How many of you will only go on vacation if you can stay at a cool old house? Right, me too! I like to think of traveling as an opportunity to live vicariously through someone else’s marble mantel. Which is why I spent hours scouring AirBnb to bring you 20 beautiful, historical rentals in Georgia that are just waiting for your lustful eyes. Next Tuesday: Same obsession, different state! All photos courtesy of AirBnb.
ABOVE: 2ND FLOOR SUITE, VICTORIAN ON 34TH
A two-story Victorian built at the turn of the 20th century. All stories are fit with hardwood floors and 12-feet-tall ceilings. It features a fun, checkered-tile kitchen (with stove, microwave, sinks, refrigerators, rice cooker, toaster, coffee makers, etc.) that you’ll have full access and use of, dining room, living room with a sofa and plush chairs, washer/dryer/clothesline, fenced-in back yard with a BBQ and fire pit, and a wide southern-style front porch.
CARRIAGE HOUSE APARTMENT
Quaint Carriage House Apartment located on the grounds of La Maison Blanche, one of the most photographed mansions in the historic Ardsley Park section of Savannah. The carriage house is just steps away from buses and a short walk to a bicycle rental shop. We are just 5 minutes (by car) from Forsyth Park and the historic downtown area or 5 minutes away to the local malls and stores. The Carriage house is fully furnished with period furniture and many antiques. It includes a bedroom with queen size bed, living room a full kitchen and bath with a clawfoot tub and shower. There is also a laundry room down stairs. We are located on Washington Avenue, one of the most beautiful residential streets in all of Savannah. There is plenty of free parking. We are GLBT friendly. and good news for those of you that can’t take a break from the internet, we now have Wi Fi!
HISTORIC SILAS FULTON HOUSE
Savannah, $80/night (Update as of March 2nd, 2016: NO LONGER AVAILABLE)
If you’re visiting Savannah to take in the architectural history and beautiful, historic district, why settle for a mediocre stay in a cookie-cutter, crackerbox hotel? Come to the Silas Fulton House and enjoy the resplendent beauty of the season in your own private 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA historic cottage, furnished in Savannah Southern charm. Bustling with amenities, the Silas Fulton house, built in 1860 and listed on the GA Historic Register, is at the heart of everything and located in the exclusive Jones Street district, referred to as “one of the most beautiful streets in America” by Southern Living magazine. Nestled between Lafayette and Whitfield Squares, the Silas Fulton House features original 1860’s architecture and includes a jetted stone spa, planked floors, stained glass, tin roof, gorgeous, original woodwork and yes – its very own ghost. Artistically furnished with charming antiques, and within blocks of Savannah’s main attractions, including Forsyth Park, River Street , Flannery O’Connor’s house and the Juliette Gordon-Lowe Home. And, it’s pink with the ever-appropriate “haint blue” porches and ceilings, the Gullah-Geechee tradition of keeping evil at bay.
LUXURY 2-BEDROOM APARTMENT ON THE PARK
This is a two bedroom / one bathroom unit in a newly renovated triplex built in 1908. Original windows, molding and fireplaces (decorative now). Large lot with a fenced in backyard. Fully equipped kitchen, coffee maker, large farm style dining room table. This home is great for casual entertaining with friends and family. Fun Fact: This was Vince Vaughn’s house in the new movie “The Internship.” Keep a look out for it if you see the movie!
HISTORIC HOME WITH GREAT ENERGY
I love my little house and am so excited to share it with you! Built in the late 1860’s, it was one of the first homes to emancipated slaves after the Civil War. This house has terrific energy and you can feel that it’s had a lot of happy inhabitants in the past 150 years. My place is located on a beautiful street in the Historic District, just blocks away from restaurants, bars, live music, museums and historic tours. Tybee Island, Bonaventure Cemetery, Fort Pulaski, Wormsloe Plantation, Skidaway Island, Whitemarsh Island, and the Isle of Hope are fifteen minutes away or less, depending on traffic.
<THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
This charming, intimate Savannah vacation rental is located just steps away from beautiful Forsyth Park, and offers 1 BR/1BA. It is uniquely appointed with a dramatic skylight in the bedroom suite, original subway tile throughout the kitchen, shower, restroom, solid inlaid oak doors with transom windows, decorative hardware and a private doorway to the shaded Zen garden. This-one-of-a-kind Savannah vacation home may be rented in addition to the main house, for weddings, family reunions, etc. This home is small and cozy, approx 700 Sqft.
