October 22, 2021

Tampa Heights' iconic hostel Gram's Place is now for sale

Here’s a chance to own a 30-year-old slice of BOTB-winning Tampa history before a developer gets its hands on it. Tampa Heights’ iconic Gram’s Place Hostel—located at 3109 N Ola Ave. in the shadow of this historic Woodlawn Cemetery—is now on the market for $689,000.

Founded in 1991 by Mark Holland and named for cosmic-country songwriter Gram Parsons who was born in Winter Haven, the entire estate includes two properties and the operating business that sleeps 27 people.

During a 1989 trip to Amsterdam for a ceremony honoring Parsons, Holland (who died in 2007) stayed in a hostel for the first time. The experience was inspirational.

Today’s Gram’s Place hostel includes two 1940s homes—the Ola and Plymouth houses connected by a wooden walkway—features five music-themed rooms, three dorm-style rooms, a treetop perch, a sweet pool and bar area, one hell of a new coat of paint outside, plus all the charm you’d expect from what’s truly one of the last bastions of quirkiness in the rapidly-changing neighborhood.

CL’s been in touch with Bruce Holland who’s been running the hostel for a decade-and-a-half, and we’ll update this post after we have a long talk about the property.—Ray Roa

Photos via Loopnet

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Tampa Heights' iconic hostel Gram's Place is now for sale
CL Staff

Tampa Heights' iconic hostel Gram's Place is now for sale
CL Staff

Tampa Heights' iconic hostel Gram's Place is now for sale
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Tampa Heights' iconic hostel Gram's Place is now for sale
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Tampa Heights' iconic hostel Gram's Place is now for sale
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