Johnny Damon’s 29,000 Square Foot Florida Mega Mansion

This is the mega mansion of baseball player Johnny Damon. It is located on Cartmel Lane in Windermere, FL. It boasts approximately 29,763 square feet of living space with a 2-lane bowling alley, lavish resort style swimming pool, attached guest house, 8-car attached garage, tennis court and much more. Wow, what a gorgeous home! The interior definitely reminds me of a swank hotel!

* Thanks to HOTR reader Nick for the tip!

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  • Stigo

    It’s finally finished.Wow it looks quite nice




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  • Daniel

    The interior is nice, but parts of it are very hotel-ish. The living room looks like it was lifted out of a hotel lobby. The exterior is typical Florida contemporanean. Said it before and I’ll say it again, central Florida really is not the most pleasurable place to call home, especially year-round.




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    • Orlando

      Could you elaborate on your opinion as to why Central Florida is not the most pleasurable place to call home year-round? thank you




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      • Daniel

        1) The weather is terrible. It rains on a nearly daily basis. The sweltering summer heat is unbearable, and the hard freezes in the winter are an annoyance. Coastal regions don’t deal with the same weather extremes.
        2) The area is completely devoid of super high-end homes.
        3)With the exception of Winter Park, the area is one giant concrete jungle. The numerous lakes (aka mosquito havens) are cute, but you can;t swim in them unless you want a gator to eat you.
        4) See number 1.




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        • Grrrowler

          I still can’t figure out why people would pay millions of dollars to live in Florida, then choose to live 50 miles from the ocean. To me at least, the ocean is the whole point of Florida.




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          • Daniel

            I knew I forgot a point, let alone the MOST important one. I completely agree. It’s one thing living in a western community on the coast such as Le Lac (which I love) 4 miles west of the ocean, but living 30 miles from the beach is unbearable (And I don’t even like the beach that much!). I can only imagine how the people in the square states/mid-westerners deal with it 😛




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          • Tom

            I must chime in. First off, it does not rain nearly every day in Central Florida. Maybe July – August but even now is not really happening. In the summer months it is very humid as most sub tropical climates are. I give you that one. But October through April, the weather is perfect. We only get about 1-2 freezes a year. Far less than most unless you are on the Gold Coast or the West Coast. Living on the ocean is over-rated and impossible to get around due to traffic and limited roads.

            Completely void of High End Homes/ Never been to the Windermire / Dr. Phillips area? Isle Worth, Lake Nona and Heathrow are some of the most expensive home in Central Fl., $3mm plus.

            Most of the larger lakes are very swim-able unless you decide to swim long after dark. Gators usually will swim away during the day. At night, that is when they hunt.

            Insurance on the coast is crazy. Most Insurance companies will not cover ground floors unless you are willing to have another mortgage to pay it.

            Finally, if you have big bucks, Florida is the best place because not state income tax and no personal property tax. The rich and mega wealthy love that, (Me too)




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          • Daniel

            @ Tony

            -It does rain nearly every single day, and not just 2 months out of the year. You don’t get the cool ocean breezes 30 miles inland, and the humidity is unbearable. Regarding the traffic, I live near the ocean in Boca Raton. The area is sometimes crowded, but that is the damn appeal of it. If was wealthy, I don’t think I’d be bitching about traffic on Los Olas or Ocean Drive or Worth Avenue if I was in my Phantom Drophead…The whole point is to encounter traffic and gawkers and show off how much money you have.
            -I said super high-end homes. $3 million is a nice home. $30 million+ is a super high-end home. Show me 5 properties in central Florida WORTH that that don’t include 100 acres+.
            -Swimming in the lakes wouldn’t be necessary if you lived on or near the ocean. Additionally, if the muck on the bottom of them isn’t enough of a turn-off, the rash from the algae will be.
            -Okay, you have a point with the insurance, but if you have a $20 million+ oceanfront home, is that honestly your biggest worry?
            -Also agree regarding the tax.




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        • tom

          1. it dose not freeze in florida
          2. the Isleworth neighborhood in on swamp land every house is on septic and the houses couldnt be closer to one of another
          3. the lakes are safe to swim in you have more chance of drowning than being attacked by a gator

          Building that pool was a nightmare. took forever on it




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    • LEB

      I live in Central FL, and I like it.




