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The home of the famed visionary behind Davis Islands just hit the market for $4.5 million

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Step inside a piece of Tampa history with the sale of the original residence crafted for D.P. Davis, the visionary behind Davis Islands. This Spanish-style home, rooted in Tampa’s transformative era, takes you back to the city’s brink of expansion.

In 1924, Davis pioneered the creation of three man-made islands, envisioning a resort-like haven with a golf course and Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Facing initial setbacks, Davis rebounded, setting a world record by selling all lots within three hours. Today, Davis Islands, with its celebrity residents, upscale homes, yacht club, airport, and downtown proximity, stands as a testament to Davis’s forward-thinking legacy.

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“It is rare to find a home in one of Tampa’s most historic neighborhoods that embodies so much history with a legacy that stands as a symbol of the original developer’s vision and ambition for Davis Islands. D.P. Davis played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of our beloved Tampa neighborhood, and this home was the residence designed and built for him on the island,” says B.G. Holmberg, Realtor, Smith & Associates Real Estate.  

This 1925 Mediterranean Revival gem at 116 W Davis Boulevard is listed at $4.5M. Nestled in historic charm, the 5-bed, 3-bath home earned its spot on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Embracing the allure of Mediterranean Revival architecture, it boasts stucco exteriors, red tile roofs, arched doorways, and wrought iron details. Beyond its 4,059 sq.ft, the half-acre estate, potentially dividable, beckons renovation or redevelopment ventures. An added bonus is a separate apartment above the garage.

View the full listing on Smith & Associates Real Estate’s website.

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