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Property Details: Kathryn M Anderson Residence (circa 1926)     

Property Details: Kathryn M Anderson Residence (circa 1926)
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Kathryn M Anderson Residence (circa 1926)
103 Arlington Avenue East
Oldsmar, FL
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Price: $599,900
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Feet: 3,588
Lot Description/Acreage:
Corner Lot / 152x189 / 28,728 sq.ft. / 0.66 acres
Year Built:
Architectural Style:
Arts & Crafts
Contact Information
Name: Nancy Leslie
Agency: ReMax Realtec Group
Phone: 727-785-3355 or 727-420-2963
Fax: 727-785-7000
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Property History

The Jewel of Oldsmar is deeply imbedded in the history of upper Tampa Bay. Ransom Eli Olds, of Oldsmobile Motor Vehicle fame, purchased 37,541 acres at the top of Tampa Bay in 1916 to develop the city of Oldsmar. Mr. Olds theorized that Oldsmar would grow into a prosperous city because it was the only land route on the Gulf of Mexico linking together the counties of Hillsborough and Pinellas.

Much has been written about Oldsmar in the nineteen twenties. Mr. Olds did what he could to create a boom town, including a fake oil well along with a prohibition era casino. After a devastating hurricane in 1921, he decided to cut his losses and divested himself of his "city on the bay" in 1923.

The Kathryn M. Andersen Residence was built in 1924 by St. Louis, Missouri promoter Harry A. Prettyman. Prettyman bought up many of the lots that were left by Olds and staged promotional gimmicks such as “gold rushes” where people could dig for pieces of gold buried on a vacant lot. In 1927 Prettyman got caught selling under water lots. To minimize the scandal, the town was renamed Tampa Shores but eventually was changed back to Oldsmar in 1937. Because bridges were built across Tampa Bay, Oldsmar remained a sleepy little Florida town until the1990's. Situated at the northeastern corner of Pinellas county (the most populated county in the state) bordering Tampa, the city has some of the most natural undeveloped coastal land in the County.

The Kathryn M. Anderson Residence is a mere block away from Old Tampa Bay with a short walk to R. E. Olds Park, Veterans Park and Bicentennial Park along the pristine waters of Old Tampa Bay. Situated on Park Boulevard, the main artery from Tampa Bay to City Hall and the old library on State Street, you can watch the annual Oldsmar Days parade from the second-floor balcony formed by the porte-cochere.

The current caretakers of the Andersen Residence moved to Oldsmar in 1995 and occupied a home on Shore Drive. They were quickly introduced to local politics. Within a short period of time they were on a first name basis with four mayors and numerous councilmen. The city manager was readily available to listen to the concerns of Oldsmar's citizens. You could attend a city council meeting and make a difference!

Falling in love with the Anderson Residence was easy, but it was a surprise to be made aware of the profound pride that the towns people had for the house. The Residence had fallen into a state of disrepair. The previous owner had lived there for thirty-five years and raised nine children in the house. The Residence was a grand lady in serious need of saving. In 2008 as the restoration progressed it seemed that everyone in the neighborhood was interested and excited to see the “Jewel of Oldsmar” sparkle again. Prettyman's architectural treasure wasn't just a home. It was a gift that the current owners had the privilege of caring for. The Residence was unique and special and it deserved respect. It was important to stay true to its original design. Many of the structures built in 1924 remain.

For all the Andersen Residence's grandeur it is first and foremost a home for a family. A place befitting of postcard Christmases and friends gathered safe and secure within her substantial walls. The Andersen Residence exudes ambiance especially in the evening when the light streaming through her western facing windows is a golden orange that warms the soul and soothes away the worries of the day. When you take a dip in the pool in the languid days of a Florida summer you are surrounded by a garden and trees that belie the hustle and bustle of Tampa Road and all the conveniences of a modern-day city less than a half a mile away. It is easy forget that two minutes away is a Super Walmart, a dozen diverse restaurants. Tampa International Airport is just fifteen minutes away.

Lovely upper Tampa Bay has boating, fishing, and kayaking. There is bicycling on the county-wide Pinellas Trail and in beautiful, natural Florida parks. For the family there’s Arts in the Park, October Fest, Oldsmar Days and Nights, Winter Fest with manufactured snow, musical concerts, community organic gardening and fireworks, all within walking distance of the Anderson Residence. In addition, there is a local theatre group, dance and painting classes, historical walks (where the Anderson Residence has been featured and written about in the Tampa Bay Times), a horse racing track, a large, under cover flea market, outdoor tennis courts, fitness trails and horseback riding all happening in a progressive town that is very proud of its heritage with a city council that is connected and responsive to its citizens.

The setting is grand and the neighborhood is picturesque. The Jewel of Oldsmar sits waiting for endless possibilities. The area has much to offer and the home’s design would allow it to house an enchanting Bed and Breakfast. The potential is limitless.

Will yours be the next family to add its touch to The Jewel of Oldsmar?

Property Description

This expansive property consists of three heavily treed and tropically vegetative lots on the corner of Park Boulevard and Arlington Avenue. The main house, pool, detached garage with a mother-in-law apartment above, sits in the heart of the historical district of Oldsmar.

