This historic Florida manor is so beautiful, it was saved from demo by being barged across a bay


One of Florida's historic homes, named Wall Street Journal's "House of the Year for 2015," Lamb Manor is used to getting lots of attention. Originally built in Palmetto, in Manatee County in 1910, its new home is in Ruskin, in Hillsborough County. To save it from demolition, a couple bought the home for $1 in 2006 and paid about a quarter-million dollars to move it by barge and place it on a secluded, five-acre plot of land overlooking the bay.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and originally built in 1910, after the house was ferried across Tampa Bay it underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration. After entering the estate through an arched entryway, you'll travel down palm-lined driveway, before beholding what's inside. Aside from five fireplaces, elevator, warm chestnut and oak paneling, and hand-carved cabinetry, you'll spot crystal lighting and stained-glass windows throughout. There's a two-story guest house, bringing the property totals to seven bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, and a four-car detached garage.

A protected deepwater dock with direct bay access will make you feel much farther away than the 30-minute drive to downtown Tampa. Listed for sale in January 2020 at $1,595,000 by Jennifer Zales, the home also enjoys a historic tax exemption in excess of $450,000. That is truly a rare find.

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