Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of Savannah, Georgia’s landmark historic district, and you’ll find that nearly every stately home seems to tell a story, whether it’s through the lush centuries-old oak trees surrounding them or the quintessential side porches. As you are taking in the breathtaking views, you’ll likely notice that one impressive 19th-century gem stands out at 124 West Gaston Street. With its timeless architecture, the circa-1858 Israel Dasher House on a unique double lot graces the quiet tree-lined corner. The four-story home, which has undergone extensive renovation, is on the market for $3,995,000.
“It’s hard to believe when you’re in this free-standing home surrounded by all these beautiful oak trees and magnolia trees that you’re in the heart of the city,” says Staci Donegan, associate broker at Three Oaks Realty Company in Savannah.
Boasting 5,370 square feet of living space, the main house lives large with spacious interiors and a garden apartment. A veranda invites you to sit and stay awhile.
An awesome staircase with a wrought-iron handrail leads guests to the front door. Inside, you’ll see 12-foot ceilings that enhance the spaciousness of the home.
If one parlor isn’t enough, there are two more parlors, elements of a bygone era when these inviting rooms were used for formal entertaining or holding private conversations. Each parlor has its own marble fireplace and is separated from the next by the original pocket doors.
From the dining room, French doors lead to the revamped kitchen. “The owners created an eat-in kitchen from what used to be a small, dark galley kitchen,” says Donegan. “By opening up the back of the kitchen, it’s bright and airy with this great flow for entertaining.”
The stylish L-shaped kitchen features Carrera marble countertops, custom cabinetry, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf double oven and six-burner gas stove.
Abundant natural light and a soothing neutral color palette flow throughout the home, creating a serene retreat. Original heart pine wide-plank flooring, intricate millwork and plaster molding add a sense of character and history to the home.
“What the owners wanted to do is make the home very light and airy,” explains Donegan. “They just wanted the features of the home to speak for themselves.”
Four bedrooms are on the upper two floors. The current owners use one of these floors as a master suite, and the top floor as a bedroom and an office.
“There’s a lot of flexibility with these old homes to fit the needs of your family,” says Donegan. “On the upper floors, each floor could be its own suite.”
A bright and airy apartment is on the garden level of the home with a full kitchen, spacious laundry room, one bedroom, one bathroom, three fireplaces and a private entrance.
Eighteen-inch wide planks in the apartment could tell a thousand stories. “You don’t see a lot of those remaining in these old homes, original hardwood floors with one plank from the front of the house to the back with no break in the plank,” says Donegan.
The newly remodeled 1,055-square-foot carriage house has a private entrance, two bedrooms, one bathroom, a wood-burning fireplace, brick floors on the first level and plank flooring on the second level.
A tall stucco exterior wall creates a sense of intrigue about what’s on the east side of the home. “What people don’t realize when they are walking by the house is there is a large heated lap pool along with a heated spa,” says Donegan. “You can swim your laps and relax in the spa.”
An orchard bearing fruit provides a bounty of Meyer lemons, oranges and kumquats. The spacious outdoor oasis also includes fountains, a terrace and open-air brick patio.
“It’s one of these special homes in the landmark district,” says Donegan. “While you’re in the house, it’s very quiet and you’ll feel like you’re in the country, especially on the fourth floor. You’ve got all these beautiful oak trees and magnolias. But you can walk out of your front door, and in a matter of minutes, be at one of the restaurants on Bull Street or at Forsyth Park, which is the equivalent of New York’s Central Park. It’s one of the top destinations when you come to Savannah. You have the best of both worlds.”
Even more gratifying: Watching the world go by from the veranda.
Take a tour of the Israel Dasher House by clicking here to watch the video.
For more information about the property, contact Staci Donegan of Three Oaks Realty Company via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 912-777-4560.