The list price on a historic home that took a ride on a barge across Tampa Bay is getting lower.
The asking price is now $1,595,000, a significant reduction from the $2.4 million price tag when it was originally listed in November 2016.
“It’s very hard to measure the value of a property like this because there are no comparable sales,” says listing agent Jennifer Zales. “It’s not like a house in a community where there are 10 other homes with the same floor plan, and you’re just trying to determine the differences and upgrades. So, when you price a home in the beginning, you just don’t always know what you know the right price is.”
The home was built in 1910 in the Queen Anne style, complete with turrets and verandas. To save it from demolition, a couple bought the home for $1 in 2006 and paid about a quarter-million dollars to move it by barge.
The home now sits off a secluded road leading to the banks of the Little Manatee River. There’s a deep-water dock with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.
“It is very much old Florida, and it’s very peaceful and serene,” Zales says. “It doesn’t feel like a lot of the overdevelopment that we’ve done in Florida, it’s really peaceful and unspoiled Florida, which is very hard to find.”
The current owners aren’t responsible for the home’s move across Tampa Bay in September 2006. But they have spent plenty of cash on renovations.
They “did a much lighter, brighter transitional look, while the furnishings are still period furnishings,” Zales explains. “In some cases, [the owners] trended the furnishings forward to show how modern and classic can be blended. When you have a historic home, you can still add the modern elements.”
The furnishings are also available for purchase with the home.
In addition to the updates to the kitchen and bathrooms, renovations included adding 19th-century bronze and crystal lighting and beveled, stained-glass windows throughout the home.
The 4,815-square-foot home has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are five fireplaces (ideal for cozy Florida winter nights), an elevator, and plenty of wood paneling.
“It’s very romantic; it’s very calming. I’m running from place to place, in the city, out of the city, [but] when I go down there, [the stress] just all goes away,” Zales says. “I enjoy showing the property because it is a time for me also to just let all that tension and stress out. So it is a pleasure.”
There is also a 1,768-square-foot, two-story guesthouse with three en suite bedrooms, as well as a kitchenette and living area.
For recreation, the home has a lagoon pool, game rooms, home room, and a four-car garage.
The home has received plenty of attention over the years. In addition to local and national media coverage of its barge trip across the Tampa Bay, the Wall Street Journal crowned it the House of the Year for 2015.
Lamb manor is centrally located near most of the Tampa Bay area’s major population centers.
“You feel miles away, but you can literally be in South Tampa in 40 minutes, so you still have great proximity to the airport and downtown Tampa,” Zales explains. “Also because of Ruskin’s location, you can easily access the Sarasota/Bradenton area, or go right over the Skyway Bridge, and you can be in [St. Petersburg]. So, you’re just located right in the middle, so you can really access any of those three areas in a short period of time.”
Zales says ideal buyers could be either someone looking for a peaceful retreat within commuting distance to work or a family looking for a vacation home with rental income possibilities.
“This house really has a lot of space for families and extended families to be able to vacation together.”