Charm, character, and atmosphere are making historic homes a hot commodity in today's real estate market. Unfortunately, this also makes them hard to find. With their tall ceilings, vast ballrooms, wraparound porches, and arched doorways, Atlanta's historic homes encapsulate history with an added southern flair. Take a look at some of the metro area's historic finds:
1. 581 Kennesaw Ave.
Standing out among rows of Victorians, this Antebellum home in Marietta will make even the most content homeowner green with envy. Named the Oakton, its beautiful original hardwoods, 13 foot ceilings, his and her closets, and a dream kitchen are some things that make this historical home a show piece. Nestled on almost five acres, the impressive grounds include breathtaking gardens designed by a Scottish gardener, a resort style pool, and an outdoor kitchen. Built in 1838 on the Cherokee Indian Trails, this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior features original items such as Anaglyptic wallpaper shipped from England, 20 carat gold leaf gesso molding, seven working fireplaces, claw foot tubs, a formal study, and a Juliette balcony which overlooks the stunning gardens. While the interior of this home is enough to entice any buyer, the exterior is the true showstopper of this historic home. Featured in Southern Living magazine, the outdoor oasis is as luxurious as the inside. The Alabama field stone fireplace which is surrounded by stone seating, a cast iron swing, and a canopy of gorgeous hickory trees, make entertaining here a must. The hen house, smokehouse, and vegetable gardens provide the perfect space for farm-to-table cooking. Oakton is the epitome of luxury, charm and Georgia history. Photo: Beachum & Company Realtors
2. 386 Pylant Crossing Road
A classic colonial is elegant and often hard to find. This southern belle located near Augusta, is settled on 14 acres of land. The grandiose columns and lapboard wood siding are original details to this historical gem. Its architectural details make this historic home, a one of a kind. The home is also listed in the National Register of historic places. Photo: Wilson Realtor
3. 136 Taylor St.
Nothing compares to the grace and charm of a Victorian home. This crisp, white beauty is the epitome of southern charm. Its Corinthian columns and gorgeous wraparound porch beg for a relaxing swing and glass of sweet tea. It's priced at just under $250,000 and contains over 4000 square feet of space, making this the perfect home for any growing family. Photo: Americus Board of Realtors
4. 504 Emory Circle
Built in 1931, this brick bungalow may look quaint, but with 5 bedrooms and a new second floor addition, there is plenty of room to make this listing the perfect home for any buyer. Located in the sought-after Druid Hills neighborhood, location is just one of its many impressive details. Previously owned by two architects, it has the best of historic character and modern day conveniences. For storage, the owners capitalized on any opportunities for extra space, like a custom-designed large shoe bench storage nook nestled under the stairs. The butler's pantry has been updated to maximize storage capacity. Original amenities such as the sun-filled breakfast nook, built-in bookcases, and the screened-in porch turn this historic home into a dream home. The outdoor porch off of the kitchen offers views of the soaring 100-year-old hardwood trees in the backyard oasis. Photo: Palmerhouse Properties
5. 1748 N. Pelham N.E.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom classic Tudor is the perfect combination of adorable and regal. Located in the heart of Morningside, it is close to shops, restaurants, and the Farmers Market. Built in the 1930's, the home has all the character and charm of a historic home, and all the updates and ease of a modern house. Photo: Georgia MLS