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I was thrilled when Nancy and George Corbett owners of Lamb Manor let me know their home WON the Wall Street Journal HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2015!
I fell in love with and did a post about Lamb Manor early last year when it was on the market for 3 million plus. In March 2014 Wall Street Journal featured Lamb Manor as House of the Day and it went on to win House of the Week. It never lost momentum. WSJ’s 52 homes had over 600,000 votes by their readers crowning Lamb Manor House of the Year 2015! Congratulations to Nancy and George Corbett!
The Corbett’s are elated they won and I could not be happier for them.
The house is a Queen Anne style mansion the Corbett’s bought for $1 saving it from being demolished back in 2006.
Then they moved the home by floating it on a barge from Palmetto to a beautiful private retreat island lot on Little Manatee River in Ruskin Florida.
Here she is in 2006 before being restored floating across the Tampa Bay making headlines with the local Florida Fox News station. The cost to ferry was around $250,000.
The House of the Year 2015 Lamb Manor
This is a beautiful restoration story and I think part of the reason the house won the hearts of readers to be House of the Year 2015. Some 2.4 million dollars were spent to fully restore the home including the interior filled with 1900s antiques.
They added on to the home that originally had 4 bedrooms and 3-1/3 baths. You can get the best look at all the restoration work The Corbett’s did by viewing the Before and After video below. This House of the Year 2015 is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant homes in America.
Some highlights about Lamb Manor:
Private beach on the 5.2 acre lot.
In addition to the home they made this dreamy 5 foot deep lagoon that has a waterfall and palm trees.
HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2015:
- The home and its 60 foot tower were built in 1910.
- Including an adorable two-story guest house, it now has 8880 square feet.
- 7 bedrooms.
- 6.5 baths.
- 5 kitchens.
- 5 fireplaces.
- 4 story birdcage type elevator.
- Movie Theater.
- Game Room.
- Exercise Room.
- 3rd floor Master Suite has a fireplace and waterfront balcony.
- Guest suite with fireplace and waterfront balcony.
- 4 car Carriage House.
- 5 bay storage building.
- Boat yacht.
The 4th floor tower is for fun with a monkey and jungle theme.
Enjoy the restoration before and after tour. This is before she had a grand staircase and upper balconies.
The Corbett’s who made their living restoring homes also have a large Christian retreat in North Carolina called Canaan Land. Their Lamb Manor retreat hosts five or six people at a time. The Florida estate has now sold for $1.15 million, less than the original asking price. Happily, a family that also runs a Christian retreat and wants to host missionaries and ministers in the Florida area bought the home with the Corbett’s blessings. That’s a match made in heaven.
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