Southern Charms: The Stark Mansion
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 gorgeous Neo-Classical home, located in Pike County, Missouri, about an hour from St. Louis, had me reminding myself to push aside that little green monster who kept rearing its head as I wrote this, because in truth, I want this for myself! Alas, I cannot keep this special home to myself, so I will share it with you.
14944 Highway D, Louisiana, MO
Asking Price: $1,050,000
Source (lots more photos here!): Tom Anderson Real Estate
Constructed around 1869, the two-story brick structure sits on a grassy lawn that is a small part of the 86 acres attached to this house. The acreage includes woods, tillable land, and a stocked pond for all of the fishing you’ve wanted to do. It was beautifully renovated in the 2000s. Both the exterior and the interior maintain original architectural features, including redwood flooring, pocket doors, and windows. In true Neo-Classical fashion, the windows to this house are ginormous, practically reaching from the floor to the ceiling twelve feet above. The house has modern amenities, such as an updated kitchen, two laundry rooms (because who needs just one?), a geothermal heating system, and updated electric and plumbing. It even includes a stone basement that will keep your wine collection at the perfect temperature. One of the most special features of this house, in my opinion, is the little curved balcony on the landing of the main stairwell. Other structures on the property include a brick barn, brick carriage house turned into a garage, and a stone silo.
Can’t you just imagine yourself sitting on its front porch, looking at your manicured lawn and many dozens of rolling hills that have barely changed since the Civil War? Just remember to invite me for a glass of sweet tea once you move in.
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.