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Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Price: $1.748 million
It was built in 1904 and is located on a peaceful street in the heart of the historic Old Town district in Huntsville. alabama, Known as “McGee’s Residence,” this recently renovated home preserves its historic stamp with numerous period details.
The two-story home showcases an unusual combination of Victorian, Tudor, Greek Revival, and Queen Anne architectural styles. According to the listing, McGee’s Residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Ms. Mollie McGee was a woman who traveled a lot and spent most of her life in hotels, as she was a big part of her family’s business,” said Shalu Holman, Engel & Völkers’ recording agent. “When she decided to build her first home in Huntsville, she wanted it to be a mix of different styles.”
Ms. Holman added that Ms. McGee and her family were very influential in the development of downtown Huntsville, so she likely worked with eminent designers and architects to assist her in the design process. “To me the house looks like a small boutique hotel where family and friends stay with him,” said Ms. Holman. “He was used to living in luxury, but was also famous for entertaining guests, holding church fundraisers, and hosting parties and casual lunches at his home for friends and family.”
The first floor of the four-bedroom house features an updated kitchen, a large living room and games room area, and many fascinating period details, including nine original working fireplaces, pocket doors, and transom windows.
Upstairs, the owners suite features beautifully crafted closets and a luxurious bathroom with heated floors, therapy tub and sauna.
“I personally like the welcome porch with its big swing,” said Ms. Holman. “The wine cellar in the rustic cellar is the perfect human cave, a rarity for this region. It also overlooks the beautiful backyard with its gorgeous gourmet kitchen, treehouse and hanging chairs. A very comfortable and inviting home.”
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This 4,494 square foot .house sits on a 29,620 square foot plot and has four bedrooms and four full bathrooms.
The spacious gourmet kitchen features brand new Wolf appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, double oven and marble countertops throughout, including the huge island. Its double doors with large windows open up to an elaborate backyard that houses a treehouse with a few hanging chairs and a fire pit area.
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Although the house is located in the heart of Huntsville’s thriving Old Town, Ms. Holman says the neighborhood doesn’t get much traffic and is fairly quiet and welcoming. “Great for a morning [or] evening walks, walking your pets, cycling, visiting neighbors,” she said. “Kids can wander and play in the Old Town Historic District very privately.”
Ms. Holman added that the house is within walking distance of eclectic restaurants such as Cotton Row & Bottle Restaurant, Honest Coffee Shop, the legendary Roosevelt Store, Domaine South and Poppy the Parliament. “Big Spring Park and the Huntsville Art Museum are a five-minute walk from the house,” Ms. Holman said. “At Christmas time, you can walk to the corner of Holmes and Clinton to see the town’s Christmas parade.”
Agent: Shalu Holman, Assistant Broker and Luxury Sales Director, Engel & Völkers Huntsville
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