Three Beautiful Historical Homes for Sale in Washington, GA
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.
Since I recently moved back to Georgia, I decided to seek out three beautiful homes for sale in the historical town of Washington—one of my all-time favorite places.
A Columned Beauty: 100 Water Street (aka “Pleasant Shade”)
Asking Price: $547,700
Source (lots more photos here!): Georgia Realty Sales
Historic Washington, Georgia must be one of the most impressive historical Southern towns, complete with oak-lined alleys and famous names from Georgia’s past. Luckily for us, there are many antebellum-columned beauties for sale for us to drool over. Take this example. Built around 1790, this Greek Revival house stands proudly among Southern magnolia and oak trees.
This house blends the Federal and Greek Revival styles beautifully. While the outside looks like a Grecian temple, the interior features the original center hall plan on the lower and upper floors. Its fluted columns that grace the front porch are so massive they dwarf the main entry door. The columns and other parts of the house’s exterior are built of cypress, one of the most long-lasting and rot-resistant woods in historic construction. So, the house doesn’t just look solid—it really is. In typical Southern fashion, the interior features high ceilings, hardwoods floors, and tall, triple-hung sash windows perfect for catching the summer breeze.
This fifteen-room house contains almost as many fireplaces. There is even a ballroom in the rear of this house. The current owner will offer many nineteenth-century antiques separately if the new owner is interested. This house almost seems too good to be true—but I promise, it is!
From the listing:
In a home on this site, built in the early 1790’s, was born in 1806 the famous physician, Louis Alexander Dugas, whose history and attainments are recorded on a historical tablet on the premises by the Georgia Historical Commission.
Standing majestically as if gazing down the old lane towards Town, solemnly reminiscing the ever changing landscape…. this Greek Revival mansion has stood watch and presides gracefully still, as the town folks come and go, time passing with every sunrise and sunset… watching as other beautiful homes have sprung to existence near by , yet “Pleasant Shade”, so named after one of the previous owners ancestral homes in Virginia, holds firm to its own unchanged, pristine world within the private confines of its 1.39 acre grounds of mature plantings, magnolias, oaks and broad landscaping possibilities.
Massive fluted columns (the largest in Historic Washington, Georgia) grace the front and are constructed from enduring virgin bald cypress from the Augusta cypress swamps built to last forever, as is the remaining exterior of the home, also of the same enduring cypress! Carefully renovated, approved principles of historic restoration, including appropriate paint colors and surfaces have been maintained. Federal elements of the original 1798 structure were left intact when the 1840-1860 renovation was accomplished.
Upon entering this grand old home, one is truly transported “back in time” with wonderful architectural features, huge pane windows, soaring ceilings and a simple, lovely ascending staircase. There are center halls on both levels and mantled fireplaces in most every room. A spacious grand ballroom spans the rear of the home. Boasting approximately 5,244 Square Feet there are 15 rooms not including the wide center halls up and down.
Many prominent and interesting people have called this place home: the Wingfields’ (James who is believed to have begun the house came from Virginia in the early 1780s with his brothers John and Thomas), Charles Bolton (a wealthy merchant who purchased the home sometime in the early 1800’s and added the upper story) In a newspaper column it was stated that the Bolton sons were great sportsmen “and one never seemed to pass the place without seeing horses, grooms and stylish vehicles” The side door under the small portico was called “the riding door” , Rev. James B. Dunwoody added the columns in 1860 (a Presbyterian minister who performed the wedding ceremony for Miss Bullock and Mr. Roosevelt, the parents of President Theodore Roosevelt, it was home to the Abram Franklin family in the latter 1880’s and at the turn of the century home of the Fielding Hill Ficklen family. John Callaway in the early 1900’s and others along the way….
The current owner has lovingly called ” Pleasant Shade” home for some thirty (30) years along with her collection of outstanding antiques. A lifelong collection of discerning nineteenth century furnishings will be separately available to the next owner should they be interested. Pleasant Shade is nestled along one of the towns main historic Avenues within walking distance of the Historic Town Square, Shops, Museums, Restaurants, Cafes and the oldest public library in the state. Historic Washington, Georgia is steeped in HISTORY and CHARM located an easy drive to Athens, Georgia (40 miles west) and Augusta, Georgia (50 miles east)
A Fixer-Upper: 100 Water Street
Asking Price: $70,000
Source: Coldwell Banker Watson And Knox
If you want a historic home in an historic area but your tastes are on the more modest side, take a look at this house! Built in 1920, this Southern house, located in historic Washington, Georgia, sits unassumingly on Water Street. This one and a half story house contains five bedrooms with fireplaces and a basement with a separate entry, so the lower floor could be rented out for extra income. This house is flanked on three sides by porches.
It is being offered for a bargain price, though it will need some renovations, including an updated exterior paint job and new kitchen cabinets. However, this house offers so much architectural charm that—should you take on this project—you will no doubt be proud of the finished product!
From the listing:
This property is an older home with character. Lots of room and a Basement apartment for possible rental income. This could be your dream home with some TLC. The bones are there and the potential to finish this work in progress!!
A Gingerbread House: 513 Spring Street
Asking Price: $397,000
Source (lots more photos here!): Georgia Realty Sales
Built in 1868, this lovely Victorian sits on a corner lot shaded by oak trees and magnolias in historic Washington, Georgia. This house is move-in ready, making its low price all the more perfect. The exterior of the house features a front porch with Victorian architectural details. Its red roof (one of my favorite elements on historic houses) peeks through the trees that dot its spacious yard. Below the roof are a number of tall, Victorian windows, making its interior bright and cheery. The interior layout is bright and cheery all on its own due to its number of common spaces that blend seamlessly into one another. These rooms include a music room, library, sun room, dining room, and breakfast area. Each bedroom also has its own bathroom. To me, this sounds like the perfect house with no compromises—the lucky owner will get unbelievable historic charm with typical modern amenities and lifestyle.
If you are interested in living in a picture-perfect historic house, definitely check this one out!
From the listing:
Standing atop a small knoll on its large acre plus lot, this stunningly renovated Federal-Victorian home has a spirit of its own beckoning to all to come, rock & swing on her lovely porches, lounge on her private brick patios behind antique iron gates…. LIVE peacefully and with grace within her walls that evoke a sense of tranquility like none other. She is of exquisite beauty flowing with Elegance…
Very Bright and Airy with her Open Concept floor plan modified for Easy, Enjoyable Entertaining and an Everyday Relaxed Lifestyle!
Gorgeous architectural features abound from fireplaces with exposed early handmade bricks (6 Fireplaces total, all beautiful with accent lights to highlight the warmth of the exposed handmade brick) original large 4 pane windows (parlor front windows to the floor) , soaring ceilings, glistening random width pine floors, gracefully ascending staircase with original newel post to the inviting front door complete with side lite/transom surround and a wrap around porch adorned with the scrolls of lovely Victorian mill work mixed with Beautiful Federal features from its early beginnings. Shaded by mature oaks and magnolias, it is the perfect setting to enjoy Southern hospitality and the SIMPLE LIFE of Small Town living.
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.