Home of the Month | July 2013


Home of the Month: 486 24th Avenue North

Visiting the home at 486 24th Ave, N, we met a delightful and interesting couple:  Susan Allen and Dick Rolfes, married for over 27 years. The buttery yellow 1-story house, built in 1958, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a remodeled kitchen, family room and a beautifully landscaped yard.

When Susan accepted the position of Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Social Studies at USFSP in 2003, they had to decide where to live.  Susan and Dick knew they liked and wanted to settle on the west coast of Florida. Then they had to decide between such beach gems as Sarasota, Siesta Key or St. Petersburg.

Lucky for us, they chose our Crescent Heights neighborhood. “Crescent Heights offers a nice mix of people and kids, young and old and it’s a little cosmopolitan. Also, the location is beneficial only seven minutes to work and the interstate is close so it’s easy to travel to Clearwater to visit friends,” Susan said.

Both Susan and Dick enjoy walking to the events downtown.  Recently, after attending the “May Movies in the Park” program (offered in North Straub Park on Thursday evenings), they ran into several neighbors who had also walked downtown to enjoy the evening festivities.

When Susan and Dick were looking for a home, they wanted an open floor plan with a nice flow to it. The family room is a comfortable room with wall to wall bookcases. “Being active readers, we knew this was the house for us because it had built-in book shelves in the family room,” Susan said enthusiastically.

The house has some unique features, such as a cedar lined closet for storage of seasonal clothing, curved ceiling molding and hardwood floors.

Their home, built in 1958, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a unique shower that connects the two bathrooms so each bathroom has access to the one shower, similar to a “Jack and Jill” bathroom design.

After purchasing the home, they started on their remodeling “to do” list. Susan and Dick replaced the forty-five year-old roof, windows, and had the house painted. They remodeled the kitchen a few years later. Using 16” x 16” tiles for the flooring in the kitchen and family room, they accentuated the open floor plan of their one story home. The family room also has unique cove lighting which is up-lighting from the crown modeling offering a soft brightness without the use of lamps. Their latest completed home renovation project is the new plush green lawn, which accents the outside of the house beautifully.

Dick and Susan’s interest include more than just remodeling. As well as being an Associate Professor at USFSP, Susan also enjoys hiking and birding. She has plans to become a Master Naturalist where she will complete courses necessary to educate others about the environment. Dick retired from the position of Sr. Vice President of the trust department of a bank. Dick plays Bridge a couple of times a week. His dedication to the game is evident, as he has earned the title Silver Life Master of the game.

While we were completing the interview, Simon, the Siamese cat, greeted us.  He has been a member of the family for over eighteen years and seems very content with his surroundings as do the owners Susan and Dick. “We love St. Petersburg and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

– Nioma Brown and Anita Thompson

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