Nestled among ageless Magnolia trees in historic downtown Greensboro proudly sits MAGNOLIA MANOR, a lovingly restored 5bed/4bath Victorian home that has recently been brought back to life. Rich with history & built as solid as Georgia Granite this elegant home was built by Charles Alfred Davis c1880 for his daughter & son in law, Alexander Seals. Both Mr Davis & Alexander Seals were local merchant owners & during this time, all of the prominent business owners lived on this street.
Millstones & a granite pathway will lead you to Magnolia Manor, & as you approach this historic home, you’ll notice its exterior which showcases architectural pediments & an asymmetrical wrap-around veranda with ornate balustrades, columns & cornices. You’ll immediately be greeted by history reminiscent of the past upon stepping onto the generously sized wrap around veranda featuring heart pine floors & bead board ceiling painted a lovely meander blue. Make sure you turn the antique brass door ringer while walking through the front door! The 12’ ceilings & original heart wood pine floors restored to perfection by the county’s official wood floor expert will take your breath away! The home boasts 12 generously sized rooms with the Master bedroom on the main with floor to ceiling windows & an oversized renovated bathroom with dual sinks, soaking tub & luxurious glass tile shower.
The wavy floor to ceiling windows, original solid wood doors with porcelain door knobs, 5 fireplaces & grand mahogany staircase are all reminders of the past. Entertain your family & friends in the sun soaked living room or the tastefully updated gourmet kitchen that you’ve always dreamed of having! The custom cabinetry, fireplace, stainless appliances, quartz counters, farmhouse sink with large center island with seating was designed keeping cooking, mixing & mingling in mind. Meander up the stairway to find matching Tiffany Stained Glass Windows that glow beautifully on a sun filled day. You’ll also find a stackable laundry room & 4 large guest bedrooms with private baths & unheard of spacious closets. Don’t miss the 2 large floored attic spaces perfect for storage or expansion – One being a walk up on the 3rd floor where you can visually see the details of the hand-hewn wood beams that support the roof system. While many of the original features of Magnolia Manor were kept & incorporated into the renovations, more of the home’s history was uncovered along the way, including wood beams & pine bead board hidden behind the kitchen walls under layers of lath, plaster & sheetrock from previous renovations. The tongue & groove bead board was then sanded & used to frame out an otherwise unsightly breaker box & create a beautiful matching niche in the breakfast room. Other hand hewn wood was used for the kitchen floating pine shelves & fireplace mantel.
As if that’s not enough, there’s a new tankless water heater, new mechanicals, new metal & asphalt roofs, gutters & side patio veranda with side entrance into a mudroom for convenience. This home sits on a private, spacious flat lot, has an asphalt driveway & original 2 port carriage shed. Magnolia Manor is filled with distinctive character, proportions, millwork & details & has so many possibilities! Start making memories in your new home or use it for a vacation home or weekend retreat. This meticulously & lovingly preserved gem is located within a few short walking blocks to downtown stores, restaurants & Lake Oconee Brewery. This is a ONE OF A KIND property that you do not want to miss!!! Located within Lake Oconee Academy school district & minutes to beautiful Lake Oconee & The Ritz Carlton Hotel, 30 minutes to Athens, hour to Augusta & Atlanta International Airport, conveniently located off I-20.
As a side note, the late J.D. Harris of downtown Greensboro restored Magnolia Manor in 1971. He was known statewide for his restoration work on the Georgia governor’s mansion in the 1960’s. My husband & I now occupy the home of J.D. Harris, a 200 year old Greek Revival, which is located just 2 short blocks east of Magnolia Manor on W Broad Street.
Updated on November 28, 2022 at 5:38 pm