This Grand Victorian Home in Savannah Is Full of Southern Charm and Dreamy Architectural Features
You can find stunning Victorian-era homes all over the country, but we think some of the finest examples of the historic architectural style are found here in the South. We may be a little biased, but the over-the-top details like those on this Savannah gem read more grand and welcoming than their imposing and stoic peers to the north.
Built at the height of the Victorian era in 1898, this house at the corner of East Gordon and Habersham streets has all the charm you’d expect from a turn-of-the-century home, with an idyllic setting among Savannah’s famous live oak trees to boot. And on a coveted corner lot, the wrap-around porch provides a spacious outdoor living area for entertaining or just rocking away while overlooking Whitefield Square across the street.
With just over 2,000 square feet of living space, 401 E. Gordon Street is currently on the market for $709,000, listed by Janet Miller of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty. Click through for a tour of the whole house.
A Grand Southern Home
In the heart of Savannah’s downtown historic district, this home has retained all the charming details associated with the era when it was built, including the steeply pitched roof, gingerbread-esque wood detailing, and wide wrap-around porch that takes advantage of a prime corner lot in the city.
Friendly First Impression
The natural stained double front doors really pop against the muted yellow and green exterior, as well as the haint blue porch ceiling. This property has fairly tight quarters with its neighbors to the right of and behind the house because when it was built, they were all owned and occupied by the same family.
Maria Beytagh-Sexton paid for the house next-door at 403 E. Gordon Street to be built in 1891 following her husband’s sudden death after they had already purchased the land and drawn up house plans. Maria’s brother later purchased the deed for the corner lot as well as the lot behind it but sold them back to his sister, who built the two houses that sit there today.
The formal front parlor sits just off the main entryway, separated by the original pocket doors. Impeccable woodwork abounds throughout this home, from the floors to the mantels and trim work.
121 Years of Entertaining Experience
The front parlor flows into a second formal entertaining room, which functions well as the dining room since it’s connected to the kitchen. The golden chandelier in the front parlor is dated to when the house was built and has been restored to keep shining for another 121 years.
The kitchen and attached breakfast room fill the back section of the house, complete with floor-to-ceiling storage and modern stainless appliances. The contemporary upgrades make this house functional for 21st-century inhabitants without disrupting any of the original architectural features.
The staircase floats unsupported for some stretches as it winds between the first and third floors, accented by a hand-carved railing and spindles that showcase more of that Victorian-era detailed woodwork.
On the second and third floor are 4 bedrooms, and there are 3 full bathrooms in the house as well.
Every single room in this house has a fireplace, including the kitchen. Each features a uniquely shaped wooden mantel and stunning tile on the hearth and surround. Even though Savannah’s weather stays fairly mild year-round, this house will never leave you wanting for warmth—or ambiance.