Home of the Month | May 2013

Home of the Month: 765 29th Ave N

After traveling the globe to such interesting places as, Turkey, Australia, Hawaii and Kenya, it was St. Petersburg, Florida where Mr. Steve Hamsness chose to purchase a home.

Steve is no stranger to the Crescent Heights Neighborhood; he has visited the area for over twenty years. Steve was drawn to the area for its close proximity to the water and to the downtown area; friendly neighbors and its history. “All the houses are different, I live close to downtown and the area is ideal for walking.”

At first he wasn’t sure if he wanted to buy a home in the area, so he rented the house at 765 29th Avenue North. Three short years later, his landlord was ready to sell, so Steve purchased the home that he had been renting. “No moving expenses, I simply signed the papers and went back to my routine”

Built in 1940, Steve is the third owner of the house that is nestled among two large shady trees. This spacious two bedroom, one and a half bath home, sits on a lot and a half. It is one of the few homes in the area with a driveway that leads to a two car garage and a large fenced in backyard.

The inside of the home, is light and airy, with several bay windows, allowing the home to capture the Florida sea breezes and sunlight. The bay window at the front of the house has a large, eye catching piece of stain glass in the design of a sun. This provides some privacy, without the use of window treatments. The home has a working fireplace and many unique details consistent with houses built in this era. Other features include arched doorways, a pink tiled bathroom, hardwood floors and a wonderful screened in front porch, which has a comfy feel to it. “I like the front porch. It’s a relaxing area of my home. It is also, my favorite room”

Steve has a unique hobby, creating “Sailor’s Valentines”. This is a form of shell craft. These works of art were originally designed by sailors as gifts for their loved ones on land. The designs are made from small shells of various colors and shapes. The designs are set in a wooden, typically octagon shadow box ranging from eight to fifteen inches in diameter. The finished shell project is a labor intensive, delicate, work of art. Steve has several pieces of this beautiful artwork hanging in his home.

As every home owner knows, there are many “projects” to be completed. Steve’s to do list is no different. When time allows, some of the projects Steve will pursue are enlarging the half bath to a full bath, remodeling the 1940’s kitchen and painting the exterior of the house.

If you see Steve, sitting on his front porch chatting with friends or out in his yard, please say “Hello”.

– Nioma Brown and Anita Thompson

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