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      • Eric

        Daniel –

        FYI…Your’e the reason everybody outside of Boca makes fun of Boca. The most expensive home in the state is in the same community as Damon’s house and probably sits on 1 acre at the most. It is currently for sale for 70 M unfinished and 100 M finished. You can see it on google maps. Also to note, Winter Park is very comparable to Palm Beach real estate wise sans Worth Ave.

        Another thing to note is Damon grew up in Orlando and loves it here. Honestly for him it has nothing to do with taxes or other shelters. His house is also on the Butler chain of lakes which is some of the clearest water I have ever seen. Only lake in FL I have never seen a gator. Not saying they’re not there but I have never seen one.




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        • Daniel

          Ha. Makes me remember a bumper sticker I once saw and COMPLETELY agree with: “Boca – We can buy your city…twice.”

          Regarding Versailles, I said show me a house that is WORTH $30 million+, not one where the delusional owners ASKS that amount. I can slap a billion-dollar price tag on my house – doesn’t mean it’s worth it. Even so, I’m waiting for the 4 other properties…

          Finally, your analogy of Winter Park to Palm Beach is incredibly naive. Winter Park is probably the nicest town in Central Florida, and I admittedly love the oak tree lined and pavered streets. The downtown area with the shops is nice, and they even hold a Concours d’Elegance once a year. But any comparison of Winter Park to Palm Beach in terms of real estate (or nearly everything else for that matter) is completely useless. Winter Park’s best house may be worth $8-$10 million in a seller’s market. Every home in the Estates section is worth that in PB. Let’s not even begin to add in Intracoastal/Lakefront homes or oceanfront homes. You people think I’m crazy and arrogant, but PB is untouchable in terms of real estate. You will not find a greater concentration of homes WORTH $30 million+ anywhere else in this part of the country.




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          • Chance

            You are arrogant, lets not be naive. Nothing wrong with it (well there kinda is, because your arrogance is about other peoples money), but either way, it’s who you are, so at least your true to it.




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  • Lonnie

    Not my taste but it’s still beautiful.




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  • Onions

    Bowling alley aside, this place is amazing and has one of the best pools I have ever seen! Would love to see the floor plans.




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  • Limedaiquar

    It looks like the friggin’ Hyatt Place…




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  • Joejoe509

    The exterior looks like a hotel too… 🙁 The entrance portico looks lifted from a Best Western. C’mon… they could have used some imagination with that one. I know it’s just furnishings, but I really can’t stand bench-style seating in a dining room. The use of wood colors is nice, but upon closer inspection it looks like the house is covered in wood laminate or a weird retro wall paper. It is pretty swanky and stylish, but all I see is an upscale resort or maybe a luxury fitness facility. As far as contemporary interiors go, it’s pretty warm and and inviting. The house itself seems to be custom and well designed but without the furnishings, I bet this house would look REALLY cookie-cutter. All the doorways and ceilings are basically unadorned. The columns are nothing special. Once you use your imagination and ignore most of the furniture, it looks very blank and very boring. And my least favorite part is the doctor’s office entry doorway. YUCK.

    If you were to drive up I don’t think you would realize the sheer size of it – and I consider that a good thing. I like how the large garage structures are hidden behind a porte cochere. Although somewhat cliche’ looking, I also really like the pool area.

    Overall I like it and it’s certainly impressive on many levels, but it’s just really not my style. It would be a cool place to hang out, however! 🙂




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s lovely, but like everyone else I get a strong hotel vibe from the place. I like the style and the details in many of the rooms, and appreciate the “warm” contemporary with lots of natural materials. But, it comes across as a little too generic. The pool area is certainly nice, but it only reinforces the hotel feel. I agree with Joejoe that the bench seating in the dining is a terrible idea. It doesn’t look bad and it takes the formality level down a notch, but whoever gets stuck on that bench is going to have an uncomfortable meal.




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  • george

    If you consider the fact that for his entire adult life, he worked 7 days a week, 8 months a year, and spent at least half his time living in hotel rooms, the house will feel very homey to him.




