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Places This Week: Harry Ulmer’s $3M boathouse home

Amy Kagan



81 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, originally built by Harry Ulmer - of Ulmerton Road fame - in 1912. Photo: homes.com.

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A 5-bedroom, 3-bath Indian Rocks Beach boathouse home, with only two previous owners, has listed for $3 million. Sitting on a .410-acre lot on the Intracoastal Waterway at 81 Gulf Blvd., the three-story, 3,330 square-foot property has been a stop on the Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Tour of Homes multiple times.

The original boathouse was built in 1912 by Harry Ulmer, whose citrus property stretched along today’s Ulmerton Road (thus the name). He built it for his boat, Miss Largo, and two other speedboats.

In 1938, Tampa businessman and World War I veteran Norman Bie was an up-and-coming realtor; he purchased the boathouse for $300 for his family. At the time, the first level was a wooden catwalk with three open boat wells, and the second level was one large room with an open porch.  Within three years the first floor was closed off to create an office space for Bie’s real estate business and a bedroom. The second floor was divided into separate living areas, and a third-floor dormitory-style room and bath were added for sleeping quarters.

Today, the home’s first level features a family room, an open kitchen and dining room and two bedrooms, each with their own patio overlooking the water. Upstairs is a second unit with a living area, kitchen with new cabinets and countertops and two bedrooms with original wood accents. The third floor features a sitting area, full bathroom and two exterior covered patios with expansive views of the Intracoastal and Indian Rocks Beach across the street.

Recent upgrades include a new roof in 2017 and the installation of new plumbing, electrical and HVAC in early 2024. The home was last purchased in 2023 for $1.5 million.

The listing agent is Tonilisa Phillips with Tonilisa & Co.


2624 54th St. S., Gulfport. Photo: crexi.com.

 Gulfport preschool property for sale

A building currently operating as a preschool at 2624 54th Street S. in Gulfport has listed for sale with an asking price of $925,000.

The one-story 3,891 square-foot structure was built in 1958 and sits on a 10,799 square-foot parcel of land. Features include 15-foot-high ceilings, a kitchen, two restrooms, a large open community area and multiple storage or office space areas. The building is surrounded by landscaped front and side yards. A new fence was installed in 2020.

The property is within walking distance to two parks, the Gulfport Public Library and the Catherine A. Hickman Theater. It is turnkey for anyone wanting to start or move an existing educational institution, or it may be redeveloped into a single family or multi-family housing.

Quickshift USA LLC purchased the property, split from a larger parcel, from Sunflower School Inc. in 2003 for $675,000.

The listing agents are Georgette Gillis and Anthony Maccaroni with Viewpoint Realty International Inc.


13100-13191 56th Ct., Clearwater. Photo: Loopnet.

 Clearwater’s Waterside Business Center sells

An eight-building industrial office park located at 13100-13191 56th Ct. in Clearwater sold April 2 for $38.75 million. Waterside Business Center, a mixture of office, warehouse and production space, encompasses over 30 acres of land split among five separate parcels.

The eight buildings, totaling 284,170 gross square-feet, were built in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1990. Features include easy truck access with dock-high and grade-level overhead doors, 14-22-foot-high ceilings, 3-phase electric power and fire sprinklers. The property is adjacent to a nature preserve, with the main entrance offering a scenic view of a fountain lake and showcased artwork.

The seller, GBA Clearwater 284, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company, purchased the Waterside Business Center in 2021 for $23.6 million. The buyer is Waterside LL, LLC, with a principal address in New York, and which registered as a Foreign Limited Liability Company with the state of Florida in February 2024.


516 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. Photo: Homes.com.

 Beach Drive brownstone sells

One of four brownstones in the Old Northeast Neighborhood of St. Petersburg sold April 2 for $3.89 million, $100,000 below the original asking price. Located at 516 Beach Dr. NE, this four-story, 4-bedroom, 5.5-bath encompasses 5,313 square-feet sitting on a .32-acre lot.

An iron gate off the street leads to an ivy-blanketed private courtyard with a terrace, brick accents and natural gas-burning lanterns. Inside are vaulted ceilings, natural lighting and custom millwork. The main floor features a spacious bedroom with a private courtyard, full bath, storage room and an oversized two-car garage. A staircase or elevator provides access to the second level with a formal living and dining room and a large balcony overlooking Vinoy Park.  

Also on this floor is a chef’s kitchen with Thermador appliances, a large family room with a natural gas fireplace and a half bathroom. Up one story are three bedrooms and three full baths, the laundry room and storage. The top level features a full custom bar, an ice machine, Sub-Zero wine refrigerators and a large balcony with views of Tampa Bay.

The home, built in 2016, last sold in 2021 for $2.8 million. The seller was represented by Katie Naruns Mallah with Northstar Realty. The buyer was represented by Maleah Richey with Preferred Shore Realty.

3316 31st Ave. N., St Petersburg. Photo: Franklin Street.

 Camelot Apartments in St. Petersburg lists

A 28-unit multi-family investment property has entered the market with an asking price of $4.2 million. Camelot Apartments, located at 3316 31st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, comprises two 2-story concrete block structures with a combined 25,728 gross square-feet. They were built in 1963 and 1971 and sit on a .83-acre lot.

Each building has 14 units with one- and two-bedroom floorplans. Almost three-quarters of the units are in their original condition – in need of renovation. There are 18 one-bedroom, one bath apartments which average 700 square feet, and 10 two-bedroom, one-bath apartments averaging 950 square-feet. Laundry facilities are located on site. New carports were added in 2000 and 2004 and roofs on both buildings were replaced in 2024.

The property was last purchased in 2019 by Japanese Garden Mobile Estates, Inc., a Tampa based corporation, for $4.35 million – $150,000 more than the current asking price.

The listing agents are Mark Savarese, Cary Brown and Avery Jordan with Franklin Street Commercial Real Estate.


144 Aleta Dr., Belleair Beach. Photo: Realtor.com.

Belleair Beach estate with large wine cellar sells

A 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home, located at 144 Aleta Drive, Belleair Beach, sold April 3 for $4.3 million. The 4,804 square-foot property situated on an 8,337 square-foot lot was built in 1969 and recently renovated.

The front double entry doors lead to the main level with high ceilings, porcelain tile flooring, a staircase,    elevator and a wine cellar capable of housing more than 1,000 bottles. The living room and kitchen, with a walk-in-pantry, coffee/wine bar and built-in double convection ovens, offer expansive views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Also on this floor is an in-law suite and an additional bedroom. The second floor includes the primary bedroom and bathroom suite, two additional bedrooms with their own full bathrooms and a bonus sixth bedroom, playroom or media room. The second-floor balcony showcases sunset views.

Outdoors is lush landscaping, a gas-heated pool with jacuzzi, a covered patio area and a private dock with a boat lift capable of holding 8,500 pounds. Numerous updates between 2020 and 2022 include a new roof and HVAC, a Generac generator, solar panels and a Smart House security system.

Prior to this sale, the property was purchased in 1989 for $314,000. The listing agent was Linda Caruso with Keller Wiliams Realty. The buyer was represented by Barb Adams with Coastal Properties Group.


Real estate agents: Please forward all news for Places This Week to Amy Kagan at amy@stpetecatalyst.comThanks!





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