Savannah’s Historic District is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. It is also the largest center for Southern Hospitality in the country as well. Comprising more than 20 city squares featuring museums, churches, mansions and even forts from the Revolutionary and Civil War eras, the landscaped square islands are also dotted with fountains and monuments. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon or a lifetime.
Cobblestone streets, manicured gardens and shady parks offer a respite from the modern day hustle and bustle. The Historic District is a hub for art, live theater, concerts, festivals, grace, charm and cafes offering southern comfort food or gourmet cuisine.
Geographically the Historic District of Savannah runs from River Street on the north to Gwinnett Street on the south. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard is the western border and E. Broad Street is the eastern side border. Some of the most elegant 18th and 19th century architecture found anywhere in America abounds here. This is the home of the Savannah Film Festival and the largest St. Patrick’s Day festival in the entire country. The Historic District is conveniently located just twenty minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and about twenty minutes from one of the best beaches in the world, Tybee Island Beach.
There is something appealing for everyone in the Historic District. Take a walk in a park shaded by large oaks, do some shopping in a place where the highlight is not a food court, or stroll by the water on River Street, which not only offers daytime fun, but unlimited evening entertainment and dining. Water tours and land tours are available to while away some time and enjoy the scenery. All the modern day conveniences are centrally located in this place that decries a kinder, gentler way of living before people learned how to text.
Even the discerning tastes of Captain Rhett Butler could be satisfied by the wide array of antebellum townhomes, carriage houses and single family mansions featuring porches large enough for a garden party crowd, yet intimate enough where a couple can sit and sip mint juleps. Most of the single family homes were built during the 1700’s and 1800’s. There are never many properties available for sale in the Historic District, but a recent sampling showed a seven bedroom/seven bath, nine thousand square foot mansion for about 2.5 million dollars and a one bedroom/1bath condo for around $150,000 (and about any style or price you can imagine in between). If you are seriously looking to purchase a home, half the fun is just looking in this one of a kind neighborhood. All properties are so unique that trying to calculate a median price range is impossible. Frankly, my dear, how can you even put a price on elegance and charm?