Remember Evander Holyfield’s Mega-Mansion? Well Guess What — Rick Ross Just Bought It

  • Jake O'Donnell

What’s white-ish taupe, formerly owned by Evander Holyfield, 44,234-square-feet, 109 rooms, and has two swimming pools — one of which is the largest in the entire United States?

Rick Ross’s new house! (Also, the new student center at your alma mater.)

The Fayetteville, Georgia “home,” which is more like a really nice Double Tree Inn, is not only the biggest single family home in the state, but also the property of a local bank. Can you believe it? Evander Holyfield — who was recently kicked off Big Brother UK for being a homophobic dummy — is broke? The house went into foreclosure in 2008, and sat there until the big boss himself decided to drop an undisclosed amount of money and flat out buy the place. Our best guess is somewhere south of the $6.875 million mark, seeing as that was the asking price when the mansion went back on the market in December, combined with the fact that it repeatedly was yanked off the market due to unacceptably low bids (in the $2.5 million range, so we imagine Ross spent more than that figure).

We imagine that a spender as frivolous as Ricky Rosay is an auctioneer’s dream — especially when it comes to selling ridiculous homes built by similarly frivolous boxing legends. Kind of like the blind leading the blind in that two terrible money managers are picking up each other’s tabs on shit they shouldn’t have purchased in the first place. Oh well, all we’re thinking about are the obscene parties Ross (who’s real name is William Leonard Roberts II) will be throwing on the grounds that formerly housed Evander Holyfield’s obscene parties. Specs include, but are not limited to, the following:

[] …12 bedrooms and 21 bathrooms. A tiered movie theater seats a staggering total of 135, and a formal dining room area can accommodate 100 guests quite comfortably.

In addition to an in-house bowling alley, the home is about as close to a sportsman’s paradise as one will find. On its 235-acre grounds is a handball court, a softball field, a tennis court, a seven-stall barn and a 350,000-gallon pool…

Twenty years after its construction, the beast once called “Villa Vittoriosa” will finally have another obnoxiously rich occupant, wasting his money on the estimated million dollar yearly upkeep.


Photos via Neil J. Leitereg of