VICTORIAN MANSION ON HUNTINGDON
This grand 3 story home is an architectural gem. The painstaking restoration of this 1865 residence has created a splendid opportunity to enjoy the special character of Savannah in your own private fashion.Four bedrooms,three full baths and two half baths. Relax or entertain in style.Plenty of off street parking eliminates downtown parking headaches.Spacious rooms with great antiques yet comfortable furnishings. Historically recognized,as one of the finest examples of Second Empire Architecture, in all of Savannah.Beautifully appointed,with many authentic architectural elements,like brass thresholds,massive doors and moldings.The Master suite features a large iron poster bed and a Jacuzzi. Tile bathrooms and new central heat &air make this a very comfortable alternative to typical downtown lodging. The interior is as unique as the exterior and features many collectibles
GORDON ROW HISTORIC HOME C. 1853
Experience the charm and southern hospitality of Savannah whilst residing in a historic home dating from (phone number hidden) W. Gordon Street, adjacent to Chatham Square, is perfectly located to explore the historic sights of Savannah. A block away from the splendor of Forsyth Park and withing walking distance from all the major attractions in historic Savannah.
HISTORIC FIVE POINTS HOME
Our beautifully renovated historic home is in the heart of Five Points and the perfect place for UGA football weekends. Walk to UGA, restaurants and more. The house has been restored in historic splendor with original heart pine and maple floors, ten foot ceilings and extensive molding. There is a master bedroom on the first floor with a large glass and tile bathroom with a claw foot tub. Two additional bedrooms have a queen size bed and twin beds and share a full bath. Upstairs there is a large bedroom with a glass and tile bathroom adjacent to a large media room with 55’ flat screen with surround sound. The beautiful dining room seats up to ten and the fully renovated kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops and large breakfast area.
GORGEOUS EARLY 1900S CONDO
The condo complex itself was built in the early 1900s following a unique pan-era architectural style and has two 3-story buildings facing each other, with a beautifully landscaped courtyard in the middle. FUN FACT: this unit was recreated exactly to serve as the home Katherine Heigl’s character in the movie Life As We Know It. Right on the border of picturesque Virginia Highland and vibrant Poncey Highland, the location is really unbeatable — the heart of *real* Atlanta. There are a ton of great restaurants, boutiques, nightlife, parks, grocery stores, libraries, coffeeshops, etc all within distance of a pleasant walk down our tree-lined streets. And anything you want to go to that’s not in walking distance is usually pretty close (typically within 5-10 minutes driving).
HISTORIC APARTMENT BY FORSYTH PARK
Situated in the heart of the historic district of Savannah, this apartment is on the garden level of a home built at the end of the 1800s. Recently remodeled and renovated, the apartment features new appliances, brand new air conditioning for those warm Savannah days, and stylish furniture and art. Just two blocks from Forsyth Park, the apartment is close to the Saturday farmers market, all the historic squares, and only one block from the famous Jones Street. The location has the perfect benefit of being close to all things in the historic district (everything is within a few minute walk) but on a quiet street lined with trees covered in spanish moss. Access to all the restaurants, nightlife, and sightseeing is basically at your front door.
CHARMING DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH SUITE
The house was built in 1915, and was later converted into three units. This spacious one bedroom apartment is at the front of the house and on the first floor. It also has the best front porch access — good for sipping sweet tea in the rocking chair and taking naps in the hammock. The bedroom is separated from the living room by an original sliding door that comes out of the wall, and a floor-length curtain. Interesting fact: the bathroom is long and skinny because it was a stairwell before the house was split into units!
LOS ROBLES, SAVANNAH GRACE
Los Robles is a premier, private “Hospitality Residence” in Savannah, Georgia. Los Robles is the historic Savannah home of a late nineteenth century rice baron with elegant and graceful public rooms on the first floor and comfortable sleeping rooms on the second floor. Shared baths and Wi-Fi are available throughout the house. Hosts Robert and Richard serve an elegant continental breakfast buffet daily (8:00 to 9:00 AM). Los Robles features the Spa at Los Robles, a dedicated area of the first floor specializing in Massage Therapy and Body Scrubs. Los Robles is well-situated in the historic Thomas Square District of downtown Savannah, about seven blocks south of Forsyth Park, and is close to all that beautiful and gracious Savannah has to offer.
