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


Only a handful are left, but a rare "bird cage house" is now up for grabs St. Petersburg's Bay Vista Park neighborhood.

Located at 725 69th Ave. S , the home was built in 1954 by the late Tampa Bay architect Glenn Q. Johnson, who was 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.

Johnson's Vision-aire homes were inspired by dwellings he had seen during a tour in the Philippines in WWII, and were built to be as efficient as possible in Florida's balmy weather. The homes were almost always positioned to face southeast (to better catch the breeze), and featured large, multi-storied 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 few are left.

This particular "bird cage" comes with 2,582-square-feet of living space, as well as four-bedrooms and three-bathrooms. In true Vision-aire-style, the home also features a giant screened-in patio, a koi pond, a pool and even a few retro appliances.

Coincidently, this is the second Glen Q. Johnson home to pop up on the market as of late. Last week, another one of his midcentury homes hit the market in St. Pete for $635,000.

The current asking price is $650,000, and the listing agent is Victor Neavins with Native Properties Of Florida.

Photos via Realtor