A rare midcentury ‘bird cage house’ is now for sale in St. Petersburg


Built to be as efficient as possible in Florida's balmy weather, a rare "bird cage house" is now up for grabs in St. Petersburg.

Located at 4610 Cypress Way S., the home was built in 1954 by notable architect Glen Q. Johnson, who was the mastermind behind many of the area's Vision-aire homes, as well as the St. Pete Beach Library, the North Shore Aquatic Center, and the Pinellas County Judicial Building, among other well-known structures.

Inspired by dwellings he had seen during a tour in the Philippines in WWII, Johnson's Vision-aire homes were almost always positioned to face southeast (to better catch the breeze), and featured large screened in patios and overhangs, concrete floors, and interior walls built as jalousies for better airflow. Over time, the homes became known locally as "bird cage homes," for their airy design, and today only a handful are still around.

This particular "bird cage" comes with 1,709-square-feet of living space, as well as three-bedroom and two-bathrooms. In true Vision-aire-style, the home also features a giant screened-in patio, terrazzo floors, a pool and even a few retro appliances. 

The current asking price is $659,000, and the listing agent is Matt Guthrie of Matthew Guthrie And Associates Realty.

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