A tiny historic Tampa home is selling for $379K

The 388-square-foot bungalow built in 1910 is in the heart of Hyde Park.
A historic 388-square-foot "shotgun cottage"in Hyde Park is on the market for nearly $379,000, according to Zillow.
A historic 388-square-foot "shotgun cottage"in Hyde Park is on the market for nearly $379,000, according to Zillow. [ Courtesy of Harvey Petty ]
Published Nov. 7|Updated Nov. 7

A 1910 bungalow about the size of a two-car garage is on the market for $379,000.

The 388-square-foot historic home is situated in Tampa’s Hyde Park and is one of the last remnants of a Black neighborhood known as Dobyville from the city’s segregated era.

It has one bedroom and one bathroom and boasts a 10-foot ceiling and rich pine wide-plank flooring. “Small in size but big on impact and potential,” the Zillow listing said.

The house at 423 S. Orleans Ave. is a shotgun cottage, an architectural style developed in Louisiana and considered one of the first “tiny home” models.

The home is protected by Hyde Park’s historic designation, which added parts of Dobyville in 2023, helping preserve the legacy of the once-thriving Black community with it own churches and businesses. It was largely dismantled by the construction of the Crosstown Expressway (now known as the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway).

With rising condo developments and townhomes, Keller Williams realtor Harvey Petty said finding freestanding homes in Hyde Park is becoming more difficult.

“Being able to get an independent home for that price, that close to Hyde Park is an anomaly,” Petty said.

Despite its small size, Petty said, the location of the property gives it great value. It’s not only walking distance to the Hyde Park Village shopping center, but it’s also close to Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa.

The home was last sold in 2002 for $108,000. The owners listed the property in 2014 for $199,000 but later took it off the market. It’s been used as a rental fetching about $1,300 a month, according to Zillow.

Now it’s back on the market, and Petty said it’s already attracted a range of buyers, from first-time homeowners to people wanting to downsize.

“We’ve had lots of interest,” Petty said. “I’m showing it four times today alone.”