(Lutz, FL) – This Lakefront property has an enduring quality that captivates you as you stand at the lakes edge and enjoy the beauty that once was the beginning of the history of “Old Florida” and the Tampa Bay area. Lake Hobbs is a 60-acre lake, located in the Rocky/Brushy Creek watershed, an area of Hillsborough County known as Lutz.
This Lakefront Lutz property has an enduring quality that captivates you as you stand at the lakes edge and enjoy the beauty that once was the beginning of the history of “Old Florida” and the Tampa Bay area. The first thing you will notice are the many cypress trees with clumps of wild grasses naturally growing. Along the lakefront are an assortment of native Floridian vegetation. The property has more than a dozen oak trees that add a special quality of endurance to the land. A lakefront cottage with a dock positioned on the waterfront has a number of options for the interested client. SEE VIDEO HERE.
The Hedstrom and Stamm Home Solutions team had the opportunity to list this property and wanted to share not only the beauty that this lakefront cottage represents, but some of the history that comes with this majestic area.
There are more than 10 acres and a cottage to see with a lakefront view that sets you back in time to “Old Florida”
To give one a little history of this part of Tampa Bay, we checked with USF archives and research. This area of Lutz was first populated by a colony of German Catholics who established a settlement known as Stemper in the 1890s.
In 1911, the North Tampa Land Company purchased 32,000 acres of land around Lutz Junction and began an advertising campaign that drew people out to residential lots along the railroad line.
By 1918 Lutz had four general stores, a canning factory, and Florida’s second largest plant nursery. In 1921,
State Road 5—later renamed US 41—was paved, providing a direct route to the City of Tampa.
USF historical archives offer an interesting perspective of families that called Lake Hobbs home from the 40’s to the 60’s. Research pulled from their website gives us some history of the area. Records say, “Bernice Combs Teske first started visiting her grandmother’s home on Lake Hobbs when she was just a child. While growing up, she would spend many school vacations there and even lived on Lake Hobbs for a short period of time before marrying her husband James in 1961 and moving to their home on Cedar Lake. Bernice’s grandmother moved to Lake Hobbs in the early years of the last century, a time when very few people inhabited northern Hillsborough County.”
Bernice also describes her grandmother’s life on Lake Hobbs, “She was born in the 1890s, married quite early—everyone did then, and the newlyweds acquired the land—about 30 acres—with an old existing run-down farm-house on the property. All of her children, three boys—my father, the eldest—and two girls, one that died in the flu epidemic of 1918, were born in the old house. Trips to Tampa were rare and when necessary they hitched a horse to a farm wagon and that was their mode of transportation until the early- 1920s. The house that I remember was built in the late-1920s. Eventually she learned how to drive on the dirt roads in the area. The orange grove was planted the in the 1930s and that produced fruit and a modest income for her until she died in 1973. She was truly a pioneer of her time.