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Charming Craftsman Sensitively Updated

 

506 East 41st Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Charming Craftsman Sensitively Updated
Price : $294,500
Bedrooms : 4
Bathrooms : 1.5
Square Foot : 1,960
Lot Size : 5,400
County : Chatham
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1921
MLS Number : 112012



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Property Description
Welcome home to 506 E 41st Street, a charming Craftsman style home sensitively updated by the artisan owner over a ten year period. The excellent location, in one of Baldwin Park's favorite blocks, is in a true neighborhood setting with a strong and active association, a great diversity and wonderful cohesive attitude. You will also appreciate all the noteworthy details of the house, including the reclaimed marble coping from the massive 2004-2005 renovation of the Lane Morrison House on Gaston Street, which now lines each side of the path leading from the sidewalk to the front steps.

Enter the home through the solid front door, also reclaimed, which has six hand-blown glass lites reminiscent of old English houses and designed by the Drayton Glass Works. Notice the great open floor plan in the front living room and dining room, along with the clever built-ins and columns with recessed lighting and wired speakers for the sound system. Additional features include a living room fireplace, a great choice of colors, gorgeous original hardwood floors, picture molding and crown molding, beautiful wainscoting, a period chandelier, and stylish recessed lights throughout. The dining room also showcases an attractive fireplace with classic marble surround in the mantelpiece and handsome tile on the hearth. And, the whole house is aglow with natural light.

Continue to the cozy TV room, which could also be an office or den, and enjoys one of two pairs of French doors leading onto the screened porch. There is a downstairs powder room, nicely finished for the convenience of you and your guests. Adjoining is a laundry room/kitchen pantry area, which could also be reconfigured for a full bath if desired.

The great kitchen space, which has been enjoyed and used regularly for the past many years, has a nice view of the back garden. Fully functional as-is, or a wonderful opportunity to re-design the space to your heart's content!

Before heading upstairs, notice the creative use of the area under the stairs, as well as the stairway's nice Feng Shui as it does not face the front door. The hardwood floors continue up the stairs and into all four bedrooms. The first bedroom features the third fireplace and a refreshing ceiling fan. The cozy second bedroom on the east side of the house is a great kid's room or guest room. The third and fourth bedrooms are extra special as they can be used individually, or can be used as a combined bedroom/sitting room/office option. This also opens options for a master suite expansion with a private bath/walk-in closet configuration if desired. The updated upstairs full bath features subway tile walls and nicely tiled floors.

Outside, relax on the well done Ipe deck that wraps around and adjoins the screened-in porch on the east side of the house. The deck overlooks the inviting landscaped yard with a rock garden area of Black Mexican river rock accents providing a feeling of inspiration. You cannot beat the east facing screened-in side porch with traditional Haint Blue ceiling and refreshing ceiling fan...what a perfect spot to visit with your favorite neighbor. Also in back is the original historic one car garage, a great, sturdy storage option.

On a sixty foot wide lot, 506 E 41st never feels crowded, has great air flow and light, and is a private oasis in the much sought after lovely historic neighborhood known as Baldwin Park.

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Unique Circa 1853 Home on Historic Jones Street

 

213 East Jones Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Unique Circa 1853 Home on Historic Jones Street
Price : $1,100,000
Bedrooms : 4
Bathrooms : 3.5
Square Foot : 3,270
County : Chatham
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1853
MLS Number : 109358



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Property Description
Welcome to Historic 213 East Jones Street, a fully renovated semi-detached town home with a floor plan unlike most any other house in the Historic Landmark District. This beautiful home is surrounded by the Live Oaks and the cobblestones of Historic Jones Street, arguably the most beautiful residential street in America.

As you approach the exterior of the home, you will see the extra wide high stoop, with low stoop adjoining houses, allowing for extra privacy. This home offers interesting spatial qualities because of the porches built into the six foot wide passage. A true front porch, which is unusual downtown.

Enter the foyer to gleaming Heart of Pine floors and light on three sides of the foyer. Abundant natural light floods almost every room in the house. The wide hall and rooms on a full 30x100 foot lot allow for lots of space for extra seating areas not found in most Downtown Savannah homes.

