South Tampa’s historic ‘Washington House’ is now for sale on Davis Islands


One of the original Davis Islands homes is now back on the market in South Tampa.

Located at 190 Bosphorous Ave., the house was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989, as one of the many fine examples of Mediterranean Revival style homes found on the northern, more historic side of Davis Islands.

According to Tampa Bay History Center Director Rodney Kite-Powell,  the home was originally built in 1927 by retired railroad executive Robert Washington and his wife Blanche. Robert died shortly after the house was completed, and left the estate to Blanche.

"Blanche Washington sold the house to the Ashcrafts in 1935 for $15,000 (approximately $280,000 in today's dollars). Mr. Ashcraft was a sugar executive in Santo Domingo, and he planned to retire to Tampa and live in the house," " said Kite-Powell in an email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

At the time, an article from the Tampa Tribune said the sale was "the largest reported here in the last year, and involves one of Tampa's most attractive residences."

"The house was rented for a time, during World War II, to Brigadier General James E. Parker and his wife." added Kite-Powell. "General Parker was the commander of the Third Bomber Command at MacDill."

Over the years, the house has had a quite a few owners, and now it's back on the market for $2,700,000.

The restored 5,691-square-foot estate comes with a total of five bedrooms and six bathrooms and sits on two large corner lots. Besides owning a piece of Tampa history, the home also features marble flooring, two guest houses, a three-car garage, a pool, and more.

The listing agent is Henderson Everett of The Toni Everett Company.
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