c. 1820/1836 in Lexington, GA $495,000

This amazing property was built in 1820 and is proudly located above the gorgeous Lexington Highway about 17 miles from Athens. It is situated on 1.9 acres of land and is shielded by southern gardens. A majestic federal front was renovated in the Greek Revival style in 1836, and an attractive veranda was added in 1911 to further soften the appearance of the building. Current work on the property’s rehabilitation includes installing nine-over-nine handcrafted wood windows and shutters on the front elevation. A gravel driveway will lead you to an outbuilding that is excellent for storing automobiles, as well as a private backyard that is completely walled in and contains a chicken coop, raised vegetable beds, and fruit and nut trees.

This home is just 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Athens and the University of Georgia and is located in the Lexington Historic District, making it an easy walk to the extremely well-preserved built environment of this town, which was founded in 1806. The main floor is characterized by its elegant major rooms. Details from the period include mantels, pocket doors that open and close, and heart pine hardwood flooring. Among the historic lighting fixtures is a bronze chandelier that hangs in the entryway, and a dining room fixture that is credited to Waterford.

Guests are greeted in the spacious center hall, which features an attractive staircase. Moreover, the original federal closet stair has been preserved to improve circulation. The formal dining room has the capacity to host parties of any size and is accompanied by a butler’s pantry and utility room for added convenience.

These service spaces lead directly into the recently renovated kitchen, which features a fireplace, a gas stove, and Fisher & Paykel drawer dishwashers. The main floor primary suite features a walk-in closet that is lined with cedar, a refurbished historic bathroom that has a clawfoot tub, which is a rare in homes that were built during this century, and a private dressing room. An owner’s study or sitting room can be found right next to the suite on the main floor. This spacious room has the potential to either a nursery or a fourth bedroom depending on your needs.

Two additional en suite bedrooms can be found on the second floor, and these rooms share an elegantly designed stair hall that can also function as a sitting room. This layout allows for flexibility while still preserving the separate and distinct spaces that are essential to the building’s historic character.

The most recent restoration work, which included the laborious restoration of the original color scheme from the federal era, was directed and supervised by a well-known preservationist. New heating and air conditioning will be installed in 2020, and a new roof and paint will be applied in 2022. An incredible opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest in one of the region’s most stately residences that is representative of its era and style.

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