The original Heart of Pine floors continue throughout this home, including the beautiful front parlor featuring the first of six gas fireplaces, a high ceiling with a lovely chandelier, and charming multi-paned windows overlooking Historic Jones Street. If you love fine antiques, this is the perfect setting to showcase your treasures.

The high ceilings continue in the separate dining room with the second gas fireplace, flanked on each side by two lovely built-ins with glass display cabinets.

Next you will see the nicely-laid-out kitchen made to live in with double French doors leading out to a wonderful deck and a beautiful courtyard below. Features include a built-in bookcase so your cookbooks are within easy reach, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, a breakfast area with bar, abundant cabinetry and a side door leading to the side porch built into the passageway.

As you ascend the staircase to the top floor, notice to the west are several access points to the six foot side passageway. The master bedroom includes a fireplace and adjoins a beautiful master bath built into a former sleeping porch area with lots of south facing glass, views of the Westley Monumental church spires, double vanities, a separate shower, a claw foot tub and a 15 light glass door leading to the top floor deck area. The front second bedroom features a lovely fireplace and lighted ceiling fan. There is also a top floor study that could serve as a fifth bedroom or nursery with a Jack-and-Jill bath between. Very few houses in Savannah have a room like this -- built into the passage -- making the front of the house four windows wide.

Back down and outside the kitchen, relax on the rear deck or descend the stairs to the spacious and private courtyard with brick patio, mature shade trees, lush foliage and ivy covered privacy walls. A decorative courtyard gate leads you to the parking area and the lane, providing plenty of room for three cars.

Downstairs is a two bedroom garden level apartment with cheerful front living room and fireplace, a spacious hearth kitchen with generous cabinetry and second fireplace, a Jack-and-Jill style bath between the two sleeping areas, and a door leading to the courtyard. This separate apartment offers opportunity for rental income, guests or an in-law unit.

Come see this inviting home located on one of the best blocks of Jones Street in Savannah's Historic Landmark District.

We invite you to contact us today for a private showing.

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Historic Hampton Lillibridge for Sale!

 

507 E. Saint Julian St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Historic Hampton Lillibridge for Sale!
Price : $2,400,000
Bedrooms : 5
Bathrooms : 3.2
Square Foot : 4,606
Community : Historic Landmark District
County : Chatham
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1796
MLS Number : 109024



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Property Description
The Hampton Lillibridge House is For Sale. Only three owners have lived here since the restoration and relocation of this famous Georgia National Landmark Property. Seeking applications from a special couple, family, or individual wishing to continue the long standing and loving stewardship and tradition-of-care for this rare circa 1796-1799 Gambrel roofed home which is beautifully situated on the best residential block of Historic Saint Julian Street at number 507 East.

Wonderful light and grace wait to greet you in this one-of-a-kind eighteenth century home which is freestanding and encompasses four stories plus a roof walk with views of the Savannah skyline and ships passing by on the nearby Savannah River.

On the garden level, the most comfortable and enchanting rooms were envisioned and accomplished. Exposed hand-hewn beams accent the ceiling, handmade antebellum bricks from the White-Redding Plantation give a warm inviting feeling to the walls, floor, and massive fireplace, and a glazed wall with French doors looks into the famous sunken garden created by historic home master craftsman, Jim Williams. A powder room and a wet bar give additional comfort on this level.

With a five bedroom floor plan, three full baths and two powder rooms, 507 East Saint Julian Street can accommodate a number of different lifestyle configurations. On street parking is abundant and with off street parking just outside the kitchen door, your teenager, in-law, or guest will enjoy the former Porte-cochere turned private suite with its own entrance below the kitchen and sunroom. This area would also make a great private office.

Above is a superb addition which expands the kitchen into the modern open floor plan so desirable for today's style of living. Light and airy, the space greets you with an expanse of east facing windows and an outdoor porch overlooking the garden below. With a front parlor, formal dining room, another wet bar, butler's pantry, and a cozy breakfast room, your choices for parlor level sitting and relaxing or entertaining are numerous.

