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Derek Jeter's new estate draws attention

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter recently moved into a 30,000-square-foot mansion.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter recently moved into a 30,000-square-foot mansion.

New York Yankees slugger Derek Jeter is often the talk of the town when spring rolls around, but this year, he's on the minds of more than just baseball fans in the Big Apple, thanks to the palatial estate he's just moved into in Florida.

The new digs the Yankees shortstop had built specially for him measures 30,875 square feet and overlooks Hillsborough Bay in Tampa.

The estate is fully loaded, featuring seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, two boat lifts, a drive-through portico and two three-car garages at opposite ends of Jeter's sprawling property.

It isn't just local townies whose attention has been drawn to Jeter's larger-than-life home. In an interview with the New York Times, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon quipped, "We could actually play there," should he ever decide to sell it.

Earning $33 million a year, Derek Jeter likely paid cash for his home. If so, then it's becoming something of a theme in the Sunshine State, as 54 percent of home purchases in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties in the final quarter of 2010 were paid in cash, according to Zillow.