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Historic Savannah

Beautifully Preserved Historic Neighborhoods

Savannah is a city that captures the essence of southern charm, grace, and beauty. The Historic District of Savannah is the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks weeping with Spanish moss. Walking through the city is the best way to take in the magnificent architecture and beauty of the historic squares the town is famous for. The twenty-four squares are lovely green spaces that go hand in hand with the city’s unhurried pace. Each square is named for an important person or event in Savannah’s past, commemorated by a statue, monument, fountain, or occasionally a grave.

Georgian, Greek Revival, and Gothic Style Homes

Savannah is well known for its beautifully preserved historic neighborhoods. When James Oglethorpe, founder of the British colony of Georgia, arrived in 1733, he had already devised plans for the city. It was laid out on a grid with development built around twenty-four squares. The squares he designed are beautiful, restful green spaces that align with the city’s unhurried pace. Most of the original squares remain and are surrounded by fine examples of buildings in the Georgian, Greek Revival, and Gothic styles.

Experience the Arts, the Rich History, Festivals, and Southern Hospitality

Unlike many other Southern cities, Savannah survived the US Civil War without being destroyed. Today, Savannah has the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States – filled with a rich history with museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras. Savannahians take pride in the southern charm of their city, which is why there are ongoing projects to preserve the remarkable architecture.

As a resident of the Savannah Historic district, you’ll be able to experience everything this spectacular city has to offer – art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants, and Southern hospitality at it’s finest! Saturday mornings at Forsyth Park you can find a farmer’s market, complete with fresh produce, a singing farmer, and a tight-knit community feel. Locally owned boutiques and big name retailers reside in the restored historic buildings on Broughton Street, giving it a time-honored, southern sophistication.

Sought After Historic Neighborhoods

The Historic district is bordered on the north by the Savannah River and Savannah Harbor, on the east by the Truman Parkway, on the south by Victory Drive and on the west by West Boundary Street. Two of the most sought after neighborhoods are the Landmark Historic District, which stretches from the Savannah River to Forsyth Park (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), and the Victorian District just to the south, which is made up of houses with beautifully detailed, gingerbread trim. Along the riverfront, you’ll also find condos and townhouses offering spectacular views.

Savannah’s Midtown area stretches from Victory Drive south to DeRenne Avenue and is bordered on the east by Waters Avenue and on the west by Bull Street. This area includes the very popular Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent, with homes dating back to the early 1920’s and 1930’s and the adjacent Baldwin Park neighborhood.

Elegant Homes from the 18th and 19th Centuries

Historic District homes mostly date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and feature the architectural styles of the period. These distinct residences usually come at a high price – with renovated properties reaching upward of $3 million. But if you’re interested in restoring a property to it’s former glory, you can purchase a diamond in the rough, between $500,000 and $900,000, or opt for something smaller, like a two-bed, two-bath condo in the Historic District costs around $275,000 to $325,000.

As a resident of Savannah’s Historic District, you’ll get to spend your spare time the way vacationers spend theirs! It’s one of the leading vacation spots in the U.S., and is alive with creativity, art, culture and theatre. While some come here for vacation – you can choose to stay for a lifetime!

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