If you have ever read ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’, you are familiar with the beauties and mysteries of Savannah, Georgia. But, have you ever dreamt of living there? For a paltry $5.250 million you can live in the heart of the historic district in grand style. This is a true southern historic manor that provides all the ease of modern living without sacrificing any of its character or historic details.
So what do you get when you bring together a murdered Confederate General with a famed architect who built, among other things, the house at the center of ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’? The answer is the William F. Brantley House. A name you likely recognize if you are a Civil War history buff. General William F. Brantley was a lawyer turned soldier who commanded the Mississippi Infantry with distinction in the Chattanooga Campaign, the Battle of Stones River, the Battle of Shiloh and eventually the Franklin-Nashville Campaign. He did not have too long to enjoy his beautiful new home, he was murdered in a family feud in 1869.
This grand dame of historic Savannah was designed in 1857 by the architect John S. Norris who also designed the Mercer House. Which if you have read John Berendt’s 1994 book ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ you already know was the location of the shooting death of Jim Williams’ assistant, Danny Hansford.
With its storied past and gracious elegant, the 9,738 square foot home is the epitome of all that the name Savannah conjures. Located at 20 West Gaston Street, it is just across from the lush 30 acre Forsyth Park with its walking trails, tennis courts and frequent gardens.
The home has won numerous awards for design and renovation including, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards for excellence in interior design for the renovation work and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) design citation award. It was the 2009 recipient of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for excellence in rehabilitation and a Preservation Award in 2008 from the Historic Savannah Foundation.
The main house has 3 stories plus a full garden level finished with a guest suite, craft room, butler’s panty and game/exercise room. There are 3 fireplaces on the garden level.
There are 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 2 powder rooms and 12 fireplaces.
A luxurious master suite occupies the third floor with his and her baths, and a spacious dressing room. Two fireplaces on this floor add luxury while easy access to the spacious yet private side porch, overlooking Forsyth Park makes this home a haven.
The parlor level has a living room, formal dining room, grand family room, private office, kitchen, and connects the carriage house. There are 4 fireplaces on the parlor level.
The gourmet kitchen is open to the family room and breakfast area that overlooks the courtyard. The kitchen is complete with AGA range, spacious island, custom cabinetry and light filled cupola over the breakfast area.
Gracious side porches provide ample room for entertaining or relaxing amidst the trees of Forsyth Park.
Two bedrooms, each with a full bath are on the top floor, with access to a small balcony. Each bedroom has a fireplace as does the front bathroom. The rear bath allows access to a private porch, with panoramic views of Savannah’s Historic District.
Realtor: Celia Dunn w/ Sotheby’s International Realty