Julian H. Lifsey, Jr., a Tampa lawyer, banker, and land developer began in 1951 getting involved in commercial real estate development. His land development came to public attention when he was involved in a then-spectacular $1 million transaction involving part of the 6,000-acre Boot Ranch north of Oldsmar in the mid-1960s. Also during the 1960’s and 1970’s Lifsey became a founding officer and director of Seminole Bank of Tampa and Tampa Federal Savings and Loan Association. He served both of the banks as an attorney. He was also the founding director of Enterprise National Bank of Tampa.
Lifsey then concentrated his development activities on and near Rocky Point Island at the north end of Old Tampa Bay. Lifsey, who had owned most of Rocky Point island split by the Courtney Campbell Causeway which at the time was mostly vacant land and dusty shell roads. In the 1970s, Lifsey and Specialty Restaurant Corporation Founder David Tallichet traveled the world in Tallichet’s restored B-52 bombers in search of unique restaurant concepts for Rocky Point and eventually signed long-term leases. Lifsey and Tallichet signed leases for Crawdaddy’s, Whiskey Joes, Castaways and the Rusty Pelican.
After the success of Rocky Point Island and four successful restaurant ventures with Specialty; Lifsey then turned his focus to residential development. In the late 70’s and early 80’s Lifsey developed Pelican Island. Pelican Island is a gated, deed restricted community of 87 homes in Tampa, Florida. It is a peninsular shaped neighborhood protruding into Old Tampa Bay with a single entrance which is located on the northeast corner of the community and a cul-de-sac on the west end. There are 55 waterfront homes and 32 interior homes. The northwest and west sides face the Pam Callahan Nature Preserve, a 150 acre nature preserve surrounded by natural mangroves. Home values range from approximately $500,000 - $2,000,000.
Lifsey was also the developer and creator of the Happy Fiddler Condominium Resort on Indian Rocks Beach, FL.
After undergoing heart bypass surgery, Lifsey died of an unrelated cause on September 20, 1989, at the age of 72.
In September, 1992 University of South Florida’s presidential home was named after Lifsey. Lifsey made the gift for the construction of the presidential residence. The “classic contemporary antebellum” structure was designed by architect Gene Leedy.
In 1971 completing his education at the University of Florida, Julian Stanford Lifsey Sr. returned to Tampa working in the construction industry, obtaining his contractors and real estate broker licenses.
In 1976, following completion of Law School at South Texas College of Law J. Stanford Lifsey son of Julian returned back to Tampa and served as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting criminal cases from 1976-1980. After four successful years in the State Attorney’s Office Stanford partnered with his father and formed Lifsey PA in 1980 to practice law side by side and continue with the family’s real estate interest.
Since the passing of his father, Lifsey then form J. Stanford Lifsey, P.A. the boutique Law Firm specializes in Real Estate Law, Family Law and Corporate Law. In addition to his legal practice Stanford manages the family’s real estate portfolio while also pursuing many other investment opportunities in the real estate market. As a licensed builder Lifsey invested in and constructed residential housing through-out the Tampa Bay area over the past 20 years.
Spending 2001-2003 in the Sports Marketing field with International Championship Management in New York City Julian Stanford Lifsey Jr. son of Stanford and grandson of Julian was presented an opportunity to come back to Tampa and work in the real estate industry with the President and CEO of Smith & Associates Real Estate, Inc. Stan worked directly with the President and CEO to develop the Developer Services’ corporate vision and implement strategic initiatives to be the leading brokerage firm for new developments in Tampa Bay. Stan also worked with regional, national, and international developers locating development sites and bringing innovative developments to Tampa and the surrounding areas generating revenues of over $1 Billion in transactions over a six year period.
In January 2009 Stan had an opportunity to partner with his father and create Lifsey Real Estate & Holdings, Inc. The Tampa based firm is focused on acquiring and brokering troubled real estate assets and defaulted loans. Additionally, the firm is committed to identifying unique acquisition opportunities and providing equity for new development projects throughout the Southeastern United States.
In August 2009 the firm partnered with Frantzen Capital Management, Inc. in forming Frantzen Tampa Bay Property Fund, LP. The partnership invests in distressed residential real estate in the Tampa Bay area. The Partnership is purchasing bulk portfolio’s of residential properties directly from banks, wholesalers, and brokers via all-cash transaction. Once we have acquired the homes we are implementing a rent and hold strategy over a 4-6 year term. The partnership currently owns over 30 properties.
For the past six decades the Lifsey family has built established relationships throughout the local, foreign and domestic real estate community. Along with an in depth knowledge of the local marketplace these strategic relationships are the cornerstone for the family and the success of any venture they enter into.