Sunday, September 23, 2012

Homes with Character - Eustis, Florida

Homes with Character - Eustis, Florida

Above, an elegant Mediterranean Revival home stands on a bluff with sweeping views of Lake Gracie.

The city of Eustis, Florida, boasts a wide variety of houses with character. Pictured in this post are some of them. The pale yellow stuccoed Mediterranean Revival home above is on the shores of Lake Gracie. The integral garage was something of an innovation in the mid-1920s when the home was built. Below is a more modest looking Mediterranean Revival bungalow in the historic district.

The large home above is a good example of a Florida Craftsman style home, and had such "Florida features as sleeping porches and bracketed gable ends. The home below, with its emphasis on the horizontal, complete with the long expanse of porch and the large overhanging eaves could be called Queen Anne Meets Prairie Style. It is one of many lovely homes located on South Center Street.

The "California Craftsman" house below is on Eustis' main corner, just across the street from City Hall and the Eustis Art Museum. It has hints of "Greene and Greene" and would be just as much at home in Pasadena as in Eustis.

Below is another "Florida Prairie Style" home, also on South Center Street, quite near First Presbyterian Church.

Eustis' historic district is well worth a drive or better yet a leisurely walk, but it is somewhat difficult to stop and admire these homes as the streets are narrow and most of the people in Eustis seem to be in a hurry. One wonders why, when there is so much to see and savor.

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