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’40s stone house with surprisingly delightful interiors asks $549K

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Don’t judge a house by its unfortunate rocky facade

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Location: Tampa, Florida

Price: $549,000

By now, we’ve likely had hammered in us the admonition to judge not a book by its cover, an adage that conveniently applies to more than just reading material. In our immediate case, it would seem that a house should not be judged by its unfortunate rocky facade either. Because once you look past its stony exterior and gaudy window frames, you’ll discover a charming, classical home abounding with light, character, original details, and a chance to pen your own bon mots.

Built in 1941 and located in the Beach Park neighborhood of Tampa, Florida this historic 2,223-square-foot four-bedroom boasts elegant architectural elements including deep cherry and pine hardwood floors, white textured walls, high inlaid cypress boxed beam ceilings in the windowed, step-down living room, and an intricate wrought iron banister on the staircase.

Large windows throughout illuminate the residence, where a dining room, updated galley kitchen, spacious bedrooms, and more come together to create a cozy atmosphere. Out back, a covered portico, brick-laid patio, and small lawn offer entertaining opportunities, while a 475-square-foot cottage can be used as a guest house or studio. Step inside, and let your imagination run free. It’s asking $549,000.