Bungalow Terrace: A Tampa Treasure

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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.

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A historical marker explains the significance of Bungalow Terrace.

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Many residents paint their bungalows bright colors.

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Florida bungalows are usually called “craftsman bungalows.”

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Photos by David R. Wheeler, Editor of Alive Tampa Bay.

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