When Queen Victoria was crowned Queen of the British Isles and Ireland in the 1840’s, her legacy was more far reaching than just the reigning monarch during the potato famine. It was a large developmental time for her kingdom, including commerce, political changes and even the style of architecture that still bears her name. Her influence was felt as far away as the city of Savannah, whose Historic District was feeling the crunch of too many people, so the first suburb of this landmark city was created-the true Victorian District.
The Victorian District runs from the south side of Gwinnett Street to Anderson Street, and is bordered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on the west and Broad Street on the east. Every house in the Victorian District is within a mile or so of the river, a gathering place for tourists and permanent residents. It is considered one of the best walking districts in the country, starting with Forsyth Park, which is reminiscent of Central Park in New York City. Forsyth Park is a major draw for its natural beauty, or just a slow stroll back in time. The area is famous for its cobblestoned streets, pristine, squares, shade trees, art, culture, numerous concerts and festivals, outdoor cafes or gourmet eateries, live theater, pubs and shopping fit for a Queen. The district is home to numerous boutiques, galleries and antique shops. The corporate home of Southern Hospitality is located in the Victorian District (probably).
Historic Savannah is a bike ride, trolley ride, or walk away, adding to the appeal of this wildly popular district for those who want the convenience of living downtown, while still feeling like nature has not abandoned them. All the wonders and joys of River Street are an integral part of the Victorian District. Old churches, monuments and historic landmarks can be easily accessed from here. Tybee Island Beach is a short, scenic drive away. Hilton Head Island is just over the river and through the woods (about forty five minutes in non-fairytale trip time). The nearby Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport makes this area attractive to tourists from all over the world.
Most of the homes in the Victorian District have been meticulously restored and the integrity of the district is closely guarded. Home ownership ranges from a two bedroom, one bath condominium for around $100,000 to single family mansions around $1,000,000. It is common to find a home with three bedrooms and two baths for $200,000 to $300,000. The district is also dotted with cottage-style homes, representative of the period. Conveniences and beauty make this downtown real estate mecca a solid place to invest.
Because of its close proximity to downtown and the Savannah College of Art and Design, students and other enlightened types call the Victorian District home. It is also home for those who just enjoy a magnificent, peaceful lifestyle. This is downtown living at its finest. Even if you are not in the market for a home, a trip to this district will make any day better.
Sadly, no potatoes are still grown in the Victorian District.