HISTORIC HOME WEST TAYLOR STREET
Historic home off Chatham Square is located in the heart of the historic district and a block away from the splendor of Forsyth Park. Each bedroom has cable TV, air conditioning. In addition parking is complimentary. Guests may enjoy the privacy of 19th century home whilst having access to the facilities of the Inn next door including complimentary homemade breakfast. We are ideally located within 15 minutes on foot of all the main attractions that Savannah has to offer. Forsyth Park and Mercer House are less than 5 minutes away on foot. On the Southern food front we are a 5 minute stroll away from Mrs Wilkes!
1854 TOWNHOUSE & 19TH CENTURY CHARM
A pre Civil War Federalist masonry construction row townhouse that was updated with a balance of modern comforts and 19th Century style furniture and decorative art. Location is in the Historic District exactly midway between River St. and Forsyth Park.The attached walled courtyard is great for relaxing with privacy. Significant attention to detail was expended in maintaining a sense of the original style and charm of the property. I spent many hours spent searching flea markets and antique malls for Empire and Duncan Phyfe decor. There is one queen and two single beds to handle four adults and a fifth foundation and mattress stored for another. A pack and play is also provided for an infant.
GORGEOUS ROOM NEAR DOWNTOWN ATHENS
Private first-floor bedroom in craftsman home close to downtown Athens, GA. A block from Daily Groceries Co-op, Big City Cafe and Avid Bookshop. Enjoy a full kitchen, dining room and back porch made for reading and birdwatching. The house features a fabulous collection of works by local artists, fine furniture and a beautiful garden. Heavy curtains in the room allow guests to determine how much light they let in to a great degree. Comfortable chairs and hammock on the back porch and lawn provide ample space to enjoy the outdoors.
HISTORIC PRIVATE LOFT
This is a third floor loft in an 1890 Historic Row home in the heart of the Historic District. Beautiful private space –soaring beamed ceiling,comfy double bed with views of the city. Ever wanted your own private pool table? It is here !!! Stay in an historic home in the heart of the Historic District–Spacious private/ loft–Full private bath and Kitchenette (full size refrig., micro, coffee pot, toaster) sofa and chairs, TV, breakfast table and a Brunswick pool table– you heard that right!!
LAURA’S COTTAGE, REDFORD FILM SPOT
Historic 1799 guest house with original heart pine floors, walls, and ceilings, Laura’s Cottage sits in the heart of the historic district in a small private urban woodland. Within easy walking distance to River Street, restaurants, SCAD theatres, museums and shopping, this unique space is an oasis of quiet. Superb antiques, original region artwork, Gullah sweetgrass baskets and oriental carpets grace this authentic period building. Live in history. Over 1000 square feet of unique charm, the cottage was used in the filming of Robert Redford’s film The Conspirator, as well as being a favorite with local ghost tours. It has been on the Tour of Homes and you will not find another space like it in Savannah. If you want to experience an authentic sense of place with top amenities, Laura’s Cottage is for you.
TRUE ARTIST LOFT SOUTH OF DOWNTOWN
Always loved that beauty from open space and exposed brick? This building has a rich history and the loft was designed and thoughtfully developed by artists, for artists. If having a place all your own is your idea of comfort while out of town than this is for you. Come and enjoy the intown elegance a true historic artist loft space can offer you. You just may never want to leave…
SANCTUARY PLACE VICTORIAN HOUSE
The Victorian at Sanctuary Place was built in 1888 for Dr. Joseph Glidden – a prominent Savannah physician who sat on the Georgia Board of Health. It eventually became the parsonage for the adjacent church and was primarily student housing for the ten years prior to being restored in 2010. The Kitchen, and baths were replaced and upgraded for modern needs – crown molding and plantation shutters were added to fit the period It has 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, plus a queen- size convertible sofa in the living room. Both beds are queen and there is a trunk room that makes for a large closet on the second floor. The Victorian has been thoughtfully appointed and is well stocked with essentials. A side door leads to a lovely courtyard with a fountain, outdoor seating and a gas grill. This historic location is convenient for exploring Savannah by foot or car and a very short walk to Forsythe Park and several local favorites.
AUTHOR ELIZABETH FINKELSTEIN
Elizabeth is the founder of CIRCA and a practicing writer, architectural historian and preservation consultant living in Brooklyn, NY. Elizabeth has loved historic houses for as long as she can remember, having grown up in an 1850’s Greek Revival gem that was lovingly restored by her parents. Elizabeth, her husband Ethan and their beagle Banjo remain on a relentless hunt for their perfect “Thanksgiving house.”