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    • LEB

      I totally agree! I honestly see nothing wrong with it. He’ll be living in style – his style – and his guests will feel like they’re staying at a world-class resort.




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  • James

    the stairs say…i wanna b modern…with that glass banister




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    • Joejoe509

      I think it says… I wanna be a library. Or maybe it just looks like my local library… lol




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      • James

        yeah i agree with joejoe509 it does look like a public libary or museum staircase…




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  • Jeff P.

    Those living room sofas look like someone found them sitting on the curb somewhere.

    Also, the pendant lights in the kitchen – total overkill.

    Love the pool though. I want to live by that pool.




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  • Tony

    I bet Johnny’s totally pissed that no one on here fully loves this place. I hope he doesn’t see these comments.




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    • Marie

      LOL!




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      • James

        ha ha i was just think about that and if the owners of thees homes know how badly we tear their homes apart lol




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  • Hunter

    This home is beautiful. Somewhat hotelish, but I’d take it! As for Central Florida, I live in Winter Springs for two full years going to golf school. For a golfer, its hard to beat in Florida due to the number of solid courses. Plus you do have many attractions that always keep you entertained. And the daily ran is usually only for 30 – 60 minutes, after which the sun comes back out. As a lifelong Minnesotan, I’ll take Orlando year round. Winter in MN sucks. However, my choice location would be the Miami area, particularly Coconut Grove. I’m heading there next winter. Plenty of beautiful home down there!




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  • Hunter

    The place next door on the left in the overhead shots looks like its gonna be a nice one two. Several turrets on it.




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  • Chance

    I like it more than I dislike it, which is a win in my books lol.




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  • lee

    Built by Jones Clayton:

    http://jones-clayton.com/gallery/#/0/5




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    • Kenny Forder

      thanks!




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    • Joejoe509

      Nice find! No, they aren’t nearly the best builder out there, but it’s obvious that Johnny’s place is not their crowning achievement. There’s actually some cool stuff in there!




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  • Barney

    Any hope of the house having the LEAST BIT of credibility, believability, class, proportion, warmth, etc., etc., etc., has been COMPLETELY DESTROYED by it’s STARK RAVING MAD RIDICULOUS AND USELESS GARGANTUAN MASS.




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    • Joejoe509

      I don’t know Barney… I’ve seen some pretty bloated properties that retain some of their class and proportion. And this one isn’t even the worst of the bunch.




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  • David L. Gossett04

    Wow!! You have such a gorgeous and beautiful home. You definitly went all out. I totally dig your whole complete home from the inside to the outside and from the top to the bottom. Your designer all over the home is awesome. I love all your furnitures and every aspect of this home. You made this home look so relaxing and at ease as when anyone comes over, they will definitly feel so good and as if they are on a getaway vacation and I know I will feel like it to if I was there. I really do love your home. This is never seen before style and its amazing especially with your pool side view and the bowling alley. The bowling alley is crazy. I’m so happy and proud of you Johnny for all the great achievements and accomplishment you have succeeded. As we grew up together since 6th grade to graduating together at Dr. Phillips and still counting, you and your whole entire family is much loved and respected by me and my family. Congratulations to you and your family. May all of you continue to be bless with success, good health and love. God bless. Good luck this season 2012. Go Rays!!!




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  • Joseph

    That house looks awesome, but I’m even more interested in the castle house next to it. I actually stumbled on this area on bing maps, and it looks extremely affluent and very beautiful. There were many huge mansions and executive homes on this neighborhood. Although I’ve never liked how sunbelt suburbs were stacked on top of each other. In the Midwest, even smaller dense suburban tract homes are often placed on a third of an acre, and the property is relatively cheap.

    Other than that, while looking around this neighborhood, I spotted a gigantic house with a blue roof, and many sources stated it was 28,000 square feet. It might have been a ranch house, but it had to be the longest private residence I’ve seen, considering it was over 500 feet long. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were nearly 50,000 square feet.




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    • Chance

      That house with the blue roof is Shaq’s house. It was on MTV Cribs back in 2004. During the episode he said the house is 64,000 square feet.




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