Located on picturesque Victory Drive, with the palm tree lined median, this is a unique home that many have tried to replicate but cannot duplicate. Often referred to as the Wedding Cake House by local Savannians, this expansive home was completely updated in 2000 but the owners thoughtfully kept and restored every historic feature possible. The stately architecture of this home exhibits the best of traditional design through symmetry, majestic scale, and elaborate detailing. The expansive front porch has been the site for many soirees, as have the lush, private gardens that surround the home.
Breathtaking- this is the adjective that best fits the entry of 920 East Victory. The sweeping staircase that draws you to the second floor, the 11 foot ceilings, the spectacular fireplaces…there is a lot to absorb, each detail more precious than the last. When the owners renovated in 2000 they added modern conveniences like 7 heating and cooling systems, each zoned for maximum efficiency, and a back-up system on the first floor to ensure that guests are comfortable when large parties are in full swing. Spray Foam was added for insulation, the first floor was wired with speakers in every room, and the membrane of the electronic system was securely installed in the basement.
The first floor has a flow that makes for the perfect space to entertain, should it be over a hundred guests or an intimate gathering of family. Upon entering, the foyer is flanked by the music room, once used as a receiving room for guest to the left, and the formal living room to the right. Both have fireplaces with a gas burning coal basket. Through the formal living room is the dining room of grand proportion. The fireplace in the dining room has a new surround, the only one that required replacing in the home, so during renovations the owners thoughtfully imported Italian marble to keep with the original finishes of the home.
Just off the dining room is one of the most special rooms in the home, the solarium. The unique architecture of the room, the windows that give a 180 degree to the natural beauty outside, and the airy feel, make this a perfect place to entertain or curl up with your favorite book.
To the rear of the dining room is the study. Once this was the breakfast room but during renovations, it was obvious that this room needed to be altered. There is, again, a handsome fireplace, as well as rich colors and warm natural light. There are few that would not want this is a place to call their own.
The kitchen is located on the rear of the home. It is the epicenter of the home, as most are, and has spectacular views of the rear gardens. Equipped with the finest of modern conveniences, it has been photographed for Better Homes and Gardens! Should you enter from the dining room or through the door tucked to the left of the sweeping entry staircase, you will immediately fall for the painted wood floors that add classic warmth to the space. The appliances include SubZero refrigerator, double Thermador Ovens, Asko dishwasher, Thermador 6 burner range with a professional vent complete with heat lamps which vent to the roof, a warming drawer, double sinks under the window and vegetable sink in the island. All the cabinetry is customized and the lush granite on the counters offer the perfect finish. Not to be overlooked are the keeping room, currently used as a breakfast room, and the rear staircase that provide quick access to the floors above when entering from the porte cochere.
The second floor, with its 12 foot ceilings, has four unique bedrooms, each with a fireplace. There is a surprising amount of living space as the area surrounding the staircase acts as a mezzanine, if you will. The largest guest bedroom has a private bathroom and doors to the front veranda while the other two bedrooms share a bathroom. If you’ve never seen a footbath, you will when you experience this home, it’s one of the many details that remain and offers a great conversation piece as it has with guests of this home in the past.
When renovating the home, it was obvious that two bedrooms would need to be combined to offer a large master suite and bathroom. It couldn’t have been executed more beautifully. The master suite has a large fireplace, double French doors to the front veranda as well as built-ins to hide a computer center and television cabinet in the sitting area. The master bathroom is a great retreat with a large, free standing claw foot tub, separate walk-in shower with Perrin & Rowe fixtures and an antique double sink basin with marble counters. Not to be forgotten is the walk-in closet, a special feature that is not found in many homes of this vintage.
The third floor is just up the rear staircase and will surprise most anyone who makes it up to this grand room. Possibly a ballroom as one point, this room has 15 foot ceilings, multiple walk-in attic space, a full bathroom and 4 alcoves large enough to place a bed in each! It is currently used for visiting young ones as a place to sleep, a family room and an artist studio. Needless to say, this is an incredibly sizable room that will offer flexibility in its usefulness for everyone.
In the rear of the home, just out the back door, through the rear sitting porch, down the stairs and through the garden is the carriage house. Below are 3 spacious garage spaces, above is yet another gem! With oak floors, a gas fireplace with marble surround and original mantel restored from the main house, this is another home of the grounds of this expansive property. There are two large bedrooms each with spacious closets and a full bathroom. Currently rented, it would make wonderful guest quarters for a large family.
We invite you to make an appointment for a private viewing of this masterpiece. Rarely offered and certainly special, a gift that has made one family infinitely happy, will be the perfect home for the next.