Above the parlor floor is one whole level devoted to a master suite with an adjoining room that works well with its current arrangement for exercise equipment, media, and office space but could easily be used as a fifth bedroom, nursery, or occasional guest area.

On the top floor are the most splendid rooms for children or guests with light from dormers built into the gambrel roof and a full bath.

The Hampton Lillibridge House is only a few steps to numerous fine restaurants, the venues of the Savannah Film Festival, and the Savannah Music Festival as well as all the other amenities of downtown Savannah. This home is perfect for entertaining and enjoying the walking lifestyle that is only achieved by living in Savannah's National Historic Landmark District.

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Build Your Dream Home Steps to Forsyth Park

 

309 W. Bolton St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Build Your Dream Home Steps to Forsyth Park
Price : $120,000
Lot Size : 6,534
Community : Victorian District
County : Chatham
Property Type : Vacant Land
MLS Number : 101914



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Property Description
This is a great opportunity to build your dream home in this up and coming neighborhood just steps to Forsyth Park. This is a well-maintained, landscaped lot with plenty of room to build.

The new home across the lane is nearing completion and is looking wonderful. This is a nice opportunity in this South side of Bolton Street between Jefferson and Montgomery Street.

Come join this great neighborhood! Contact us today for more information.

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Circa 1852 Treasure in Savannah

 

333 Whitaker St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Circa 1852 Treasure
Price : $395,000
Bedrooms : 3
Bathrooms : 2.5
Square Foot : 1,752
Community : Downtown Design District
County : Chatham
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1852
MLS Number : 107937



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Property Description
333 Whitaker Street, circa 1852, the middle townhouse of a row, is one of three known mid-eighteenth century projects built by Master Builder, Adam Short. The others are 122 East Taylor Street and 207-211 East Jones Street. Adam's first works in Savannah were the gates and guard house for Laurel Grove Cemetery, which was probably what brought him to Savannah. Mr. Short's story has not yet been told, but we know he was a Free Mason, originally from Delaware.

This home, which has been modernized for today's lifestyle, is conveniently located in the Downtown Design District not far from the corner of Bull and Jones, which many of us feel is ground zero for the ideal residential lifestyle location in Savannah's Historic Landmark District. This row offers an old world charm. Live upstairs and rent the lower 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit or buy it as an investment. Originally built in 1852 for Julia Tucker, this historic home is a real treasure.

The facade of the home has an east facing bay window that was probably added in an 1894 remodel. Bay windows were all the rage in those Victorian days.

As you enter the front door, the garden level apartment door is to your left, and a stairway leads you upstairs. Enter to the parlor/living room with soaring ceilings, a spectacular bay window that illuminates with natural light, beautiful heart of pine flooring and lovely built-ins. This large bay window is the perfect space for a dining table, whether you are enjoying a meal or your morning coffee. It would also be a great place for a collection of plants.

Continue to the attractive kitchen that was completely redone in 2003/2004. The window above the sink overlooks your courtyard, and just off the kitchen is a charming back porch. Also on this level is the powder room, featuring bold red walls and a small closet housing the stacked washer and dryer.

A broad staircase takes you to the upper level, where you will find two bedrooms and a nicely appointed full bath. The front bedroom is currently an office and affords great views of neighboring architecture. It also features large closets, and the elegant Victorian fireplace surround in this room probably replaced an original 1852 mantle in the 1894 remodel. The rear bedroom offers access through French doors to a splendid private porch overlooking the courtyard and neighboring gardens.

The courtyard is accessed from a staircase off the back porch of the upper unit, through a rear gate on Charlton Street and from the back door of the lower unit. What a wonderful space to enjoy quiet seclusion in this beautiful courtyard surrounded by privacy walls and shaded by mature trees.

With so many features, including the highly desirable location, the wonderfully updated main home, and the separate lower unit that offers rental income opportunity, you will want to contact us today to ensure you don't miss your opportunity to own this historic home.

