Tampa Charmer With the Very Charming Price

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Sometimes our Sunday Historical Shelter has an intriguing backstory, but sometimes — as is the case this week’s Tampa Mediterranean bungalow — it was picked because it is just simply adorable.

The home sits in Seminole Heights, which is a historic Tampa neighborhood and district chock-a-block full of historic bungalows and buildings. One of Tampa’s earliest residential areas with a streetcar, it (like many historic neighborhoods) had a period of decline before rebounding with new restaurants, shops, and independent businesses.

The neighborhood boasts buildings that have been around since just after the turn of the century, from churches and schools to parks. It got its start when T. Roy Young decided to use the 40 acres he owned three miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida, to develop Seminole Heights in 1911. The bungalows built there faced east-to-west and started at $5,000 The next year, more development followed, with homes that started at $1,400.

The neighborhood has one of the longest stretches of riverfront parkland in the city, bringing tons of recreational opportunities along the Hillsborough River.

Our home this week was built in 1926, and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It’s been newly renovated and updated to embrace the historic features and character of the abode, but still provide the creature comforts of 2020.

An updated kitchen stuns with new stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink, pot filler, and an open, airy feel.

Both bathrooms have gotten substantial renovations, but still feel like they are period-appropriate. 

A backyard has a patio, but is a bit of a blank slate — which means those looking for a project with their home purchase will still have something to roll up their sleeves about. 

The Tampa home has been on the market for a brief nine days, and is priced at $295,000. It’s listed by Camelia Castillo with Lombardo Heights Realty.

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