Southern Charms: A Beautiful, Affordable Victorian in Hartford, Alabama
by Meghan White.
Ah, that sweet, old fashioned charm of yesteryear. No where is it more apparent than in the beautiful old homes found throughout the American South. Join Meghan as she shares her favorite Southern real estate finds.
This Victorian is located in the small town of Hartford, Alabama. Though it is in need of caring owners to help fix it up, one can tell by looking at photographs that the house is an architectural gem—and a total steal at just $79,000!
102 S Second Ave, Hartford, AL 36344
Asking Price: $79,000
5bed/3ba Victorian home located 1 block off the town square in Hartford. Lots of potential! Parlor doors, tall ceilings, large trim, tons of square footage. The upstairs was not part of the original house, but was added during the current remodel. New wiring and plumbing. Kitchen is partially finished. A lot of sheet rock work has been done. 0.85 acre lot, on Hwy 52 w/ additional small house and detached garage.
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From the exterior it is easy to envision how grand the house looked when it was first built in 1904. The slender pillars settled on brick bases, the irregular gabled roof, and delicate iron fence surrounding the property are typical characteristics of a late-Victorian house. The interior is just as beautiful. Many of the windows feature came glasswork that offers just the right amount of architectural embellishment while still allowing light to penetrate through. Much of the fretwork adorning some entryways and mantels have remained, fortunately. The elegant craftsmanship of this house is clearly discernable in all of its rooms. This house will make for a fun rehabilitation project!
AUTHOR MEGHAN WHITE
Meghan is from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied history and art history at Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University & College of Charleston’s joint graduate program. She loves living in a city where tangible history is everywhere. Charleston is also the first city in which she can claim a historic property home—she currently lives in a converted stable and carriage house from the early nineteenth century. When not battling the humidity and palmetto bugs, she works at the Aiken Rhett House, a historic house museum with a “preserve as found” philosophy. Meghan is enthusiastic about advocating for the architectural and historical importance of auxiliary structures after uncovering the likely original appearance of George Washington’s horse stable at Mount Vernon through an internship and her Master’s thesis. She hopes one day to own a Queen Anne fixer-upper where she can live her days reading in its turret.