The Seagrape Estate sits on the Gulf of Mexico in Indian Shores.
INDIAN SHORES, FL — The Seagrape Estate, used in the film, “In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders” (1988) starring Michael Gross, is being offered for sale for $3 million.
- 19808 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores
- Price: $3,000,000
- Square Feet: 1566
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 3 Baths
- Built: 1936
The estate stretches from Gulf Boulevard to the Gulf of Mexico and features two parcels with two single-family homes at 19806 and 19808 Gulf Blvd.
The gulf-front home at 19808 Gulf Blvd. was originally built in 1936 and is one of the 10 oldest homes in the Indian Rocks community. The other home at 19806 Gulf Blvd. was built in 1956 by Indian Shores Town Councilwoman Letha Groat.
The home was purchased by William F. and Hazel Ebsary on May 26, 1972, as a summer home. Ebsary’s roots were established in Tampa after moving from his native Canada in 1944 and becoming a U.S. citizen. He worked as an ambulance driver in World War II, a chemist for the City of Tampa, participated in the leadership of the Tampa Little Theater, the Hillsborough County Crime Commission, the Young Democrats, the Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees and the Unitarian Universalist Church where he met his wife, Hazel.
After a whirlwind 30-day romance, he agreed to forgo sugar in his coffee if his young bride agreed to change her party affiliation to Democrat, and they married on July 6, 1957.
The origin of the Indian Rocks Beach name is unknown, but pioneer settler Harvey K. Hendrick, who arrived in Indian Rocks Beach around 1890, would remark years later, “I liked the place; I thought it was the most beautiful place on God’s green footstool.”
The barrier island became “Tampa’s playground” when the Tampa & Gulf Coast Railroad built a spur from the big city to the beach in 1914. Tampa residents flocked to the newly discovered paradise, seeking relief from the summer heat and the pressures of boom-era city life. The shoreline retreats they built, ranging from cottages to grand beach homes, offered a slice of heaven to the vacationers.
The Seagrape Estate features pristine white-sand beaches and views of the Gulf of Mexico as far west as the eye can see. The private, gated Gulf-front compound includes the two-bedroom, three-bath home at 19808 built in 1936 and renovated in 1994 by renowned architect Lee Scarfone.
One bathroom includes a Jacuzzi tub walk-in closet. The tiled open floor plan allows the kitchen, dining, living area and master bedroom to share the Gulf views. The second-bedroom suite (mother-in-law apartment) has been used as a stand-alone apartment or guest suite. There is a bonus room that was an enclosed garage. It includes the washer and dryer. There are covered decks on the north side and decks on the west are shaded by Australian pine trees.
The two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home at 19806 was built in 1956 and updated before 2010. There is a large fenced yard, two outdoor showers, lots of parking and 67.5 (more or less) linear feet of Gulf frontage.
The beach was renourished last summer.