A stately home at 3108 S.Schiller St. in South Tampa. (All photos via Zillow)

A Tale of Two Mansions

Mansion Monday: Two homes for sale in Tampa Bay’s most literary neighborhood, Sunset Park

Remember those tongue-in-cheek skits on public radio’s Prairie Home Companion about “The Lives of the English Majors” — those persnickety individuals whose collegiate concentration instills in them an annoying devotion to correct grammar, obscure novelists and the proper usage of the word “whom”? 

Well, South Tampa has a neighborhood made just for them: Sunset Park. Thanks to Charles Glover, who developed the neighborhood in the 1920s, and his wife, a poet and a pianist, many of the streets carry the names of famous writers: Poe, Tennyson, Keats, Emerson and more. And right now there are houses for sale on Lowell (as in Robert, the 20th-c. American poet) and at the corner of Longfellow (as in Henry Wadsworth, the 19th-c. American poet) and Schiller (as in Friedrich, 18th-c. German poet) .

Think of it, English majors! Your dinner party conversations could be automatically lifted into the lit’ry stratosphere just by talking about your address!

And here’s the good news: They’re both beautiful homes, and they couldn’t be more different from one another. 

3108 S. Schiller St., Tampa

The home on Schiller St.

Size: 5-br, 6-ba, 5,073 sqft 

Price: $3,100,000 from Compass Florida, LLC

Built: 2007

Vibe: A stately, sprawling Italianate manse, warm and welcoming. It seems like a home where you could get comfy with family but also impress the guests.

Features: A beautifully landscaped, private-feeling pool area. A large second-floor bonus room with a wet bar. A bay-windowed dining room. A 500+-bottle wine closet. A spacious kitchen and butler’s pantry (the dark woods and granite countertops are a bit dated, but still beautiful). A big corner lot, with a three-car garage on the side of the house, so that the front-facing facade isn’t all garage-door. 

The Schiller dining room, entry hall and living room.
The family room with built-in bookcases and doors to the pool area.
The spacious kitchen.
A master bedroom with plenty of room.
The lushly landscaped pool area.

For further info, contact Jeff Shelton or Christine Mastrilli at hughesshelton.com

4614 W. Lowell Ave., Tampa

The striking facade of 4614 W. Lowell.

Size: 5br, 6ba, 5,196 sqft

Price: $3,395,000 from Agentry Real Estate LLC

Built: 2020

Vibe: Gleaming white contemporary with clean lines and a serene sense of style

Features: A stunning two-story foyer. Smart design choices, with woods and metallics contrasting nicely with white finishes. Fine architectural details, like the coffered ceiling in the great room. Walk-in closets for everybody! Pristine indoor kitchen with gas range and ample counter space. An outdoor kitchen overlooking the pool, with a waterfall and lounge area.

Another view of the Lowell Avenue home.
The entryway and two-story foyer.
The dining room, with its distinctive wall treatment.
The kitchen and great room beyond; note the coffered ceiling.
A master bedroom to dream in.
The pool area.

For further info, contact Lance Lansrud, Jr. at agentryrealestate.com.