This Charming Bungalow in Mobile’s Historic Garden District Is For Sale–And We're In Love
The Morgan Ford house is the picture of charming Southern architecture. Built below the well-established oak trees in Mobile, Alabama’s Oakleigh Garden Historic District, this home is enjoying a breath of fresh air after a recent renovation that brought the circa-1906 home into the 21st century, while keeping an eye on its past.
The 2,400 square-foot home, which is listed by Circa Homes for $440,000, is an craftsman bungalow style home with a wide center hall stretching between the spacious front and back porches. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an expansive, modern kitchen, plus a hidden laundry room tucked behind a bookcase. Scroll through the photos below to see this beautifully restored home.
Though not a massive home, the Morgan-Ford House has a grand front facade, with large rectangular columns and a unique geometric patterned porch railing.
The large front porch has been beautifully restored to its former glory, now the perfect place to welcome guests or simply enjoy all to yourself.
A notable feature of many historic homes, this house was built with a wide center hall design, optimizing airflow in the summer and allowing rooms with fireplaces to be closed off and kept warm in the winter. Two original elements that were priorities of the homeowner to maintain and restore are the original transom windows and the stunning pine floors.
The original, smaller kitchen was combined with an existing back porch to create what is now a 21st century chef’s dream kitchen. The space features modern appliances and an impressive amount of storage and countertop space.
The dining room includes one of the home’s four original fireplaces, and is separated from the living room by a set of original pocket doors, a highly desirable feature in historic homes.
The living room today is not much different from how it first looked in the early 1900s. There’s another original fireplace, this one surrounded by green glass tiles.
The fireplace that was originally in the master bedroom was relocated to the back porch in order to accommodate a larger bed most contemporary homeowners are used to. The existing closet was also relocated, the door to which became the headboard for the bed.
The large screened-in back porch is optimized for outdoor living. There’s room for a seating area plus a full dining table, perfect for meals prepared in the well-equipped outdoor kitchen.