Garden Street Victorian Cottage

  • $195,000
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329 Garden St, Macon, GA 31217, USA
Featured For Sale

Garden Street Victorian Cottage

329 Garden St, Macon, GA 31217, USA
  • $195,000

Description

The Garden Street Victorian Cottage is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, house with 1,668 square feet of living space sitting on a double lot totaling 0.45 acres. It is approximately 150 years old, having been built circa 1870.  It retains nearly ALL of its original trim, siding, bead board, lathe & plaster walls, wavy-glass windows, original heart pine floors (in near perfect condition!) a large utility room, a large family room with the original bay window seat, attached to the open, airy kitchen.  While every effort was made to maintain the original aspects of the house, the huge kitchen and bathrooms are completely modern, with top-of-the-line custom cabinets, tile, granite, and stainless steel farm sink, dishwasher, and stove hood.

The restoration includes even the doorknobs and back plates and bronze hinges on each door and the original window locks on all of the windows.  Every bottom window sash opens.  Every door completely closes.

The exterior of the house has also been completely restored.  Every chip of lead-based paint was removed from every piece of exterior siding and trim, all the way down to the bare wood, which was carefully sanded before coating, so the siding looks as it did 150 years ago when the house was originally constructed.  Because of Macon’s subtropical, somewhat humid climate, even the highest quality exterior paint does not hold up very well over time.  For this reason, I deviated from typical historic renovation practices by coating the outside of the house with Liquid Ceramic, an aluminum-based polymer that completely seals the wood and is guaranteed to last approximately 30 years.

The amenities offered by the house include the following:

All new electrical wiring throughout the house

Brand new 4 ton heating and A/C unit

All new plumbing throughout the house

Brand new roof with architectural roofing shingles

Refinished, original 150-year-old heart pine floors in excellent condition

Custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets

Custom genuine marble tile in bathrooms

Custom granite countertops in kitchen and master bath

Large utility room

All lead-based paint safely removed from the exterior of house

Outside coated with Liquid Ceramic, not paint – guaranteed for 30 years

All original doors and trim

All original bead board, wainscoting, and ship lap

All original refinished door knobs, knob plates, hinges, and window locks

Every bottom window opens

Every door aligned to completely close

Almost every glass pane is original wavy glass and each is glazed to last another 100 years

Custom paint throughout the interior.

Original fireplace mantles in two rooms, one with original tiles

3 bed, 2 bath, utility room, large family room and huge modern stainless steel kitchen

Master bedroom has private bath

Two original crystal chandeliers

Original fretwork in entry hallway

Double lot measuring 0.45 acres

I spent three years lovingly restoring this house, not for the purpose of generating a huge profit (indeed, my asking price is only slightly more than the cost of the renovation), but because I enjoyed the opportunity to bring the house up to its original splendor.

The restoration of many historical houses is guided by expediency and fiscal considerations.  In my opinion, these houses are not fully “restored.”

I restored this house to the extent it was renovated because my intent was to restore it completely. I wanted to take no “short cuts” to finish the house quickly and “get it on the market.”

I actually did much of the finish work on the house myself because the work of some contractors was not up to my standards.  I am the ultimate perfectionist (as I think you will notice in the photos). Some of the work done by me personally included: all of the scraping of exterior paint (this aspect took me an entire year to accomplish) all of the tile work, all of the interior and exterior painting, all of the refinishing of the doors and the trim as well as the doorknobs, back plates and hinges, carefully “glazing” each window pane using original glazing methods, sanding and refinishing all of the heart pine floors (there are four coats and 25 gallons on Varathane on the floors.  Indeed, they should last another 150 years.

The Garden Street Victorian Cottage is located in the oldest neighborhood in Macon – the Fort Hill Neighborhood established in 1823.  The Historic Macon Foundation, The Macon Arts Alliance, and The Knight Foundation have invested heavily in the neighborhood by renovating historic houses and a beautiful historic Community Center and eliminating blight.  The neighborhood is still in the early stages of revitalization, but it is on the upswing of new renovation projects.  The house is only ½ of a mile from downtown Macon and within walking distance of the Coliseum Medical Center.  A convenience center is being built nearby, but the Planning and Zoning Commission has guaranteed a significant barrier to be installed upon completion.

A large, beautiful historic church is merely one house away from the Victorian Cottage and adds to the historic ambiance of the neighborhood.  The house directly next door to my Victorian Cottage is a highly significant historical house called the Cutter-Green Mansion.  Historic Macon Foundation is currently reviewing proposals from investors desiring to turn this magnificent mansion into a bed and breakfast.  I have included a photo of the Cutter-Green Mansion below, just after the photo of the Victorian Cottage as it looked on the day I first purchased it.  Scary!

Macon is located in Central Georgia, which causes it to be somewhat protected from extreme weather, high temperatures, and the high humidity experienced in other parts of the South.  Macon is located 85 miles south of Atlanta and only 70 miles south from the Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport.

Macon is one of the few larger cities in the South bypassed by General Sherman in his destructive “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. As a consequence, much of Macon’s historic heritage has been preserved, particularly in the downtown area.  Macon has more nationally recognized historic districts than any other city in the South (Macon has 16, Savannah has 8, Charleston has 5).

Tourism in Macon is increasing at an incredible rate, especially since the entire downtown has been completely renovated.  Downtown Macon is home to many fine restaurants, music venues, and boutique shops.  Macon is also considered the “Music Capital” of the South.  It was home to the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, and Little Richard, and numerous other significant musicians.

If you are interested in seeing more of what Macon has to offer, the following websites are just a few describing the many reasons why Macon is a wonderful place to make your home.

https://www.maconga.org/things-to-do/history-lovers/

https://www.newtownmacon.com/powering-newtown/history-mission/

A cash buyer would be preferred.  Since the house is restored so extensively, there are no comps comparable to it.  It is my hope the house will be purchased by someone who will appreciate all of the careful attention to detail and will maintain the house in its current state of excellence.

Details

Property ID
288251
3
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
Square Footage
1668 sqft
Lot Size
0.45 acres
Year Built
Circa 1870
Style
Folk Victorian
Updated on May 3, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Address

  • Address 329 Garden St.
  • City Macon
  • State Georgia
  • Zip/Postal Code 31217
  • Country United States

Contact Agent

Shannon Perches
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