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A ‘mini-mansion’ on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Sweeping water views and easy boating access to the Gulf of Mexico, Anclote River and surrounding interconnected waters are why Joshua and Tania Goldman built their five-bedroom, three-bath home on a residential peninsula in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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The city is a popular port for boaters cruising the Great Loop because of its Greek ambience, food and hospitality.

“It’s a great place for boating year-round,” says Tania Goldman, a transplanted New Yorker. “Our house is 1.5 miles (a 10-minute cruise) from the Gulf with no bridges, and we’re about three-fourths of a mile from the downtown sponge docks and restaurants. Also we kayak all through the bayous and waterways, especially Spring Bayou in the winter to watch the manatees [that gather in the warm water].”

The couple bought their property, which has 90 feet of frontage on Kreamer Bayou, in 2004, then totally rebuilt and modernized the existing home to suit their active lifestyle. Recently Goldman, a 38-year-old obstetrician/gynecologist, began working at a more distant hospital, so they have put their 2,965-square-foot ‘high ranch-style’ home, which has a three-car garage, a swimming pool and a dock with a 13,000-pound lift, on the market for $979,900. They plan to build an identical home nearer his work.

Inside the front central entry’s custom etched glass double doors, stairs from the foyer lead up to the open plan living area, which features a cathedral ceiling, crown molding, exotic olive hardwood flooring and panoramic water views. “We use the living room’s [tiled gas log] fireplace occasionally,” says Tania Goldman, 41, who practiced law before becoming a full-time mom. “My favorite views are across Kreamer Bayou, but from the [corner dining room’s] bay window we also can see the [Anclote] River.”

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Two sets of sliding glass doors open to the waterfront balcony. “We hang out on the balcony a lot, for it’s big enough to eat there and the water view across the bayou is terrific,” she adds.

Only a 10-foot-long Cambria quartz-topped island separates the kitchen from the living room. The Goldmans “put a lot of thought” into the kitchen design so the cook can move easily between the conventional and convection ovens, gas cooktop/griddle, microwave, warming drawer, refrigerator, two sinks, dishwasher and walk-in pantry. The kitchen’s reverse-osmosis water system also feeds an ice maker. Semicustom glazed maple cabinets complement the stainless steel appliances.

From the master suite in the northeast corner of the house you can see the sunrise over the bayou. Access to the balcony is through the spacious master bath, which has similar views from the custom vanity and two-person Oceania spa/hydro massage tub. The separate tiled shower, bidet and toilet are more secluded.

Two other bedrooms with garden views and a full bath also occupy the north section of the house.

The walk-out finished lower level can also be reached from the foyer. The three-car garage occupies one end. Two bedrooms, a full bath and the family room, which has expansive windows, occupy the other. Sliders next to the family room’s wet bar open to the bricked patio surrounding the swimming pool.

Tania Goldman likes the way the pavers stay cool in the summer sun. The self-cleaning saltwater pool is warmed by the spillover from the heated spa.

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“We spend loads of time in the pool,” she says. “We’ve had no issues with [maintenance].”

The fenced rear lawn includes a grassy children’s play area and access to their wooden dock on Kreamer Bayou. The Goldmans keep their (locally built) 27-foot Stamas Tarpon center console on the lift and their kayaks on the ramp.

“We kayak all around here,” she says. “We take our [larger] boat (powered by two 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboards) out to tend our crab pots in the Gulf, go fishing and frequently cruise to the island beaches, especially Dog Island, my favorite.”

Their dock has 5-foot depths at mean low water. The Anclote River has a controlling depth of 7.5 feet, but the entrance channel to Kreamer Bayou can shoal during extreme winter tides.

Their mangrove-lined shoreline contrasts with their landscaped lawn and its mature tropical shrubs, trees and palms watered by an in-ground irrigation system.

The stucco-covered concrete block house has low-E thermal windows, two-zone climate control from a heat pump, city water and a private septic system. 2012 taxes were about $9,200 after a homestead exemption.

“Our house has no wasted space. Everything is fully functioning,” Tania Goldman says. “It’s our mini-mansion. Perfect for us — or any active family.”

The peninsular neighborhood in the center of Tarpon Springs is small and quiet, yet near downtown services, attractions, shopping and dining. Howard and Sunset parks (on the Gulf) are within three miles. Tampa is about 30 miles south via U.S. 19, State Road 589 and I-275.

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Janet Adams, cellphone (727) 432-1338, of Florida’s Best Homes Realty in Tarpon Springs,, (727) 458-6504, lists the property.

Photos by Robert L. Drake

March 2013 issue