It may be news to some reading this but Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the US. This has largely occured due to the area being famous for Sponge Fishing.
In the 1880s, John K. Cheyney founded the first local sponge business. The industry continued to grow in the 1890s. Many people from Key West and the Bahamas settled in Tarpon Springs to hook sponges and then process them. A few Greek immigrants also arrived in this city during the 1890s to work in the sponge industry.
In 1905, John Cocoris introduced the technique of sponge diving to Tarpon Springs by recruiting divers and crew members from Greece. The first divers came from the Saronic Gulf islands of Aegina and Hydra, but they were soon outnumbered by those from the Dodecanese islands of Kalymnos, Symi and Halki. The sponge industry soon became one of the leading maritime industries in Florida and the most important business in Tarpon Springs, generating millions of dollars a year.
Nowadays Tarpon Springs is a tourist "must see' for tourists visiting the Tampa Bay area. Dodecanese Avenue in the Greektown Historic District of Tarpon Springs is both part of the traditional Greek community and the City's primary tourist destination. The street winds its way from Pinellas Avenue west along the Anclote River. Along the way it passes the marina, the sponge boats docked along the Sponge Docks on the north side of the street and the Sponge Exchange on the south side of the street, west to the working fishing boats docked outside Pelican Point Seafood. Numerous restaurants serve traditional Greek cuisine and fresh seafood. There are also small shops that sell everything from natural sponges to imported goods. Along the working waterfront street, locals greet each other in Greek and stop to chat without regard to the traffic.
So if all this history makes you think of buying a home here then why not consider this gorgeous home listed at $2,987,800 with the appropriately named Tiffany Spyridakos.
This luxurious, one of a kind custom designed Anclote Oasis Estate boasts 7,925 SF of open living space and features 237 ft of waterfront. Perched 40 ft above sea level, the 2.73 privately gated and manicured acres that this stunning home rests on requires no flood insurance. This refreshing escape has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and is more than your average waterfront property. The home features three professionally designed levels with scraped birch wood flooring, custom shell accent walls, custom wood cabinetry, top of the line GE Monogram appliances, quartz counters, new electric, new ducts, new roof and 4 new zoned a/c units. The main level is complemented by stunning water views, soaring ceilings, and a grand entrance that is a masterpiece! The posh gourmet kitchen is equipped with 2 islands, 3 pantries, a gas range stove, and storage galore. The kitchen is simply a chef's paradise and has everything needed to make meal preparation a treat. Savor every morsel prepared from the kitchen in the elegant dining room with tray ceilings. With picturesque views inside and out, the lavish main floor master suite is a tranquil getaway. Below that lies an entire level of luxury and relaxation. The first level is comprised of a separate kitchen, master bedroom, game/media room, laundry room, family room and 2 full baths. It makes for a superior entertainment area, in-law suite or guest quarters… The possibilities are endless! On the 3rd floor, there are 3 spacious bedrooms, a Jack-n-Jill bath, and a 2nd game/media room with a bar and an attached full bath perfect for house guests or kids to have their own private retreat. The spectacular property has the finishing touches every Florida dreamer desires. Complete with a dock, caged 2 story lanai, stacked stone accented outdoor shower, outdoor bar and lush landscaping, which creates an aesthetic backdrop to every party or backyard gathering. Enjoy morning coffee from the second-floor deck overlooking the pool and water views or in the cozy great room by the fireplace on a crisp morning. Just a quick ride to open Gulf waters, Fred Howard Park, and the Sponge Docks. This home is the complete package combining a casual and elegant atmosphere for any lifestyle. This magnificent luxury oasis will impress the most discerning buyer around every corner.