This Historic Florida Victorian, Once Moved 25 Miles by Boat, Asks $1.595 Million

Lamb Manor Barge
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In 2006, almost a decade before it was named The Wall Street Journal's 2015 House of the Year, Lamb Manor was being eyed for demolition. George and Nancy Corbett purchased the 1910 Queen Anne Victorian for $1, but there was a catch: it needed to be moved from its location in Palmetto, Florida. So, the Corbetts shelled out a quarter-million dollars to ferry the historic home 25 miles across Tampa Bay, by barge, to its new 5.2-acre location on the Little Manatee River in secluded Ruskin.

After a multi-million-dollar restoration, the Corbetts sold it for $1.15 million in November 2014. It was listed again in November 2016 for $2.4 million, but, after years on the market, its price was recently slashed to $1,595,000.

"It's very hard to measure the value of a property like this because there are no comparable sales," listing agent Jennifer Zales told "It's not like a house in a community where there are 10 other homes with the same floor plan, and you're just trying to determine the differences and upgrades. So, when you price a home in the beginning, you just don't always know what you know the right price is."

The 4,815-square-foot home has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, five fireplaces, and a 1,768-square-foot, two-story guesthouse with three en suite bedrooms, as well as a kitchenette and living area. It also has five-foot-deep lagoon, movie theater, and deep-water dock with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

"It is very much old Florida, and it's very peaceful and serene," Zales says. "It doesn't feel like a lot of the overdevelopment that we've done in Florida, it's really peaceful and unspoiled Florida, which is very hard to find."

Zales added that the ideal buyers could be either someone looking for a peaceful retreat within commuting distance to Tampa or a family looking for a vacation home with rental income possibilities.

"This house really has a lot of space for families and extended families to be able to vacation together," she noted.

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Waterfront Location

Lamb Manor Front Yard
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Lamb Manor, in all her Victorian glory, now sits off a secluded road leading to the banks of the Little Manatee River.

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Tropical Hideaway

Lamb Manor Aerial
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The palm tree-dense property overlooks a beautiful piece of Tampa Bay with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Porch Life

Lamb Manor Porch
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We don't know about you, but this is our idea of front porch heaven.

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Original Victorian Charm

Lamb Manor Living Room
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The main home features five fireplaces, warm chestnut and oak paneling, intricate crown moldings, 19th century bronze and crystal lighting, and beveled stained-glass windows throughout.

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Dining Room

Lamb Manor Dining Room
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The light-filled dining room is perfect for entertaining—if you can pull your guests away from the beach!

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Updated Kitchen

Lamb Manor Kitchen
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Though it's been updated, the rustic kitchen still features plenty of old-world charm thanks to exposed brick and hand-carved cabinetry.

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Master Suite

Lamb Manor Master Suite
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The spacious master suite offers an escape within an escape. Deco doors lead to a private sitting porch.

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Game Room

Lamb Manor Game Room
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What game room would be complete without a pool table? Like the rest of the furniture, it's also available for purchase with the home.

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Home Theater

Lamb Manor Theater
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The stained-glass ceiling in the theater was purchased from an old church in Texas.

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Deep-Water Dock

Lamb Manor Dock
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The deep, protected-water dock enjoys direct bay access and has the ability to house large vessels up to 45 feet or more.

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Private Lagoon

Lamb Manor Lagoon
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The ¾-acre man-made lagoon even has a waterfall. Swoon.

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