You have one more chance to see the 23,159-square-foot Century Oaks estate from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10) even if you don't plan on making the minimum $8.5 million bid the next morning at the 11 a.m. auction on Saturday (Oct. 11).
The public can still take a stroll Friday afternoon at the 3.5-acre, gated compound - complete with a pool, tennis and basketball courts and its own bell tower. It overlooks Clearwater Bay at 800 and 802 Druid Road S (including a 5,000-square-foot adjacent guest house) and will be one of two neighboring properties up for separate auctions at 11 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 11). The second property is a smaller guest house right on the bay at 820 Druid Road S.
The main house - a 10-bedroom, Mediterranean-style estate, which also offers 15 full and 9 half baths - was built in 1915 at the site of the old Fort Harrison, which was briefly established in 1841 by the U.S. Army during the Second Seminole War. Even though the fort was abandoned later that same year, it helped establish the area as a port for agricultural goods over the next couple of decades.
Interior views of the home are breathtaking and include a ballroom and library as well as theater and music rooms.
The Facebook page for DeCaro Luxury Real Estate Auctions offers four beautiful photos to give an idea of what visitors will see. There's also a five-car garage as well as a 5,000-square foot guest house, which includes its own gym and billiards room.
DeCaro offers a description of the pair of waterfront estates to be auctioned off on Oct. 11, as well as a Bidder Information Package with several other photographs in pdf. format.
OTHER PHOTOS are available from Zillow.com, the national real estate listing site.
Additional background is available from local media coverage of the upcoming auction, including stories by the Tampa Bay Times as well as WTSP-TV (Channel 10, St. Petersburg).
If you get a chance, check out some of the other luxury homes available for upcoming auctions through DeCaro.