Here’s a chance to own a bonafide piece of history — a 1928 Italian villa-style home used as a winter estate by Babe Ruth.
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — Here’s a chance to own a bonafide piece of history — the one-time winter estate of the Great Bambino.
This 7,381-square-foot replica of an Italian villa may be the most unique waterfront home in La Vista on Tampa Bay. It once served as a winter refuge for Babe Ruth, according to Realtor Dania Perry of Century 21.
Built in 1928, this brick mansion underwent a $2 million restoration in 2001-06 and again in 2012 that preserved the estate’s Old World details while updating it for modern living.
- Address: 211 Sunset Dr N, Saint Petersburg, Florida
- Price: $2,199,000
- Square Feet: 7381
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 5 Full and 2 Half Baths
- Built: 1928
This renovation preserved historic features like corbels at the roof line, arched doorways, coffered ceilings, French clay tile flooring, three balconies, balusters and iron staircase railings, columns and exposed limestone interior walls while adding 21st-century amenities designed to blend with the old.
The gourmet kitchen reminiscent of Tuscany contains top-of-the-line appliances, a massive center island, copper sinks, distressed woodwork and rustic butcher block surfaces.
Other additions include a media room, wet bar, wine cellar, movie theater, PebbleTec pool and spa, an imported English greenhouse, a bath house and a covered dock with a boat lift and dual jet ski lifts.
Reminiscent of the Gatsby era in which it was built, the estate features a rotunda game room, two enclose sun rooms, five sitting areas, a formal dining room, den and guest house.