Savannah – Ardsley Park – A Few Favorite Homes

Savannah, GA – Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent Historic District – Took a trip to Savannah last month, and finally ventured out of the historic downtown area!  Heading south of downtown, I visited Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent, two adjacent, but very distinct neighborhoods.   Ardsley Park was laid out as one of the first automobile neighborhoods in the early 1900s, and has a grid pattern with small squares similar to downtown Savannah.  Chatham Crescent is also a 100 year old neighborhood, it’s got a series of circular parks and is laid out in a Beaux Arts style that was very popular at the time.  It’s just east of Ardsley and a good bit bigger, around 174 acres.  These neighborhoods are definitely worth a visit when you’re in Savannah!

There’s a good variety of homes throughout the area, and I found several ivy-covered homes that caught my eye.

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It’s such a change from the older historic parts of Savannah, with many fine townhomes.  And the trees – live oaks with Spanish Moss, it’s said that about 5,000 trees were planted in Chatham Crescent when it was laid out.  More ivy here!

Ivy

This one caught my eye right away.  Built in 1910, it’s got so much curb appeal!  This grand home, La Maison Blanche, was designed by architect Olaf Otto built around 1913.  This one is for sale and the pictures of the interior are equally impressive.

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One thing I loved walking around this neighborhood was the variety of homes – and the different colors.  Here’s one that caught my eye right away:

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The ivy covered houses always get my attention – and I had to stop and get a picture of this one!

Ardsley Ivy

Now this is one big house here, impressive columns!  This one was built 1910 and is just over 5,000 square feet.

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After the hustle and bustle of downtown Savannah, this neighborhood is quite a contrast.

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There are beautiful old homes everywhere you turn in these neighborhoods!

 

Savannah’s First Automobile Suburb

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Yes, another ivy covered house.  I just couldn’t get over how many there were in Ardsley Park!

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As always, thanks so much for coming along on this neighborhood tour!  Appreciate you reading the blog!

 

 

Great Cottages and Bungalows

Candler Park Bungalow
Candler Park Bungalow

As much as I enjoy looking at the big old houses around Georgia, the cottage and bungalow is another form of house I really like.  And I’m a sucker for a great front porch!  Be it a raised cottage, craftsman bungalows, etc – I love the variety!  Here are some that I particularly enjoyed over the last few months, and several photos I haven’t had a chance to publish before.  It’s hard to find one particular style that I like best, I can appreciate them all.

Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow
Great front porch on this Greenville bungalow

Now the Victorian Cottage – and the many varieties of it, are always favorites to see.

Victorian in Washington, GA
Victorian in Washington, GA

Another great one in Candler Park, check out that porch.  So much potential here.

Check out that porch!
Check out that porch!
Raised cottage style near Eatonton
Raised cottage style near Eatonton

Even famous cottages, like FDR’s Little White House at Warm Springs are a treat to see.  You can check out the previous post on this for a full tour of the property and grounds.

Little White House in Warm Springs
Little White House in Warm Springs

Circa 1840
Circa 1840 in Madison, GA

And of course summertime means beach time for many folks, and the beach cottage style is always a favorite!

Tybee Island
Tybee Island
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever...
This may be my favorite beach cottage ever…

The variety of old cottages and bungalows around Georgia is just amazing.

Now that's a serious front porch!
Now that’s a serious front porch!
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison
Great Victorian Cottage in Madison

One of the trends in the 1920s-1940s was to build much smaller homes than in the past.  The Tudor style cottage below isn’t large, but has some big curb appeal!

Tudor Cottage near Emory University
Tudor Cottage near Emory University

Hope you enjoyed taking a look at some different bungalows and cottages that I’ve seen around Georgia.  Thanks so much for checking out the site – I appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tybee Island – 10 Favorite Homes

Tybee Island – Summertime is beach vacation time for many of us, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite old homes on Tybee Island, which used to be known as Savannah Beach.  Stayed on the north end of Tybee on my last trip, and had a chance to really check out the Historic District around Ft. Screven and the Lighthouse.  There are some great historic homes all around here! From a tin roofed cottage, to a big old house – Tybee has it all.  Sun, sand, and historic homes – let’s go!

Taking a morning walk, had an opportunity to take in the homes on Officers Row.  They all have a very similar floor plan, and were mostly built in the late 1800s.  This first house has been converted into the Surf Song Bed & Breakfast.  You can check out their website, which has some great pictures of the guest rooms here.

Circa 1898
Circa 1898, now a B&B

All these homes have huge front lawns, and a sidewalk that connects them.  They all have a great view of the water!

Tybee Island
Tybee Island – Officers Row

They just keep going and going!

Love all the American Flags
This one has that historic look, so I’m including it! Love all the American Flags

Moving inland from Officers Row, the homes may be a little bit smaller, but just as charming.

This cottage - love this!!  Check out the trim on the windows.
This cottage – love this!! Check out the trim on the windows.
Great vacation rental!
Great vacation rental!

I love screened porches – probably because I’m a mosquito magnet, and screened porches sure do help with that!

Love this porch
Love this porch

With this being a former base, it’s so nice to see that a lot of it has been reused and repurposed into homes.  This was the Enlisted Mens Mess Hall, which has been turned into a vacation rental, you can see some inside pics here.

Enlisted Mens Mess Hall, Now A Vacation Rental
Enlisted Mens Mess Hall, Now A Vacation Rental

Another B&B I walked by is the Lighthouse Inn, built in 1910.  Just love the look of this place!

Lighthouse Inn B&B, Built 1910
Lighthouse Inn B&B, Built 1910

I had a chance a while back to tour the Head Keepers cottage of the Lighthouse, and have a full post and inside tour of it here.

Head Keepers Cottage
Head Keepers Cottage

As we wrapped up a good long walk on Tybee Island, Leroy was keeping an eye on everything at the Lighthouse!

At Tybee Lighthouse
At Tybee Lighthouse

Wishing everyone a happy 4th of July weekend!  Thanks so much for reading the blog, I really appreciate it!

Tybee Island Lighthouse – Head Keepers Cottage Tour

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Tybee Island, GA – Since it was in the teens this morning, I thought we should head down to the coast and take a look inside the Head Keepers Cottage.  When I visited here it was perfect 75 degree weather!

This is part of the Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum, a great stop on the north end of Tybee Island.  A lighthouse, a compound of buildings circa 1900 and a fort overlooking the water – all fun stuff to me!  Yes you can climb to the top of the lighthouse too, it is 11,123,178   oops I mean 178 steps to the top.  But today we are going inside a cottage.

The Head Keepers Cottage was built circa 1881.  The Tybee Island Historical Society did some incredible renovations between 1999-2003 to show visitors how things were in the early 1900s.

Entering by the kitchen, I loved the old refrigerator – and the sign taped to it – “I AM OLD AND CREAKY AND COMING APART” – hey, I think I need that sign on me some days!

Icebox

Loved looking around the downstairs rooms and period furnishings.  I see things that remind me of my grandparents and great grandparents homes.  One thing I was curious about – why were the walls wood?  Where was the plaster?  And check out the vintage bathroom!

So why no plaster walls?  Turns out it HAD plaster walls at one point – but it is right next to the fort, which had large guns.  When they used the big guns during target practice, it cracked the plaster.  Thus the wooden walls.

Upstairs bedrooms:

Across the street in the fort is a great little museum that gives you an idea of Tybee Island throughout the years.  Really worth some time if you’re at Tybee Island, and the volunteers from the Tybee Island Historical Society show everyone some southern hospitality.