This Spanish revival gem ascends gracefully above its manicured privacy hedge---an anchor for the neighborhood’s eclectic history. The paved driveway offers access to both a two-car garage with a mother-in-law suite above and a formal entry at the front door. Upon entrance to the property, a trained eye will perceive the careful balance between the refined expression of the Spanish Revival style and the wild beauty of a classic Florida landscape. The Kathryn M. Anderson residence articulates all the elements of the historical style with elegant fluency: curves, arches and arcading to break up the façade into positive and negative space, hand-textured stucco, terracotta roof tiles, ornamental ironwork, courtyards and patios, and impressive woodwork.

The lush grounds of the manor, a combination of old and new cultivation, illustrate years of love and attention to biodiversity from the current owner’s green thumb. The backyard is cloistered by trees and hedges which provide privacy and a sense of escape to the large pool. The adjoining courtyard, delineated by slate slabs on the floor and a wooden pergola, creates an enclosure perfect for outdoor living and entertainment. 

The formal entry provides one with a serendipitous first encounter with the stunning home. The entry is covered by a porte-cochere (with second story access from the master bedroom) protecting your passage from inclement weather. The original medieval style Dutch door and sidelight windows are made from knotty pine planks and are accented by ornamental ironwork.

The interior of the manor is sprawling, stately and even sumptuous, yet these elements are held together through consistency in hardwood flooring, elaborate stained wood trim, French doors, and windows with their original hardware throughout.

Upon entry into the Great Room, one is struck by the airiness provided by ten foot ceilings and the unique window features including windows on either side of the fireplace and front door. Each fenestration and casework in the space is trimmed with stained wood, providing contrast to the pastel painted walls. The fireplace has all history promises and more. It has a slanted and tapered stucco chimney with a huge mantle flanked by a pair of dimmable sconces. The firebox is accented with hand painted tile and brick, as well as the fish scale stucco work characteristic of the period. Built-in seating on either side offers storage.

Enter the vestibule to the right of the Great Room to access a full bathroom with original tile flooring and pedestal sink. Across from the bathroom is a large bedroom or office with a private porch and a view of the pool and backyard.

Back in the Great Room across from the fireplace, one sees a solid wood staircase with a handmade Arts and Crafts style balustrade leading upstairs and a beautiful French door leading to the dining area. This door, one of many throughout the house, has an eyebrow arch at the top, fifteen glass panes, and a crystal knob. 

The dining room beyond is a masterpiece. Roman arched windows offer views and access to the lush pool area on one side and a view of a miniature courtyard on the other. The walls have original fish-scale plasterwork, custom painted by a local artisan. Centered in the porcelain tile floor is an inlay of a compass. If these details were not enough, look up! The vaulted ceiling has exposed rough-hewn beams and is cladded with rustic wood planks stained to match. Hanging from the center, a farmhouse-style chandelier to illuminate this stunning space. Spectacular!

Through another set of French doors beyond the dining room are the more casual spaces: a huge kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room. The kitchen is full of built-in features, unique additions, and stainless steel appliances. Off the kitchen there is a utility room with washer and dryer, sink, toilet and storage space. In the adjacent breakfast nook, a built-in buffet made of knotty pine features base cabinets and upper cabinets with glazing and open shelving for display. Through another set of French doors is the beautiful sunlit family room with large multi-paned windows on three sides and a niche for a sofa or entertainment center. 

Revisit the Arts and Crafts style staircase in the Great Room as it leads you up to the main sleeping quarters for the home—two large bedrooms and the master suite. There are ten foot ceilings, solid wood floors, tall baseboards, and crown moldings in each bedroom consistent with the rest of the home. Each bedroom features decorative light fixtures and beautiful views to the lush gardens below.

The master bedroom is beyond compare! The fireplace in the Great Room extends upward into the master bedroom. Accented by side lit windows the fireplace is a focal point that magnificently warms a bedroom spacious enough to accommodate large scale furnishings. A door in the master bedroom leads to the private balcony atop the porte-cochere. Nestled in the treetops this intimate outdoor space is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or evening cocktails. The master bathroom has been recently renovated to coordinate with cottage style fixtures and a soft neutral color palette.

There are two walk-in closets in the master bedroom. One of which has multiple built-in shelving units made from wood, and two windows to view the grounds below. This private space-within-a-space can function as a spacious boudoir or nursery.

The allure of times gone by and voluminous use of space would make the Jewel of Oldsmar and ideal setting for an enchanting Bed and Breakfast. There are endless possibilities and so much more history to be made. From the coziest corner of the master bedroom to the soaring vaulted ceilings of the dining room each twist of a crystal doorknob invites you to take your turn in shaping Oldsmar’s history.

Additional Notes
The Oldsmar Historical Society:

All About Oldsmar, Florida:

Current Day Oldsmar:

Oldsmar History

Books about Oldsmar:

Ransom Eli Olds and the American Dream by Ann Lieberman

Modern Oldsmar: Rediscovered at Last by Paul Geist

Last Updated: October 12, 2017
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified.


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