On a tiny private island, Tampa Bay’s iconic ‘Moontide Isle’ is now for sale


Situated on its own tiny island in the Pithlachascotee River, Tampa Bay's famous "Moontide Isle" is now back on the market in New Port Richey.

Located at 5329 Richey Dr,  "the island house," as some locals call it, was built in 1946 and was given the name "Moontide Isle" by its original owner, a well-travelled cartographer who made it a point to incorporate artsy details into the home's design, says the listing.

In a 2005 article from the St. Petersburg Times, Moontide was called "one of the most romantic houses ever built," and the current owners, Jill and Rocky Marcus, told the publication that the house was in pretty bad shape when they bought it in 2002.  "It's the only house I've ever known of that came with its own sandbags," said Jill to the publication. Since then, the homes was witnessed a new coat of paint, significant remodels and the seawall has been raised 18-inches.

The home comes with just two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms, as well as three fireplaces, built-in sculptures, its own moat traversed by a wooden foot bridge, and a full circle waterfront view. The estate is actually being sold as a three parcel sale, which includes an adjacent two-bedroom, one-bathroom guest cottage with a pool and a covered boat lift, as well as another lot with a two-car garage.

The total asking price for the entire Moontide package is $1,100,000, and the listing agent is Kurt Derkevics of Future Home Realty Inc.

Photos via Zillow