Charming, Elegant Neighborhood in Historic Midtown Savannah
The historic and elegant neighborhood of Ardsley Park has become a favorite among families and professionals for many reasons – splendid homes, tree-lined streets, wide sidewalks, as well as the beautifully landscaped squares. Combine those attributes with the desirable and convenient location of Midtown, and you have a neighborhood that has it all! Located just blocks from Daffin Park; a short 5-minute drive to historic downtown Savannah; and a 20-minute scenic drive to Tybee Island Beach – Ardsley Park offers both charm and convenience.
Savannah’s First Suburb
Developed as Savannah’s first automobile suburb in 1909 by Harry Hays Lattimore, William Lattimore (and other anonymous partners), the name ‘Ardsley Park’ was presumably borrowed from the aristocratic urban section of Yorkshire, England. If that is true, the Savannah version of Ardsley Park was aptly named. Impressive Belgian block walls mark the exquisite entrances to Ardsley Park, topped with lovely Spanish-style roofed pillars. Similar to the original plans of General James Oglethorpe for downtown Savannah, the neighborhood is laid out in a narrow 2-3 block wide strip running north south for just more than dozen blocks. Abercorn Street serves as the main artery, with 6 small park-like squares punctuating its typical city grid pattern.
Magnificent Homes for Savannah’s Wealthiest
For a period of nearly 30 years, Savannah’s architects designed magnificent homes in Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent (an adjacent subdivision). The distinguished home designs of this era were plucked from earlier architectural styles and traditions. Colonial Revival style became very popular – usually featuring a two story home, a side-gabled or hipped roof, a classically inspired door surrounded by windows, shutters and dormers. The exquisite details of these homes were reflective of the growing wealth in Savannah during the post-war era. While the intention was to draw wealthy residents from out of state, the neighborhood actually lured some of Savannahs wealthiest and most prominent citizens!
The Best of Savannah Real Estate
‘Ardsley Park proper’ began as a relatively small area, however, it has since grown to include the areas bounded by Victory Drive on the north, 55th Street on the south, Bull Street and Waters Avenue on the west and east. Due to the popularity and prestige of this historic neighborhood, many dispute what is considered ‘true Ardsley Park’ and what is ‘adjacent Ardsley Park’. Regardless of the exact borders, this neighborhood is a true gem, and is considered one of the most highly regarded within city limits amongst locals. In 1985, Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent were named to the National Register of Historic Places under the collective name of ‘Ardsley Park’. This neighborhood exemplifies the charm of Savannah’s late 19th and early to mid 20th century architectural styles and represents some of the best of Savannah real estate. From quaint craftsman style bungalows to glorious mansions, the average home prices in Ardsley Park are in the mid 400’s.
Walk-Friendly and Dog-friendly Community
Within walking distance of Ardsley Park, in adjoining neighborhoods, you’ll find terrific restaurants quaint boutiques, and great shopping. And just a few short blocks away, is one of Savannah’s largest and well-known parks, Daffin Park. This wonderful park hosts a variety of activities complete with baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts and playgrounds, as well as a swimming pool, pavilion and a lake for fishing. Daffin Park is an oasis for people of all ages – and if you have a 4-legged companion, bring him as well! The dog-friendly park offers plenty of shade, water and space to get great exercise.
If you’re not up for walking and would rather jump in your car, you’ll find golf, historic tours, museums and theater and watersports are just a short distance in any direction.
One of Savannah’s Hottest Neighborhoods
For some Savannah residents, Ardsley Park is the only place they would call home. In fact, The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce refers to Ardsley Park as “one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods favored by young professionals and families.” Additionally, the area was recently named “Best neighborhood to live in” by Savannah Magazine. With all the charm, character and personality that Ardsley Park exudes, it’s no wonder it is one of Savannah’s most sought after neighborhoods!