THOMAS ROWE, THE BUILDER OF THE INFAMOUS DON CESAR HOTEL, HOME IS FOR SALE IN ST. PETE BEACH.
The Don Cesar is arguably the most iconic piece of architecture along Florida's Gulf Coast. It leaves visitors from all over the world with an unforgettable picturesque image of a "Pink Palace" standing elegantly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach. The 277-room grand hotel was developed and built by Thomas Rowe in 1928 and is now a preserved historical landmark.
Before, and during the construction of the Don Cesar Hotel, Rowe called St. Petersburg his home and resided down the road in Spanish style bungalow facing the intercoastal waters of the key and designed so that he could view his masterpiece from his front porch. This historic home hits the market today.
Rowe's home is located at 3215 W. Maritana Drive and is listed by Tia Hockensmith and Anna Womack, Smith & Associates Real Estate. Hockensmith said this home's listing is extremely special to her since she was recently appointed to the Historic Preservation Board for the City of St. Pete Beach.
The home and the detached carriage house were built in 1927. The main house is a spacious 2,011 square foot, two-bedroom, two-bath, with original hardwood flooring, doors, and hardware, and the carriage house has an upstairs 240 square foot guest suite. The property also features a gorgeous brick courtyard with the original iron gates and includes a dock with two large slips across Maritana Drive on Little McPherson Bayou.
"The buyer of this home will not only have the pleasure of living in a gorgeous home with stunning waterfront views, but they will also have the honor of owning a St. Pete Beach landmark," said Bob Glaser, President, and CEO, Smith & Associates Real Estate.
The home is listed at $1,250,000.