If Tampa Bay’s housing market could make one wish for the new year it might be to see a repeat of the trends and upswings that made last year a “Sweet (two thousand) 16.” Single family homes fetching record-breaking prices and inventory that moved from listings to closings at a fast-clipped pace fueled a frenzy that had been missing from the local residential real estate market.
That combination of high prices and high turnover seemed to occur across the board, impacting sales of modest dwellings to multi-million dollar mansions, enabling high-priced homes to benefit from a “here-today-gone-tomorrow” demand. With Florida’s population continuing to climb, international investment in local residential properties rising and the lure of living in the Tampa Bay area becoming increasingly attractive, that heightened activity is likely to keep going and growing.
A review of Tampa Bay’s current inventory of homes in the five-million-dollar-plus range show there is no single feature commonly shared by these mansions. A closer look reveals custom touches to appealing amenities that would put these world-class homes high on anyone’s living space wish list.
Whether fronting on private golf courses or the Gulf of Mexico, nestled in historic neighborhoods or along the coasts of idyllic islands or located anywhere from Tarpon Springs to Tierra Verde or from Belleair Beach to South Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard, the
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area clearly caters to a lavish lifestyle suitable to everyone’s personal preference.
For a look at local luxury market listings, duPont REGISTRY selected the following sampling of desirable and, as of press time, still available, exceptional homes.
Featured Property One:
This magnificent estate features spectacular views of Clearwater Harbor, Sand Key’s skyline and the Intracoastal Waterway, well-manicured grounds and an idyllic setting for a residence evocative of a European manor.
Dramatically set back from the shore, the 12,935-square-foot home occupies a 1.7-acre parcel placing it 50 feet above sea level to create sweeping views of the waterfront and the 224,000-gallon swimming pool with 51-foot slide that are without peer on Florida’s West Coast.
The block, brick and stone exterior features subtle variations of shapes, shades and textures that add visual interest, exude ageless beauty and create a virtually maintenance-free surface. Interiors designed with six and a half miles of trim millwork seamlessly integrate, allowing occupants to flow freely between formal living and dining rooms and effortlessly into a theater room, wood-paneled den, music room, grand kitchen and 2,200-bottle wine cellar. Rounding out the layout is the master bedroom, four en suite harborside bedrooms plus six full and two half baths.
Interiors designed with six and a half miles of trim millwork seamlessly integrate, allowing occupants to flow freely between formal living and dining rooms and effortlessly into a theater room, wood-paneled den, music room, grand kitchen and 2,200-bottle wine cellar. Rounding out the layout is the master bedroom, four en suite harborside bedrooms plus six full and two half baths. Offered at $15,900,000
Rafal Wazio | firstname.lastname@example.org
727-424-4629 | Rafal Wazio Property Group LLC
Featured Property Two:
Previously owned by prominent families, this stunning mansion ranks as the largest residential property on Bayshore Boulevard and overlooks what may be the area’s most admired waterfront. Known as the Stovall-Lee house, the walled and gated estate was built in 1909. Wallace Stovall, founding publisher of the Tampa Tribune newspaper, and William E. Lee, whose family had the property added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, are among the distinguished locals who lived there.
Known as the Stovall-Lee house, the walled and gated estate was built in 1909. Wallace Stovall, founding publisher of the Tampa Tribune newspaper, and William E. Lee, whose family had the property added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, are among the distinguished locals who lived there.The 2.6-acre lot boasts 8,900 square feet of living space that includes spectacular views of the nearby bay and encompasses six bedrooms, nine full
The 2.6-acre lot boasts 8,900 square feet of living space that includes spectacular views of the nearby bay and encompasses six bedrooms, nine full baths and one half-bath. Surroundings feature a guest house, conservatory, French knot garden, ponds, pool and a deck crafted from tumbled travertine.
Interiors are a marvel of marble, restored moldings, original flooring, wood-burning fireplace carved from coral stone and a cypress tray-ceilinged pavilion. Custom elements added over the years include a 1,400-bottle plus wine cellar. Offered at $13,900,000
Jennifer Zales | jennifer@JenniferZales.com | 813-758-3443
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Featured Property Three:
No expense was spared and no opportunity overlooked to create a one-of-a-kind lifestyle for owners of this exquisite Mediterranean-style estate. The expansive 21,000-square-foot home encompasses five bedrooms and nine full baths that are complemented by a 6,200-square-foot guest house with four bedrooms and four full baths.
The interior of this world-class residence is the epitome of elegance. Travertine marble and polished wood floors flow seamlessly throughout public areas. Groin vaulted ceilings dramatically rise 26 feet high allowing in natural light from numerous floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows while ornate fixtures to striking chandeliers give rooms a warm glow.
