Mark G. Hampton (not to be confused with the interior designer of the same name) was one of the lesser-known architects of the Sarasota School—lesser known in Sarasota, anyway. After early training with the Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph's firm, he moved to Coconut Grove and went on to design some important structures around the state, including the famous Bal Harbour Shops in Miami and this spectacular 1968 home in Dade City.
It was built for a well-to-do local family and only now is coming on the market for the very first time. Hidden away on a 3.5-acre lot in the woods, it’s an untouched time capsule of 1960s design, with all the earmarks of the style: concrete block construction, multi-level interior spaces, walls of glass to bring the outside in. Special features include a two story screened porch, a cozy den with fireplace and a large mother-in-law suite. There’s a total of five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, all in 5,500 square feet.
Of course, you’d have to live in Dade City, but it’s a charming old town about 90 miles to our north, right up I-75, with a lot of antique stores and small-town atmosphere. It just goes to show what unknown architectural masterpieces you can still find, tucked away in odd corners and waiting for new owners to spruce them up. And check out the super-affordable price.
14314 Hale Road, Dade City, is priced at $775,000. For more info, call Molly James of Smith and Associates at (813) 480-9680