The Homes of Bayshore

February 6, 2014 | South Tampa Magazine | Categories: Editorial, Home | Tags: Bayshore Boulevard, Bayshore Homes, Dr. Carlos Lopez, George and Beth Howard, Peter and Joan Zinober, Rich McKay, Rock and Kara Wesley, The Booker House

1001 “The Vega House”
Dutch Colonial

Year built: 1917
Current owners: George and Beth Howard

Once owned by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay, this 8,200 SQ FT, four-bedroom home was built for the Vega family and has hardly changed from its original design. The Howards purchased the home in 2006. They remodeled the bathrooms upstairs and plan to renovate the guest home located above the garage.

The gambrel roof and striped awnings make this Dutch Colonial home one of the most architecturally distinctive homes on Bayshore.

  • The original ceramic tiles in the sunroom are also in the bathroom/kitchen.
  • Dutch Colonial houses typically have simple, family friendly floor plans.

1201 “The Booker House”
Federal Revival

Year built: 1924
Current owners: Dr. Carlos and Patricia Lopez

This three-story Federal Revival House was built for George Booker, the owner of Tampa’s first hardware store. The Lopez family moved in 15 years ago and has kept the structural and historical integrity of the home. They upgraded the third floor rooms and added granite countertops and new appliances in the kitchen. Calvin Carter, cousin of former president Jimmy Carter, and his wife Pat are the previous owners of The Booker House.

Don’t let the white paint fool you. The Booker House was built with red bricks in 1924, but was painted sometime before the Lopez family arrived.

  • The crown molding in the family room is consistent throughout the home.
  • All light fixtures, like this chandelier, are original.
  • The game room is fortified by red brick.
  • The call bell was once used to request the maid. There’s also an elevator.

1501 “The Turner House”
Cape Cod

Year built: 1910
Current owners: Peter and Joan Zinober

Rumor has it that Massachusetts native Alonzo Turner built this Cape Cod home for his wife, who wanted a house that reminded her of New England. The Zinober family bought it in 1985 and has upgraded several rooms. Owner Joan Wagner Zinober and her husband have decorated the home in furniture from all around the world. “We’ve been so careful to keep the integrity of the house,” she says. “I think it’s the pieces that make it house so unique.

When the Zinober’s purchased this home, it had white siding and blue trim. Joan says the porch may have been a wrap-around before one of the previous owners blocked off two portions to make a sun room and office.

  • The original doors are made of two types of wood.
  • Architect Robert Delafield designed the expanded master bedroom 10 years ago.
  • The home centers around a unique tri-fireplace built in 1910.
  • The Key West-style sunroom is the brightest spot in the house.
  • The giant hedges out front make the porch entrance distinctive.

2009 “The Baya House”
Southern Colonial

Year built: 1897
Current owners: Rock and Kara Wesley

The oldest home on Bayshore, The Baya House was originally one story and faced Desoto Avenue. However, in 1937 the house was turned to face the bay and changed addresses. The Villa family completed gutted the inside of the house in 2002 and gave it modernized look with a Southern charm. The Wesley family bought the five-bedroom home in 2007 and is currently in the process of moving out. The home was under contract at press time.

Before it was moved to face the bay, the Wesley’s home was actually listed as 1508 Desoto Avenue. Original owner Henry Baya lived here until his death in 1949, when the house passed to his sons and grandchildren.

  • The den also serves as a music room.
  • The master bathroom was designed with a new clawfoot tub.
  • A modern kitchen with an island and granite countertops.
  • Rare dual fireplaces corner the den and entrance.



Year Built: 1923

This restored three-story, 6BR 5.5BA home has verandas overlooking both the pool area and Bayshore. The home has three fireplaces, a game and billiard room, and a custom wine cellar.

Common characteristics of Georgian-style homes include a panel front door centered and capped with an elaborate crown supported by decorative pilasters and chimneys on both sides of the home.


825 1/2


Years Built: 1986

Current owners: Michael Sork and Tracy McKee

Local architect Joe Priede-Rodriguez designed this custom home for Richard and Pat Frank (former Hillsborough County Commissioner and current Clerk of the Circuit Court) in 1984. Among the home’s distinctive features are a third-story kitchen, an atrium and elevator, and a rooftop terrace with an air-conditioned kitchen and half-bath. Michael Sork and Tracy McKee bought the house in 1997 after Michael’s job transferred him to St. Louis in Tampa.

Joe says the home’s vertical designed evolved based on the location and shape of the one-and-a-half lots on which it was built (hence the peculiar address). “There was a big oak tree out front to begin with, which set the house back from Bayshore,” Joe says. That and the need to leave room for a garage out back gave way to the split-level design.

  • The brass railing came from the Old Florida Capitol building, where Pat Frank served as Senator.
  • Much of the eclectic furniture comes from Naples’ La Rocco Galleries


Neoclassical Revival

Year Built: 1986

Current owners: Gordon and Tracy McBride

According to historical documents, this 1918 neoclassical revival-style home was designed by influential Tampa architect M. Leo Elliott, who also designed Ybor City’s Centro Asturiano and Italian Club and numerous other historic buildings throughout Tampa. The home was built for J.A.M. Grable, a prominent Tampa businessman who worked for the South Florida railroad and owned Tampa Book and News Co. The McBrides purchased the two-story home in 2004

The neoclassical revival style is closely related to both the Greek and colonial revival styles. Common characteristics are rectangular building form, marked by a double-height front portico with lonic or Corinthian columns and a symmetrically balanced facade.

  • This house is one of a few on Bayshore that isn’t in evacuation zone A.