Rooms range from formal to fun. One wing has been transformed into The Village, a faux street front lined with shops, movie theater, pub, poker and cigar room plus a loft-style music lounge. The 16-acre Tarpon Springs estate’s other entertaining elements include a pool featuring 14 waterfalls, a river for floating, water slide that glides through a tunnel and a swim-up tiki bar. Offered at $12,000,000
Diane Swainston | email@example.com
727-688-8875 | Sotheby’s International Realty
Featured Property Four:
Originally constructed for the scion of a distinguished Florida family that made its fortune in building materials, this stately home is grand in scale, rich in history and incomparably elegant.Formerly known as the Rinker estate, the 11,622-square-foot residence was home for nearly 25 years to Marshall Rinker, Jr.,
Formerly known as the Rinker estate, the 11,622-square-foot residence was home for nearly 25 years to Marshall Rinker, Jr.,
a community leader known for his passions for tennis and philanthropy.
Built on a graded bluff boasting spectacular views of Clearwater Harbor and the Intracoastal Waterway, the 1.8-acre site includes a tennis court, heated pool with spa and a Romanesque fountain plaza viewable from three tiers. Wraparound Harborside terraces cover the entire breadth of this estate while a sweeping Romeo and Juliet staircase overlooks a two-story foyer.
Artisan quality Bespoke Millwork and custom cabinetry add to the overall beauty that is evident throughout the formal living and dining rooms, paneled study, “Speakeasy” recreation room and six bedroom, seven full and three half bathrooms. The home will convey with a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Bentley Arnage and a Louis Valtat painting. Offered at $10,000,000
Rafal Wazio | firstname.lastname@example.org
727-424-4629 | Rafal Wazio Property Group LLC
Featured Property Five:
Enjoy an extraordinary 120-foot span of white sand beachfront while experiencing all that this epic estate offers. Along with spectacular views of pristine Redington Beach and the picturesque Gulf of Mexico, the architectural artistry and master craftsmanship found throughout this 7,254-square-foot home make it a property of unparalleled beauty.
Elegantly integrated surfaces crafted from Europa stone, marble and granite, American Cherry hardwood floors, hand-painted wall murals, 32’ vaulted ceilings, four Schonbek Swarovski crystal chandeliers, retractable glass walls and a glass atrium overlooking the infinity pool contribute to the captivating interior that includes four bedrooms, six full and two half baths.
The formal dining room comfortably accommodates 22 guests, the wine cellar boasts a 900-bottle capacity and a workout room conveniently features a full bath, sauna and separate marble steam room. Ideally located on Central Florida’s West Coast, this opulent estate is convenient to a worldwide transportation hub, Tampa International Airport. Offered at $7,900,000
William Newsome | WNewsome2@tampabay.rr.com
727-667-6365 | RE/MAX PREFERRED
Featured Property Six:
Fine finishes and decorative details contribute to the exquisite interior and exterior of this distinguished Culbreath Isles home. Ornate fireplaces, intricately crafted metal handrails, striking chandeliers and beamed ceilings create artistry throughout this estate’s 6,683 square feet of living space.Built on nearly a half-acre lot, this two-story bay-facing residence offers resort-like amenities that include a putting green, private dock with lift and a pool bordered by a 14 x 34’ lanai plus outdoor patio.
Built on nearly a half-acre lot, this two-story bay-facing residence offers resort-like amenities that include a putting green, private dock with lift and a pool bordered by a 14 x 34’ lanai plus outdoor patio. The two-story living room defines dramatic design while the polished wood-paneled den sports its own
The two-story living room defines dramatic design while the polished wood-paneled den sports its own full-service bar. A billiards room overlooks and opens directly onto the poolside lanai.
Premium cabinetry and Carrara marble combine both function and finesse in the kitchen as arched windows and entryways located throughout the floor plan fill the five bedroom, four full and two half bath space with lots of natural light. Offered at $7,795,000
Hughes Shelton Realtors| email@example.com
813-690-2811 | Coldwell Banker
Featured Property Seven:
Inspired by the iconic architecture made popular by Addison Mizner, this stunning Davis Islands home combines state-of-the-art technology with an Old World flair reminiscent of Mediterranean-revival styles. The 7,284-square-foot waterfront estate embodies what most envision when picturing the ultimate Florida lifestyle. But, what resembles a remote island getaway, is actually only minutes from Tampa’s vibrant downtown.
Breathtaking views of the bay await from abundant outdoor porches flanking both levels, including indoor and outdoor dining areas, master suites, spa-like bathrooms and second-floor gym.
With five bedrooms, seven baths, a study, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen with wine cellar, plus billiards and media rooms, occupants enjoy an uncommon level of comfort, convenience, and cache.
