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Iconic Bayshore Mid Century Mod

By Mary Lou Janson |  Photography by Raif Fluker


Distinctive, distinguished and designed to take full advantage of the panoramic views afforded by its floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, this Bayshore Boulevard residence instantly achieved iconic status when it was built in 2006.

Award-winning architect Richard Zingale created this stunning model of midcentury modern design, that is defined by its extensive use of glass and an open design that connects it with the surrounding natural elements.

Once featured in Veranda Magazine, a publication showcasing “the finest” in home design and décor worldwide, this modest-in-size-only, striking, two-story home occupies a prominent parcel in Tampa’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood. From its corner lot, the vantage point accesses unobstructed views of Hillsborough Bay that encompass downtown Tampa’s skyline on one end, to the shores of Ballast Point Park at the opposite end.

With its white brick facade, flat rooftops covering 4,207 square feet of luxury living space and an elevated foundation set atop a sloped site that measures just under a half-acre, the setting seems quite serene despite its proximity to a busy street and bustling sidewalk. Guests are guided from ground level to the main entrance via artfully designed cantilevered stairs that seemingly cascade along the lawn.

Its lofty position provides some privacy for the three-  bedroom, three-bathroom home that features an open floor plan, skylights and high ceilings. State-of-the-art technology installed in this smart house seamlessly allows the interior to be instantly shaded from the sun, windows close to keep out the rain, lighting to brighten or dim in keeping with the sun’s movement and climate controls, security and sound systems to be easily activated by the touch of a button.

One minute, the interior is an enclosed haven or retreat from the hustle and bustle outside its walls; the next minute it is open and exposed to the beauty just beyond its doors.

“I get up every day to a spectacular view,” said owner Joan Herman. “You can see a full rainbow over the bay right in front of the house. You can see cruise ships going out. There is always something new to see.”

Herman recalls this was the first – and only – home she and her husband looked at when they made the decision to move to Tampa from Naples, Fla. They loved the location and its proximity to Tampa International Airport, sports and concert venues, upscale shopping and fine dining, but were debating whether to buy or build.

“I knew this was the house that I wanted to live in. I was not interested in seeing anything else. I liked the contemporary feel of it. The architecture was exactly what we were looking for,” said Herman, an artist whose paintings are displayed throughout her home, along with sculptures and other artworks collected from worldwide travels. “The house has a character all its own. I just happen to live in it and own it.”

Among the many appealing amenities are the antiqued French hardwood floors, soothing, neutral colors used throughout the interior, custom-built shelves and entertainment centers, a heated, saltwater pool, triple-paned hurricane-proof windows and a two-car, climate-controlled garage with a guest room and kitchenette on the second floor.

While the home made an instant impression on her, what Herman learned about its construction is what really sold her.

“We met with the builder and he gave us an hour-long presentation about how it was built, the quality of the   materials used and the entire engineering and building process. There were infinite details that went into the  building of this home,” Herman said.

“We achieved all of the things that we set out to find in a home. We found the most unique house with the finest quality. The structure and interior speak volumes. There is a meditative serenity that you feel when you come into the house. I have been blessed to own and enjoy it, and now I hope that the right person comes along who can enjoy and love it as much as I did.”      M


The house is listed for sale at $3.6 million with Stephen Gay of Smith & Associates. For additional information, contact Gay at (813) 380-4343.






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