate in South Tampa’s Culbreath Isles sold today for $6.4 million, the most paid for a Hillsborough County home this year and the second highest in the Tampa Bay area. The buyers — who are local but have not been identified — were so smitten with the five-bedroom, four-bath house that they bought it completely furnished, according to…

Former Steinbrenner home on Davis Islands sells for nearly $6.3 million

Tampa’s Bay’s luxury market is kicking off another strong year with the $6.275 million sale of an 8,000-square-foot bayfront home on Davis Islands. The seven-bedroom, seven-bath home sold in late January in an off-market transaction. The deed had not been recorded as of Friday, but the seller was a pair of trusts in the name of Christina S. Lavery, records…