Your own nature preserve...
close to everything you love.

For information, call: (813) 357.9575 or email

Paradise Found.

Imagine no neighbors… water on three sides.

For Sale By Owner – $2.5 M

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Property Attributes

  • Deep .54 acre home site
  • 135′ of lake frontage
  • Adjacent to 3 acres of protected cypress preserve
  • 175′ boardwalk along nature preserve
  • 223′ dock with 16’x15′ sitting area, 12’x15′ gazebo, jet ski lift, and 10,000# boat lift
  • North facing onto 51 acre spring fed private access Lake Ellen
  • Built 1990/custom renovations 1997
  • 2 story red brick w white columns
  • 3 Bedroom/ Master on ground floor
  • 2 1/2 bath
  • 2 car garage with automatic garage door
  • Ample attic space above garage
  • Automatic gate
  • Circular paver brick driveway
  • Alarm system with infrared perimeter security
  • Lawn irrigation system w/ water drawn from lake
  • 200′ deep fresh water well
  • 15kw full house generator w/ 2,000 gallon LP tanks
  • Custom electrical panel to control all household lighting
  • Media room
  • Located just Inside Unincorporated Hillsborough County

Property Attributes

  • Fireplace w/ wood mantle
  • Wet bar w/ granite top
  • 21′ tall ceiling in Great Room w/ walnut paneling and walnut columns
  • Soaring windows on north wall to take in view of the lake
  • Beveled glass French doors
  • Custom hand painted murals above bay window sitting areas
  • Hand painted wall treatments
  • Refinished oak flooring
  • Master bath w/ matching marble counters, shower, jacuzzi tub, 13′ ceiling
  • Deep walk-in closet
  • Neo-antebellum back porch w/ 21′ columns
  • 17’x13′ Backyard fire-pit sitting area
  • Custom landscape lighting throughout yard
  • Solid mahogany double front door
  • Gold plated fixtures throughout house
  • Kitchen has granite counters, fridge, oven w/ warming tray, Jenn-Air grill stove top, ice maker, reverse osmosis water
  • Whole house water softener system
  • 50+ mature cypress trees on immediate property
  • 100’s more trees in the adjacent nature preserve
  • Outside boat shed and canoe rack

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History of Lake Ellen

For many years, the serene beauty of Lake Ellen drew weekend vacationers and local residents alike to its shores to enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings. The number of visitors swelled as neighborhood development surrounded the lake during the 1960’s and 1970’s. This 1975 aerial of the lake and its facilities located on the south shore, just off Lake Ellen drive, shows how busy a weekend at Lake Ellen Beach could be. (courtesy of the Tampa Tribune.)
Lake Ellen Beach featured many amenities, and one of them was a multistory dive tower located in the lake, pictured in 1979. The wood-frame tower was especially a hit with teenagers and anyone else who wanted to show the world (or at least other guests at the beach) the best cannonballs. (courtesy of the Tampa Tribune.)
While the most daring of individuals would plunge off the dive tower, those who wanted a little thrill without making (as big) a splash could shoot down this slide on the lake. Note the shoreline across from the beach was still largely undeveloped as of 1979. (courtesy of the Tampa Tribune.)
Lake Ellen Beach was perfect for those who wanted to refresh themselves in Lake Ellen’s clean water, but this weekend hot spot was also a popular place to enjoy a picnic or simply lie in the grass and soak in the sun, as seen in 1979. In the distance are the wooden dive tower in the middle of the lake and stands of cypress on the opposite shore. (courtesy of the Tampa Tribune.)
The diving tower at Lake Ellen Beach.

Did you know that 3165 Lake Ellen drive is the site of local Tampa history?

Before there was a Busch Gardens…  Before there was an Adventure Island…  There was only Lake Ellen Beach!

It was once a magical spot enjoyed by thousands…  and now can be your very own backyard!

Along the southern shore of Lake Ellen, at the end of Lake Ellen Drive, was the site of a secluded beach hangout spot popular from the 1950’s well into the 1980’s. This privately-owned water park attracted hundreds of local swimmers and picnickers every weekend.

“Lake Ellen Beach,” as it was known, offered a concession stand, pavilion, diving board, large water slide, and a multi-story diving tower. Lake Ellen is 54 acres of spring-fed relaxation, and people flocked to enjoy its cool, clear water and pristine undeveloped beauty. As the Carrollwood neighborhoods grew to surround it, Lake Ellen Beach sadly bowed to progress.

Today our striking modern condos next door still retain a small stretch of the sand of Lake Ellen Beach. The footbridge that connected 3165 Lake Ellen Drive to Lake Ellen Beach is gone but will be forever remembered by those who spent many relaxing weekends under the towering cypress trees.

For information, call: (813) 357.9575 or email