On down south we go to northwestern Arkansas, where right about now the sight of the changing leaves and the sound of natural springs must be pretty majestic indeed. With today’s vernacular fixer-upper in Eureka Springs, I think it’s pretty safe to say that porches were on the builder’s mind some 130 years ago. There’s a story there, but you’ll have to read on to find out! And while you’re at it, learn more about why I think this home has southern hospitality written all over it.
Ever dream of relaxing on your front porch on a lazy afternoon? How about three levels of them?! With this home you can hang out with friends on your porch of choice or get a little privacy and claim that “penthouse porch” all for yourself. Those wood railings may have seen better days, but I’m sure that’s nothing for the ever-resourceful DIYer in you!
“THE TOWN THAT WATER BUILT”
With a motto like that, you know there’s a story here (and what a great story it is!). Eureka Springs, as you may have guessed, is made up of a number of natural springs – 63, in fact. Tales of healing powers from Native Americans transformed the area into a health resort for white settlers after the Civil War, and some visitors stayed in boarding houses just like our hardy fixer-upper. All those porches start to make sense, don’t they?
AT HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS
The rustic feel continues inside the home with wood beam ceilings and dark wood floors. That’s over 2,200 square feet of coziness built in! I love the amount of natural light all those windows let in and how it opens up the house to the natural beauty of this resort city. There’s definitely a lot of room here for someone with an eye for bringing this ol’ girl back.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
This home is nestled in the trees in the Ozark Mountains, and I really love how natural stones are used to create terraces on this sloped property. Sure adds to the rustic feel of the place! The entire downtown is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so while you’re fixing up your own little piece of Eureka Springs history you could soak up some inspiration from other Victorian-era boarding houses nearby. As you’ll see, there are lots of porch-happy homes to be found here!
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AUTHOR AMANDA DAVIS
Amanda is an historic preservationist living in New York City with a particular fondness for fixer-uppers. She can be spotted checking out quirky historic details here, there, and everywhere in her handmade dresses. Every time Amanda sees a cozy room with large windows and beautiful built-ins she can’t help but imagine her very own sewing nook with oldies music playing in the background.