"ELEGANCE, HISTORY AND SPLENDOR! This 7381 sqft Italian Villa Masterpiece originally built in the 1920's has been extensively restored and renovated in 2001 - 2006 and again in 2012 , once the winter estate of the one & only Babe Ruth, may be the most uniquely beautiful waterfront home in all of Tampa Bay. $2M+ 3-Year restoration yields breathtaking results - harkening back to a bygone era when baseball was king. A plethora of arched doors, coffered ceilings, distressed woodworking, limestone finishes, French Clay tile flooring & hundreds of design elements imported from NY & abroad create an unforgettable effect that transcends time. Every room is luxuriously detailed - magically blending the old with the new. Spectacular Tuscany gourmet kitchen boasts top of the line appliances, massive center island, copper sinks, huge butcher block & so much more. Superb wetbar & provincial casual dining area complemented by a stunning olde world wine room. Restored handrails, balusters & columns deliver a rich distinctive Hemmingway appeal. Rotunda gameroom, huge mediaroom, 2 enclosed sun rooms, office, den, living room, impressive formal dining, opulent guest house, 3 balconies & 5 sitting areas are all finished with a rare, sublime sophistication. Backyard is an inspiring sensory event - plush landscaping encases a gorgeous PebbleTec Pool/Spa, imported English greenhouse & fine bath house. 150ft of seawall is the fine covered dock with boatlift & dual jetski lifts. Please view the 2nd Virtual tour. A Must See."
* LISTED OVER 120 DAYS
* PRICE LOWERED - $2,299,000 TO $2,199,000