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Beautifully Renovated Circa 1870 Treasure

 

14 East 33rd Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Beautifully Renovated Circa 1870 Treasure
Price : $250,000
Bedrooms : 3
Bathrooms : 2
Square Foot : 1,804
Lot Size : 2,838
Community : Victorian District
County : Chatham
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1870
MLS Number : 106900



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Property Description
Welcome home to 14 East 33rd Street, located in a great Victorian District and built circa 1870 with 1920's improvements. Just a short walk to Forsyth Park, and literally steps to Arnold Hall just around the corner, not only is this historic home in an appealing location, it is also a beautiful renovation.

As you are welcomed to the home, you will notice the great landscaped off-street parking area. Nice fencing with a gate leads into the fenced back and side yards. Ascend to the covered front porch with solid masonry foundation and stately brick column details. What a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy your marvelous neighborhood.

Enter and behold the gorgeous, perfectly restored hardwood floors and wonderful natural light, both beckoning you inside. Double parlors and a very open floor plan make for excellent spaces for relaxing, entertaining or networking events. The spacious second parlor can be used as a formal dining room or additional space for relaxing, and it features a door leading to the side yard with beautiful original "wavy glass."

Just off this parlor on the way to the kitchen is a smaller dining or breakfast room with stained concrete floors. These fashionable floors continue to the awesome new kitchen, which has never been used! Highlights include stainless steel GE appliances, including a sensational French door refrigerator with dispensers, smooth surface range, built-in microwave and dishwasher, Corian countertops and recessed lighting. Also located on this level is the stylish first full bath.

Notice all the original wainscoting throughout the home. It is unusual and adds further interest to this historic 1870 treasure.

Ascend the stairs to the second floor where you will find all three bedrooms and the second full bath featuring double vanities. All three bedrooms showcase the rich hardwood floors and ceiling fans. The cozy third bedroom would make a great nursery or a home office, and also includes a door leading out to the upper level front porch. This South facing upper porch offers views of the neighborhood and church steeples ... what a great spot for catching the winter sun!

The backyard has been transformed and provides good year-round sun for gardening. You will appreciate the nice, simple landscape design, and the patio offers a great spot for a pergola or covered outdoor area!

All this and it's located in a charming neighborhood with a pleasant feeling, surrounded by lovely homes in good condition. Don't hesitate -- contact us today for more information.

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Historic Jacob Weis Commercial Bldg in Savannah for Sale

 

348 Martin Luther King Blvd
Savannah, GA 31404
Historic Jacob Weiser Commercial Building
Price : $339,000
Bathrooms : 2
Square Foot : 1,440
County : Chatham
Property Type : Commercial
Year Built : 1903
MLS Number : 10624



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Property Description

This historic Jacob Weiser commercial building was originally built in 1903 and handsomely rebuilt in 1922 when West Broad Street was booming.

Fully renovated in 2006. Basically a turn key property -- all the hard work has been done. New bar, granite counter, one bath up and one down. This parcel is potentially surrounded by Savannah's next great urban renewel area, in the best sense of the phrase. This is the most beautifully detailed building in this section of what used to be known as West Broad Street. A small gem.

Originally built as a one story shop, it seems to have had several alterations through 1922 when Jacob Weiser, a Jeweler, occupied it.

There are so many great features of this building, including the handsome exterior facade with decorative white tile bricks in a creative patterned detail above the original cornice, a private exterior courtyard area, vintage interior tin ceiling, large downstairs bar, and a very nicely done upstairs bar area. This upper floor can be used as a live music venue or secondary service bar. There is also a stage area for bands, performing arts or readings, or both floors can double as nice art gallery spaces.

Thomas Leather is next door to the south. Walk south to see Creative Approach's new location. They just held their grand opening September 21, 2012. You'd think you were walking into an Apple Store.

According to a 2005 study that can be found on the MPC (Metropolitan Planning Commission) web site, this section of MLK has a traffic count of 19,000 cars a day!

This area of what is now known as MLK has had lots of focus on it by city leaders. Universal Trading Co moved here from Franklin Square in 2012. The last General Hardware store in the landmark district, locally known as Thrifty's, is also here.

This is also a potential live/work opportunity ... commercial space downstairs with loft conversion upstairs.

We invite you to contact us today for a private showing.

