3313 Turkeyfoot Road Rumors - Is Joey Votto Building this home?
If you want to create some gossip in Northern Kentucky, just build the biggest house in the area on a highly traveled highway. Construction has been in progress on this home for what seems like years, but everytime I drive by it, there is something new done to it. There is one rumor going around about Joey Votto, first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds baseball organization is building the mansion. I have a theory that proves otherwise.
The property was previously owned by a Charles and Ruth Gall (found in tax records) and was a 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bathroom ranch home on 7.6 acres. The MLS listing added that the value was in the land. I would say so, because when the buyer purchased, they paid $818,000 of the $895,000 list price and bulldozed the homestead. Tax records show the property in an attorney's name who currently lives in Hebron, KY.
Here is a photo of the original homestead (courtesy of the Northern Kentucky MLS)
JOEY VOTTO MYTH BUSTED?
The sale closed on 8/6/2010 and Joey Votto did not receive his $248 Million Contract with the Reds Until the spring of 2012. I would doubt that he would spend $818,000 on a BUILDING LOT before knowing where he may end up. Also, why would he build that home in Northern Kentucky, instead of Jupiter Island, Florida or a similar area that has beautiful weather during the off season. With the lengthy baseball season, he would likely not be able to enjoy a home of this size most of the year so building in a warmer climate may make more sense. That is my opinion of the rumor.
Now that the Myth-busting is out of the way, lets take a look at what really is happening. The photo below from Google Maps shows the massive project in action.
Rumors say that the basement pour for this home was 8000 sqft and the total square footage is said to be in the 15,000 sqft range. This home ranks in the top 3 of the homes I have seen in terms of square footage in Northern Kentucky. For most commoners like myself, keeping the lights on and the cobwebs swept would be a costly operation. This home is certainly for someone who has made their millions. The builder, Tim Burke, of Fort Thomas, KY has remained tight lipped about the home's owner (as he should).
We may not know for years who is the real owner of this home, but it sure is interesting to watch the construction on such a beautiful home.