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Tiger Woods flattens his £23m Florida estate
Tiger Woods, the world's highest earning sportsman, snapped up 10 immaculately-appointed acres of what Forbes magazine has dubbed "The world's most expensive zip code" and ripped it all up so he could start again.
The existing 13-year-old mansion has gone, as have three other large houses, two swimming pools, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and a mini-golf course on the estate on Jupiter Island.
Tiger Woods's architects have drawn up plans for a 10,000 sq ft, two-storey house that - on paper, at least - wouldn't look out of place in the average business park.
A glass lift runs from the grand entrance to the first floor where there will be three bedrooms and a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms.
A basement will house a large wine cellar and possibly a cinema and games area.
Adjoining the house, which features huge windows, will be four other new buildings, including a boat house, golf training studio, three-car garage and guest house.
Outside, there will be a tennis court, gym, pool, lap lane and a small golf course. A pair of boat docks will provide a berth for Tiger Woods's 155ft, £10 million yacht, Privacy.
Scores of trees have been re-planted and heavy landscaping will provide the Tiger Woods family with the privacy they require on an island which bans high boundary walls.
Tiger Woods, 31, who earned an estimated £45 million last year, is reportedly spending £8-10 million on the redevelopment. He is said to have fallen in love with Jupiter, where neighbours include the singer Celine Dion, while searching last year for a 30th birthday present for himself.
He, his wife, Elin, and their baby daughter, Sam Alexis, are set to move into the house as soon as it is finished in 18 months' time.
Tiger Woods also owns property in Orlando, California, Wyoming and Sweden, his wife's home country.
Jeff Newell, a Jupiter Island building official, said: "Compared with what someone like Tiger Woods could have built, this is really quite modest."
Read more at www.telegraph.co.uk
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