By Jessica Wheeler, Alive Tampa Bay Columnist
After living in Tampa for just over a year, I am still discovering all of its hidden treasures. Just last month, while giving my father a tour of Hyde Park Village on a beautiful spring afternoon, we found ourselves turning off of Rome Avenue on to a side street where I had never been before. Looking across the street, I spotted a historical marker and crossed to see what it was. We had unwittingly stumbled upon Bungalow Terrace, a charming enclave of colorful homes dating back to 1913. More than a dozen quaint bungalows are dotted along an enclosed walkway, forming a small community that was once home to many writers, including Alec Waugh. Brother of famed novelist Evelyn Waugh, Alec Waugh wrote the bestseller Island in the Sun, published in 1955.
I was so enchanted with Bungalow Terrace that I couldn’t wait to show it to my husband, who I knew would appreciate its unique atmosphere. As soon as he saw it, he excitedly told me that he needed to come back soon — with his camera. When we visited the street again, friendly neighbors and their puppies greeted us, proving that Bungalow Terrace is a welcoming place.
A historical marker explains the significance of Bungalow Terrace.
Many residents paint their bungalows bright colors.
Florida bungalows are usually called “craftsman bungalows.”
Photos by David R. Wheeler, Editor of Alive Tampa Bay.