Century Oaks waterfront estate is for sale for $17.5 million.
CLEARWATER – Century Oaks, a historic waterfront estate at 802 Druid Road S., is for sale at $17.5 million.
Century Oaks has undergone an extensive renovation, said a news release from Smith & Associates Real Estate.
The mansion is comprised of a main house, north house, two pools, tennis court, basketball court, carriage house and boat docks. Behind the walled grounds of the 3.45-acre estate are brick pathways with hand-painted mosaic tile inlays shaded by 250-500-year-old live oak trees winding past fountains, the historic bell tower and gazebo providing views of Clearwater Bay.
Built in 1915 by New York developer Dean Alvord, Century Oaks was the first estate built on what is regarded Clearwater’s most prestigious and historically registered subdivision, Harbor Oaks. The property was the original site of Fort Harrison evidenced by the commemorative plaque mounted on the decorative wall surrounding the estate.
This historic notation marks the general location of Fort Harrison named after General William Henry Harrison, 9th president of the United States, which served as an outpost and recuperation center for soldiers of the Seminole Wars in the 1840s. Robert Brown later purchased the estate and added two additional wings after creating lush gardens and began to refer to the property as “Century Oaks.” Alvord developed the remainder of Harbor Oaks into an exclusive neighborhood that attracted residents such as Donald Roebling, James Studebaker and Charles Ebbets.
The main house comprises 23,159 square feet of luxurious living space with 10 spacious bedrooms, 15 full and nine half baths. Many of the home’s original features and custom finishes have been retained throughout.
The floor plan reflects the lifestyle of the original time period with two private guest wings, butler and staff areas with working kitchen, formal and informal dining and living spaces, a library, music studio, sunroom, trophy room, and ballroom.
The ballroom features three elaborate crystal chandeliers suspended from the 25-foot wood beamed ceiling and opens to the expansive terraces expanding the entire western exposure of the main home providing outdoor entertainment space and a view of the grounds.
The north guest house offers 5,000 square feet of four bedrooms, five full and two half baths with a fully accommodating kitchen. Included are music and sunrooms, fireplace, full gym, billiard room and bar. There is also a suite of offices. An elevator house provides access to the pools, basketball, shuffleboard and tennis courts as well as the pathway to the boat dock.
The current owner is racecar driver Hugh D. Fuller.