That same quality of lifestyle extends to the lanais overlooking the sparkling pool cabana that is fully outfitted with bath, bar and chef’s outdoor kitchen, combination pool and spa and marina-like dock complete with lifts. Offered at $7,500,000
Julie Lux | firstname.lastname@example.org
813-598-0911 | The Lux Group
Featured Property Eight:
Magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico are a spectacular feature of this custom-built waterfront estate. The Tierra Verde residence has 12,601 square feet of living space that fully embraces the island lifestyle. It’s perfect for enjoying the great outdoors while offering an elegant setting for entertaining family and friends.
Craftsmanship is evident in the distinctive woodwork of the coffered ceilings, sweeping staircases, two-story wood paneled library and executive office.
From the gourmet kitchen outfitted with commercial appliances, dual master suites, two-story glass walls showcasing breathtaking views, fitness center and media room, every need has been anticipated. The home is designed to enjoy the outdoors with expansive terraces overlooking the Gulf and a pool with a hidden grotto and waterfall.
The crystal Lalique chandeliers and marble finishes, such as the Italian Travertine that covers the entire exterior, and the exquisite marble floors and bathrooms throughout the interior are features that make this five bedroom, eight bath home a truly distinctive retreat. Offered at $6,400,000
Judith Holland and Caryn Rightmyer
email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
727-692-8992 | 727-409-9696
RE/MAX METRO | Holland & Rightmyer
Featured Property Nine:
Wide open waterfront views, a central location convenient to all that Tampa offers and a striking, tropical modern architectural design make this an ideal address for anyone craving the benefits of coastal living within an urban setting.
Located on Davis Islands, this two-story, 7,367-square-foot residence features an open floor plan enhanced by 12- and 24-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall windows, sliding glass doors and a stunning backyard setting complete with pool, spa and private dock.
Scenic, unobstructed views from first and second floor balconies in various rooms, including the master bedroom, provide the perfect vantage points to soak in the sun, view a sunset or admire nature.
Whether relaxing in front of the glass-enclosed, double-sided fireplace or immersing in a multimedia experience in the custom-designed media room and its 7.1 sound system, this is the place to unwind and call it a night in any of the property’s six bedrooms complete with private baths. Offered at $5,995,000
Jim Walters P.A. | email@example.com
813-624-2050 | Smith & Associates Real Estate
Featured Property 10:
Custom-built for a former New York Yankees major league baseball player, this Avila mansion offers unparalleled beauty plus plenty of privacy.
Exquisite elements and fine finishes are found throughout the two-story, 8,970-square foot interior. Twenty-four-foot-high ceilings, tall columns and ornate metal designs decorating entry gates, doors and handrails clearly rank this residence in a class all its own.
A striking, stone mantel fireplace is a focal point of the formal living area along with wall-to-wall windows, dramatic tray ceilings and a dazzling chandelier.
The floor plan flows into the dining room that boasts a dramatic domed ceiling and adjoining 600-bottle capacity wine room.
Also located within the lower level is a master suite with his and her walk-in closets, private workout room, fireplace, intimate sitting area plus elaborate bathroom.
The gourmet kitchen is fully outfitted with top-of-the-line Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, a home theater comfortably seats 10, the billiards room features a full bar, a library/study is outfitted with custom cabinetry and a guest suite thoughtfully features a
A defining feature of this six-bedroom estate is the exterior. A pool plus waterfall provide a perfect setting for swimming, sunning or soaking in the spa built within a grotto. A half-court basketball court, outdoor kitchen and the additional 5,000 square feet encompassing covered lanais, stone-floored balconies plus a five-car garage easily enhance the desirability of this home. Offered at $5,950,000
Michelle Fitz-Randolph | firstname.lastname@example.org
813-263-7334 | Coldwell Banker
Featured Property 11:
Wake to the sound of waves, take in beautiful coastal views from third-floor balconies and enjoy stunning sunsets from a beachfront backyard.
Warm Gulf of Mexico waters and sparkling white sand beaches make Belleair Shores one of the area’s most desirable addresses and this Mediterranean-style residence represents the ideal lifestyle for this private setting.
The top two floors feature balconies spanning the entire width of the house that are framed by leaded glass French doors and walls filled with windows. The partially covered patio overlooks a pool and spa that are just steps from the beach.
Grand staircases and waterfront views from living and dining rooms highlight the 6,664-square-foot home that makes its individual style statement with wood floors, custom cabinetry, fireplaces and chandeliers.
A den, music gallery, billiards room, five bedrooms, six full baths and enough parking to easily accommodate multiple cars and boats combine to create an exceptional beach retreat or year-round residence. Offered at $5,495,000
Julie S. Folden | email@example.com
727-460-7462 | Coastal Properties Group