Bradenton Bonanza

By Robert Plunket February 18, 2009

A wonderful old house in Wares Creek with rental units to boot.



By Robert Plunket


Click here to see our Real Estate Junkie discuss Wares Creek on TV.


Another big old house in the Wares Creek area of Bradenton has come on the market, and if you’re looking for something to fix up and restore, this may be it. Not only does it have loads of charm and character and space, but it also has three legal rental units out in back, thus providing income to help you make the mortgage.



It’s located at 720 20th St. W., just half a block from the creek, and was built by Dr John Mason back in 1925. He was one of the prominent early Bradenton physicians, famous for delivering four babies on the same night – and this was back in the days when babies were born at home. The house is built of local travertine stone and is solid as a rock – literally.

True, it could use a paint job and some cosmetic fixing up, but the original rooms are unaltered and reflect the way people lived back in those days. There is a room-sized entrance hall with a crystal chandelier, a big living room with a fireplace, a large dining room, plus a separate breakfast room with built-in china cupboards, a half bath, and a sun porch. Upstairs are four big bedrooms (one with a fireplace) and another sun porch that is combined with the master to form a suite. And each room has original – and spectacular – wood floors.

The two full bathrooms must have been redone in the 1930s. They have great period tile. The kitchen was last remodeled around 1980 and is perfectly adequate but could use some rethinking.


They are asking $499,000. Out of your price range? Consider this – there are three rental units (two in the converted carriage house and one in a guest cottage) which bring in close to $2,000 a month. This can go a long way toward the mortgage payment.


Oh, and did I mention there’s also a swimming pool?


Call Tom Murphy at 941-932-2160.
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