Tour Three Stunning Florida Homes with Rich Histories
These historic estates bursting with old-school splendor prove that the best homes have rich stories to tell.
The curb appeal of this historic 1929 Riverside estate earned it a place in Beautiful Homes of Jacksonville. Flanked with greenery, the façade of this four-bedroom, five-bathroom brick three-story is accented by lush, symmetrical landscaping. Stepping stones lead to the front porch where spiral columns support a stately ogee arch. Inside the 4,629-square-foot abode, guests are greeted by an opulent iron gate in the entryway, which swings open to reveal a cozy eating nook. Ascend the staircase in the foyer to find the second-story patio overlooking the pool deck. The lines and layout of the saltwater pool and jacuzzi evoke the spirit of Venice. The balcony and entrance are reminiscent of a small Italian Gothic palace. Having been owned by very few residents, the home maintains its original appeal while also boasting impressive additions including a media room, dining space and three-car garage.
3404 Saint Johns Ave., Jacksonville
Originally built in 1910 and lovingly named “Lamb Manor,” this impressive home on the National Register of Historic Places was ferried across Tampa Bay by barge to its delightfully secluded location with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Arriving at the doorstep of the mansion requires guests to explore some of its sprawling 5 acres. Journey down a palm tree–lined path past a tranquil lagoon complete with a waterfall for an introduction to this estate’s splendor. Inside the 6,583-square-foot beauty, intricate crown molding, hand-carved cabinetry and oak paneling create a welcoming-yet-regal atmosphere. Given the lavish details accenting the seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms, it’s no surprise this manor was named the Wall Street Journal House of the Year in 2015. After a multimillion-dollar restoration, this home offers all of today’s luxuries without forfeiting its historic charm.
2410 W. Shell Point Road, Ruskin
This understated-yet-elegant piece of history is situated in one of Coral Gables’ rare “themed villages,” built by famed real estate developer George Merrick in 1925. Nestled within a Dutch South African enclave of homes designed by Palm Beach architect Marion Sims Wyeth, the 3,385-square-foot residence exudes a timeless charm. The exterior whitewashed walls and wooden shutters are hallmarks of the Cape Dutch style that Merrick used as inspiration when constructing one of only five themed homes he built during the 1920s. Inside, a mixture of hardwood and tile flooring meets simple white walls for a clean and finished appearance. The property is a two-for-one, with a main residence and a guest house comprising five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths together. A stunning pool surrounded by indigenous South Florida palms and plants is complemented by a fully covered veranda, perfect for outdoor entertaining.