February 01, 2022

A rare midcentury Vision-Aire home is now for sale in St. Petersburg

Only a baker's dozen exist, but an extremely rare piece of Florida history is currently on the market in St. Petersburg.

Known as Vision-Aire homes, and nicknamed "Bird Cage houses" for their unique airey design, the home is just one of 13 built by the late celebrated Florida architect Glenn Q. Johnson, whose work can still be found at the St. Pete Beach Library, the North Shore Aquatic Center, and the Pinellas County Judicial Building, among other well-known structures.

Designed specifically for Florida's balmy weather, Johnson's Vision-Aire homes were inspired by dwellings he came across during a WWII tour in the Philippines. The homes were almost always positioned to face southeast (to better catch the breeze), and feature large, multi-storied screened in patios and overhangs, concrete floors, and interior walls built as jalousies for better airflow.

Located at 749 69th Ave. S, in St. Pete's Bay Vista Park neighborhood, this particular "Bird Cage" was built in 1954, and features an addition completed by Johnson himself in 1967.

The  2,122-square-foot home comes with two bedrooms, and two bathrooms, as well as cedar panelling, a vintage rosewood Cado wall system, and plenty of upgrades.

The current asking price is $650,000 and the listing agent is Matt Buttner of List Now Realty.
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A rare midcentury Vision-Aire home is now for sale in St. Petersburg
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A rare midcentury Vision-Aire home is now for sale in St. Petersburg
Photo via Zillow
A rare midcentury Vision-Aire home is now for sale in St. Petersburg
Photo via Zillow
A rare midcentury Vision-Aire home is now for sale in St. Petersburg
Photo via Zillow
A rare midcentury Vision-Aire home is now for sale in St. Petersburg
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