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Exclusive: Waterfront mansion in South Hillsborough sold


Hillsborough County’s storied Dickman family has sold off one of its waterfront mansions for $5.55 million.

A Midwestern buyer closed on the 6,619-square-foot home on Dickman Island’s North Island Boulevard on Thursday, said Jennifer Zales, an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. A deed has not yet been filed for the transaction, and Zales, who represented the seller, declined to disclose the buyer.

Jill Helgren of Century 21 Jim White & Associates represented the buyer.

Click here to see inside the home.

The Dickman family has been one of the largest landowners in South Hillsborough County since the turn of the century, and the family began dredging the island in the 1960s and 1970s. The entire island was put up for sale earlier this year, as family members were looking to downsize. The Island Boulevard estate was built in 1983, according to Hillsborough County property records.

Tampa Bay’s luxury housing market has been gaining strength for years, but this sale — and a few others before it — represent what Zales thinks is the beginning of a trend for South Hillsborough County. Another home in that area recently sold for north of $2 million.

“This is the first time in years and years we’re seeing the $2 million barrier broken,” she said.

Much of the interest is driven by job growth in the area, including the new distribution facility and the new hospital under construction in nearby Riverview, which is exposing more people to South Hillsborough County.

“Apollo Beach has some of the best waterfront in Tampa Bay,” Zales said.

The transaction marks the first time a non-family member or friend of the family has owned a home on the island, Zales said. The home was on the market for 103 days — not long at all for a home at that price point. Driving interest in the property is a forthcoming helipad, for which Zales said building permits had been secured.

“That was a very short time,” she said. “Sometimes homes in that price range can be on the market for years.”