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PHOTOS: Inside The Oaks a $17.5 million estate on the largest lake in Hillsborough County

Exterior of a 36-acre estate in Tampa Bay

“The Oaks,” a giant sprawling country estate situated on Lake Thonotosassa has sold. Local firm Smith & Associates Real Estate was responsible for both sides of the sale.

Champagne wishes and caviar dreams are hovering above Lake Thonotosassa. A $17.5 million estate has just sold, and it’s one of the largest homes in Hillsborough County.


“With the market being so hot and Tampa’s allure as a top city for relocations, we knew this signature property was going to move. Not only is it one of the largest homes in Hillsborough County, but it sits on one of the most idyllic lakeside settings with meticulous care to every element of the architectural design,” says Bob Glaser Smith & Associates Real Estate.

Exterior of The Oaks Estate, with an outdoor saltwater pool

What will $17.5 million get you?

Start with a quarter mile of lakefront property on the county’s largest lake. The property offers tons of shade with almost 400 mature live oaks, and twenty-one Italian Cypress trees.


The French-Normandy style gated manor was designed by Cooper Johnson Smith Architects and built by Alvarez Homes. A concept like this takes time. In its entirety, the construction process took 4 years.

A full bowling alley located on The Oaks estate

This tucked away oasis, complete with lush gardens, features a 2-story guest house, an antique collector garage that feels more like an auto museum that can hold up to 20 cars, a 2-story boathouse, a race track, horse barn an grazing pasture, indoor and outdoor salt water pools, and a 1 mile jogging trail.

It’s a 36-acre estate that’s one golden sunrise away from Eden.

A full media room and lounge, with vaulted ceilings at The Oaks estate

The chic layout also offers ample opportunity for fun. There’s a grand salon, a craft room, a bowling alley (!), fitness rooms, steam and sauna rooms, game room, 3 fireplaces, a massage area, a men’s lounge, and a chef’s kitchen.

A full chef’s kitchen with imperial blue granite countertops

It is a manor of one thousand lights. The epic architectural wonder offers 8-bedrooms, 12-bathrooms, 14-half baths for 36,361 square feet of air conditioned space, and 42,782 square feet under roof. Not to mention 11,000 square feet of workshop space and a gatehouse with a half bath.

A 20-car garage on The Oaks estate

This home was made for those who love to cook, or for those who love to have private chefs come cook for them. The chef’s kitchen features imperial blue granite countertops. The most notable appliance is the 72″ LaCornue range with double vaulted ovens and large French top.

Indoor saltwater pool

There’s also a Wolf Island oven, SubZero refrigerator and wine cooler, ice maker, 2 chill drawers, wood beams, and oversized pantry.

Inside one of the grand bathrooms at The Oaks estate

Taylor & Taylor Partnerships designed the interiors of the manor. The home is owned by Don Wallace, founder of Lazy Days RV, and his wife Erika.

Aerial view of The Oaks Estate

Mary Pond of the Pond Gunning team at Smith & Associates Real Estate is the listing agent.

The home was owned by Erika and Don Wallace, founder of Lazy Days RV, and marketed and listed by Smith & Associates’ leading team, Ed Gunning, Mary Pond, and Dina Sierra Smith. The team represented the buyer and the seller for the home.

*Photos courtesy of Smith & Associates Real Estate


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