Downtown Tavares Mixed Use
near Tavares High and
Elementary Schools, Public
Library, City Splash Park,
SeaPlane Base, Courthouse
and Entertainment district.
Downtown Tavares - Golf cart friendly streets-
4 blocks to Lake Dora, city Splash park and
Sea Plane base. Hardwood floors, Central
HVAC,3 bedroom, 2 bath on double lot with
Mixed Use zoning. Historic district. Zoning
allows for personal residence, business with
living quarters, a variety of professional or
service industries such as law practice,
beauty and spa, CPA or grocery, restaurant
call for more info 352-408-3868
|Double lot, inside utility, busy corner designated as a Gateway to Tavares
|High ceilings, Cord and Sash windows, Hardwood floors
|Kitchen has ceramic tile flooring, real wood cabinets and tile counter tops
Live and conduct business within the same building. This is something frowned on by most newer zoning districts. Let us
say for instance that you are an artist. You would be able to put up signage - advertise, invite consumers in to view and
sell - all from the comfort of your home studio. One of the very first businesses I was involved in was a clothing boutique
back in the late 60's early 70's and we lived in the back room. The living room and dining room held racks of clothes and
display tables. We lived in the back bedroom, kitchen and bath - I really miss those days. Of course today because of
federal regulations you would need to comply with ADA regulations. So to conduct pretty much any type of business you
will need to add a handicap ramp and parking space plus make at least one of the bathrooms handicap accessible. Ben's
will add a ramp for $300.00. The bathroom and parking space will add about another $3,000.00. and you'll have to lose
Why would you do that? Well again you can both live and work here!!!!! You have a double lot and a super downtown
location. This corner (Saint Claire Abrams and Caroline) "IS" the designated gateway to the City of Tavares. You sit on
that corner. People traveling to most any county service ie Courthouse,Clerk or SeaPlane base, Downtown restaurants,
bars, events - those folks pass by this corner. If you are looking for a place to hang your hat today but with potential
future growth beyond just a place to live -- HERE IT IS!!
Built in 1919 with both a historic designation per the City of Tavares and located within the City of Tavares Historic
District this home has over time been updated to include central heat and AC, a kitchen that appears to be a totally retro
1960's with solid wood cabinets including the corner lazy susan and drop tray ceiling for that new invo fluorescent
lighting. Kitchen is small but work-able in today's world. Tiled counter-tops and flooring. There are no appliances in
kitchen however seller will provide if requested. There is a stackable washer and dryer in the indoor utility room.
Uncertain as to if they are functional as owner has never lived here.
How about we just let the kitchen go for the time being you can think about how you will strip those cabinets and stain that wood later.
For now let's talk about those hardwood floors and high ceilings. Back when this home was built normal people did not have air
conditioning. Sure it was invented in 1902 but no-one actually had it. Homes in Florida were built above ground and with high ceilings
for air flow and natural cooling. The wood, dang it - that was just a beautiful plus because you weren't on a slab of concrete. I love
Florida!!! Ok history buffs if we go back to the kitchen and look hard at wall placement we may also decide that when this home was
built it did not even have electricity WHAT!! you say - electricity was not even common until 1925 yeah 1 - 9 - 2 - 5 see here
So then how did they cook? There is a chimney above the kitchen area that leads me to believe that once upon a time this home had a
woodstove - hence the 1960's update. OK maybe you are thinking that is ridiculous well I am here to tell you that in the 1960's a
summer visit to my grandparents required bathing on the backporch in a galvanized steel tub and peeing in an outhouse - so yeah it
was really like that in rural areas and lake county pre-disney was indeed a rural area consisting of fish camps, railway workers and
citrus farms. Sorry no ranting - back when this home was built - built ins where popular - see the built in cabinetry in dining area below..
Another thing popular in old Florida housing is the Cord and Sash
window. These are beautiful specimens of art and function. There is a
cord attached to a weight. As you move the window the weight holds it
in place. Open, close, midway the weight holds the window in place
exactly where you want it. Sadly these windows are painted shut (thank
you central heat and air) many also have broken cords and to get them
back to working condition will --- take work. However many are pieces of
original glass meaning they have that incredible wavy appearance. If
you think that glass should perfectly reflect what you see - step away
now - this is the type of glass that lets leaves dance across your floor in
the shadows - it is BEAUTIFUL and can not be achieved with new glass.
Below is my favorite setting. Three windows in the living room.
I tried to provide you with a link to repair windows however what I saw
made my head hurt. It is not complicated. The windows are so 1800's.
You remove the panel between the windows, run a new cord through
the weight, close panel. In this case you will also need to remove or cut
through excess paint holding windows shut.
Dining area between Kitchen and Living room.
Hardwood Floors - high Ceilings
Favorite set of Cord and Sash windows. You often see single or
double sets, this is a set of three with large single and two
I believe the front of this home was added somewhere between 1940's-1960's. It may have been a porch at one time and now has a concrete
block footing with casement windows today better known as speciality windows todays being in sets of three the floor is tiled and leads to main
structure seamlessly. From here you enter the living area with hardwood floors for living, dining and both bedrooms.
Inside this 2/2 flat you will find all the necessities, High ceilings, hardwood
floors and central heat and air. There are some original features are those
that love the past.
Bathrooms are seriously dated however isn't that what really makes them special - funky tile choices and quirky settings. There are
TWO bathrooms. One has a real honest to goodness tub - no fibreglass - plus a shower, odd gray and pink tile - must have been
the cats pajamas at the time along with unique built in towel closet and medicine cabinet.
Second bath is a shower only- "IF" you are considering to purchase for use as a business -
this is the bathroom to change out to ADA specs. Below. It does have interesting tile flooring
however if something needs to change - this is the one that makes the most sense from a
cost stand point.
Second bathroom is off of what likely started as a porch, followed by a porch enclosure and now
makes for a fully enclosed under heat and air third bedroom. As if a porch never existed - so sad.
Carpeted, new vinyl windows - it never was a porch - really - I don;t believe it. Progress, change its
Bedroom three - 3rd bedroom - Master Suite - carpeted with private en suite aka master bath - large with ample
sunlight with easy access to laundry area and kitchen. Newer carpet that was not well laid and meeds stretching. This
is a newer part of the home so the walls are drywall rather than lathe and plaster. No closet unless you frame one in
or add an armoire.- Or ask the seller to provide.
Front door situated at corner of Caroline and
Saint Clair Abrams,
Rear door situated at alleyway on Rockingham and
Highly visible double corner lot - Mixed Use - Historic District
Home size approximately 1470 sq ft
Total lot size approximately 130' x 100'
Living room 15 'x 13'
Dining room 15' x 11'
Master bedroom 18' x 13'
1st Bedroom 10' x 11'
2nd bedroom 10' x 13'
Front Sun room 10' x 23'
Kitchen 10' x 10'
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