In 1930, on Pass-A-Grille Beach, this beautiful English manor was built on a small strip of land surrounded by Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The picture perfect home has been sort of a family heirloom throughout the years. It was originally designed and constructed by the Scott family who went on to sell it to the Maginniss family as a vacation home in 1960. Over 50 years later, the small children that once roamed the halls of the home are now grown and have recently parted with their childhood beach house.
Belleair Realtor, Wendy Fields, brought the buyers to tour this beautiful home and they immediately fell in love. We chatted with Wendy as the home closed to get a few details on what makes this house so unique & here’s what she had to say:
Q: How did the home get the nickname “Sand Castle”?
A: The home’s was named “Sand Castle” because of the Turret in the front of the house that contained a quaint dining area.
Q: This beautiful Pass-A-Grille Beach home was built in 1930. Have they preserved the original details of the home or has it been modified?
A: I was able to spend some time alone in the home after the final walk though and was taken back by the beauty and bones of this Pass-A-Grille Beach home. The home had been owned by the same family for generations. It was kept in pristine 1930’s condition with a new roof and new wiring but the light fixtures were as functional and pretty as the day they were installed.
The pecky cypress vaulted ceilings were both practical (kept the termites away) and impressive as you entered the home. The golden oak floors & tile work in the bathroom and sun room looked as if they were installed last week with a retro flare (and yet they lasted the test of time).
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the home’s location and water views?
A: The home was situated on the lot to capture both sunrise over Boca Ceiga Bay and sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Which means the house is located on a very thin strip of land on Pass a Grille and has withstood many hurricanes over the years with no water damage what-so-ever to the property. The home inspector commented the home was built better than some of today’s standards and they even received insurance credits because of it!
Q: This home was somewhat of an heirloom being in the family for nearly 50 years! How did the real estate transaction go with such an emotional attachment?
A: As I was working with the buyers to look at it one more time, one of the owners from California was there explaining some of the mysteries of the property, such as two large water cisterns that were used during the dry months. As they were talking, it turns out the two ladies went to the same small women’s college in NY and started to sing the college alma mater song! From there on out, they were instant friends, and the negotiations went smoothly!
Q: Do the buyers have any exciting plans for the home?
A: This is such a cool and historic home that the Pass A Grille neighborhood will be happy to know that the new owners are going to keep as a home – Unlike many of the developers that wanted to destroy it and put up 3 mac-mansions on the lots (those offers were turned down).
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