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19th Century Italianate Monterey Square Townhome

 

9 West Gordon St.
Savannah, GA 31401
19th Century Italianate Monterey Square Townhome
Price : $1,995,000
Bedrooms : 6
Bathrooms : 5.5
Square Foot : 5,556
Community : Historic Savannah,
Monterey Square
County : Chatham
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1884
MLS Number : 106063




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Property Description
Welcome home to 9 West Gordon, an important 19th Century Italianate Townhome facing Monterey Square. This beautiful historic home has been lovingly restored with all the modern touches and amenities. Some of the impressive highlights include wonderful triple parlors, huge rooms, nine noteworthy fireplaces, beautiful original details, an open kitchen with island, elevator, screened porches, huge master, gleaming Heart of Pine floors throughout, garage and two additional apartments, great for extended family, guests or a small business.

The main house offers three bedrooms, two baths and a powder room; the separate garden level apartment offers two bedrooms and two baths; and the charming carriage house apartment includes one bedroom and one bath. Facing directly onto Savannah's most desirable Monterey Square and steps to Forsyth Park, this home is in the best location.

Immediately upon entry, the time-honored details of this gracious showplace transport you to a bygone era. The front parlor draws your attention to a high ceiling, vintage light fixture, impressive woodwork and captivating fireplace with exquisite wood mantle and surround. Enjoy all this plus a view of the square.

The heart of any home is the kitchen, and this sunny south facing gourmet treasure offers old world charm with fully equipped modern amenities. Some of the many highlights include the sizable island with seating, large pantry, pot filler over the stove, hood vent, wrought iron chandelier and refrigerator with cabinet front panels. Through an archway, and accentuated by charming brick walls, is the adjacent breakfast room for enjoying casual meals. Off the breakfast room is a screened porch, the perfect spot to sip mint juleps.

Continue to the formal dining room where gracious entertaining will be yours amidst the high ceilings, elegant chandelier, impressive fireplace and wood mouldings. This formal dining room, a Savannah tradition, is larger than most in the Landmark District due in part to the width of the rooms.

Retire to the third fireplaced parlor room that whispers, "relax" from the gorgeous wood floors to the soaring ceiling. The craftsmanship displayed in the fireplace surround and hearth is impeccable.

Ascend the grand staircase (there is another rear stair as well) to the upper bedroom level. Eye-catching details delight you on the way, including excellent wainscoting and beautifully polished floors. The master is a suite retreat boasting a fireplace, high ceiling, ornate chandelier, plenty of room for your king size and sitting room furniture, and private spa-like bath with whirlpool clawfoot tub, separate shower and extensive double vanity. This is one of the larger master bedrooms in the district, with extra space and light from the home's small ell bump out. The master also features a screened porch with a southern exposure overlooking Forsyth Park.

Both main house secondary bedrooms also include fireplaces, wood floors and high ceilings, and the second full bath includes a clawfoot tub. The front bedroom overlooks the square with great light on two sides. There is also a wrought iron balcony with the best views in Historic Savannah overlooking Historic Monterey Square. Pocket windows double as doorways without the need for swinging French doors.

Outside, relax in the storybook courtyard. This Savannah courtyard has been carefully managed with a secret drip system allowing for easy maintenance in all seasons. Here we have opportunities for gardening year round. Container gardening with a flare! Serenity is the mood of the enclosed loggia -- the perfect setting for a quiet afternoon of reading or visiting with friends. In summer evenings and throughout most of the year, families and friends gather round here to sing, laugh and share Savannah's southern cheer. This special outside room includes brick accents, a refreshing ceiling fan, recessed lighting and a rare historic soapstone sink, always enjoying a useful place in Savannah Townhomes, and this one is perfectly preserved. Savannah houses are on quaint lanes so bringing in groceries to the loggia's elevator makes it all easy-breezy.

Curb appeal galore and low-maintenance hard coat stucco finish over solid masonry construction makes this your home for once in a lifetime. Proudly standing amongst Savannah's most treasured Historic Homes, the completely restored 9 West Gordon Street has been a happy household ever since and has added to countless locals' and visitors' happy Savannah experiences. This is your rare opportunity to own a piece of Savannah History!

We invite you to contact us today for a private showing.

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