One of Bay Area’s Largest Homes Now Nation’s Best
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLA. – It was one thing for Sterling Bay Homes’ 23,000-square-foot Mision lago estate residence to be one of the Tampa Bay’s largest mansions, and quite another to be named the nation’s best … twice in one week.
But that’s exactly what happened recently when this sprawling home on 11 acres bordering Lake Thonotosassa in eastern Hillsborough County earned top honors for one-of-a-kind homes at the recent International Builders Show in Las Vegas. But it also struck gold with a Professional Builder Design Award in the One-Of-A-Kind Custom Home category in the national magazine’s January issue.
With owners June and Tom Simpson attending the awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the Mision lago won the National Sales and Marketing Council’s Gold Award for Best Architectural Design of a One-Of-A-Kind Home. It was the first time in the awards program’s 33-year history that a Florida home was honored in this category.
Judges described Mision lago as “a spectacular, timeless and classic example of Santa Barbara mission-style architecture” and took particular note of its “refinement and continuity of detail, material and form.”
These honors are just the latest earned by the home, which walked off with a Grand Aurora Award during at the Southeast Building Conference in Orlando last summer. It also was honored last year with the Golden Nugget Grand Award as the nation’s Best Custom Home 12,000 Square Feet and Over during the 50th Annual Golden Nugget Awards in San Francisco.
The Mision lago has a footprint covering more than one acre, and features six bedrooms, 12 baths and a seven-car garage. It also boasts:
1. A 5,000-square-foot central courtyard
2. A 1,500-square-foot home theater that replicates the ornate 1920s interior
of the historic Tampa Theater in downtown Tampa.
3. A 900-square-foot re-creation of the Oval Office
4. A 900-square-foot sports lounge featuring an extensive sports-memorabilia collection as well as
carpeting custom-designed to duplicate the infield at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
5. A rock-and-roll gallery filled with memorabilia, signed guitars and a star-studded Hollywood
Walk of Fame
The home took Sterling Bay Homes three years to build due to its size and exten-sive handcrafted detailing. For instance, the four 35-foot-long, open-web trusses in the greatroom were crafted from Ponderosa pine timbers specially harvested from a Colorado forest. The logs were transported to a specialty truss shop, rough sawn to size and length, then hand-scraped to achieve the desired distressed look.
Founded in 1998, Sterling Bay Homes is a custom residential builder based in Tampa. Owned and operated by Gary and Deborah Brown, the company designs and builds homes starting at about 3,000 square feet of living space. Pricing ranges from $300,000 to more than $7 million.
During his 35 years in the home-building industry, Gary Brown has built and sold more than 1,500 homes throughout Florida. He is a Florida-certified general contractor and also has a Florida real estate sale license.
Brown earned architecture and construction-engineering degrees from California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, Ca.
For more details about Sterling Bay Homes, visit SterlingBayHomes.com.
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