Calling All Southern Hostesses: This Historic Mobile Gem Is an Entertainer’s Dream
Set among the low-hanging oak trees of Mobile, Alabama’s historic district, the McCoy-Donlon estate is an impressive property in an unrivaled location. Currently listed by Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty for $849,000, this circa-1873 home is a prime example of brilliant renovations that have maintained the historic integrity while bringing the home into the modern era. The house is larger than its slim facade implies—with 6,750 square feet of interior space plus a spacious back courtyard, it is a dream home to host and entertain in. The best of the home’s original features are still in place, from the floor-to-ceiling windows and tall ceilings to the beautiful mantel pieces and pocket doors. But previous owners have also modernized the home, making sure it’s as comfortable to live in now as it was 145 years ago. Take a look inside this stunning historic home, below:
The two-story Italianate townhome makes a stunning first impression. Low-hanging oak branches and palmetto trees frame the front of the home, which is accented by the stately double gallery, bay window, and sweet balcony.
Take a closer look at the wrought iron lace work that adorns the railing and ceiling trim of the porch. The patterned floor and grand wooden door are just two other impressive historic details this home boasts.
The entryway has a clear view through the entire length of the house, giving you a better idea of just how large this home is. As you enter the foyer of the home, you’re greeted by the staircase’s intricate banister and the formal parlor on your left.
The front parlor is a formal sitting room accented by an ornate chandelier, original molding, and ample natural light coming through all the tall windows. Gorgeous 10-foot pocket doors connect the room to the adjoining room, which serves as a second parlor or library.
Ready to Entertain
The current owners have a permanent bar set up in the second parlor area, demonstrating how great of a space for entertaining this Alabama home is. Transom windows and original brass hardware adorn many of the home’s interior doors.
The dining room is the home’s third formal entertaining space and also features a statement-making chandelier, thick molding, and one of the home’s many fireplaces. Through the doorway on the right is a convenient and spacious butler’s pantry, which connects the dining room to the kitchen.
The open kitchen is one of the home’s more contemporary additions. The chef’s kitchen features ample cabinet storage and countertop space, high-end fixtures, and stainless steel appliances.
The home’s three large bedrooms are upstairs, each with its own fireplace and en suite bathroom. The expansive master suite includes large closets, built-in cabinetry, a soaking tub, and double shower.
Old Meets New
To add more square footage to the home, an enclosed breezeway was constructed along the side of the house on both levels. Modern, large windows let in plenty of natural light while the original exterior brick of the house remains uncovered, adding unique texture to the home’s design.
While the front facade of the home has retained its old-world charm, the back of the house really exemplifies the modern additions the previous homeowners have made. The raised deck makes room for both an outdoor seating area (complete with fire pit) and enclosed sunroom, providing several more casual areas for entertaining or just hanging out as a family