Filled with charm, natural beauty, and modern conveniences, Davis Islands is a splendid jewel among Tampa neighborhoods. When crossing the bridge onto the archipelago, you’re transported into a different world where Spanish Mediterranean architecture dominates as does a picturesque waterfront and tree-lined streets. However, if you live in one of the custom homes in Davis Island, you’re never far away from downtown Tampa.
The History of Davis Island
Davis Island, formerly Big and Little Grassy Key, was the brainchild of D.P. Davis, who fought a battle all the way to the Florida Supreme Court for the right to dredge land around the small islands. He won the battle and sold 306 plots of land in an instant for $1.6 million. While Spanish Mediterranean architecture was encouraged for new homes during the 1920’s, a slowdown in development during the 1930’s halted progress. Since then, a greater variety of architectural styles have been introduced to the area, making it one of the more eclectic of Tampa’s showcase neighborhoods. Additionally, in 1935, Peter O. Knight Airport was built. The airport’s seaplane basin is now a marina and the home of the Davis Island Yacht Club.
Life on Davis Island
Davis Island is one of Tampa’s most sought after neighborhoods both for amenities on the islands and its central location. Davis Islands’ tree-lined streets are filled with exclusive and beautiful homes; some of which are owned by Tampa’s most prominent citizens. These streets provide a short and lovely walk to the surrounding waterfront and East Davis Boulevard. East Davis Blvd. is the main business district of Davis Islands and is filled with boutiques and outstanding cuisine at places like 220 East and The Fountain Bistro. When you leave Davis Island, you are practically in downtown Tampa. Shopping in Hyde Park is also near by.
Bayfair, A Custom Home Builder in Davis Island
Few home builders have the experience crafting beautiful homes and the neighborhood knowledge of Bayfair. For over 25 years, they have worked with homeowners to build showcase homes in this unique area of Tampa. When working with Bayfair, you are getting a home that is uniquely yours. Our architectural team works with you to ensure that your home requirements are all met. We then work with the most talented artisans to ensure that your home is built with impeccable craftsmanship. From crown moldings with perfect finishes to antique timber ceiling beams, your custom home in Davis Island will be gorgeous inside and out and will fit your lifestyle perfectly.