I've talked before about my love for new old houses and for Beaufort, South Carolina. The two have merged in the form of a New Urbanism community (think Seaside, Florida) in Beaufort called Habersham. The homes have the charm of the historic district, without the unpredictable plumbing and sagging floors.
But moreso than the homes, the plan for the community is what really makes Habersham (and others like it) stand out from the crowd of new developments. The goal was to "create a place built for the human scale," where people can live and work in one place. A place "of sustainable character and charm, a place that protects the present while preserving the values for future generations to come." I've been thinking a lot about this kind of lifestyle lately, and how much different it is than mine.
This led, naturally, to entirely too much time spent browsing the real estate listings in the area. Here are two of my favorites.
16 West Manor is listed at $999,000, so not exactly within our (fictional!) price range.
I actually really like the way this house is furnished, though it looks kind of unfinished. Then again, maybe it's just been cleared out in preparation for sale.
The kitchen is simple, with antique rugs on the floor and industrial-style bar stools.
The living room is pretty, but could use a bigger rug! The architectural details are appropriately subdued and I love that the trim is the same as the wall color. I'm kind of over white trim; it's very harsh.
Antique furniture looks right at home, and I love the wicker basket used as a table.
Love that lamps! And it looks like Dwell bedding.
The master bedroom is soothing and neutral. How luxurious to have a fireplace in the bedroom!
It's a little hard to tell what's on the floor in here. Any guesses? I love this bed, too. It looks like the one that Granny Smith Green spotted at Blackberry Farm. Anyone know who makes it?
I also love 12 South Eastover for its farmhouse-like charm. "The Joseph" has details that "recall building traditions of the past, with its board and batten siding and steep pitch roof." This one is definitely going into the "for building/extensive remodeling" inspiration folder.
Gorgeous porches! This one opens to the living and dining rooms.
Simple, light-filled kitchen. Some of the houses have unfortunately been outfitted with some tragic-looking tile, but not this one. Mexican ceramic tile has no place in a low country cottage!
Here are the doors to the porch, the view is looking back toward the dining space and into the kitchen.
Lovely stairwell. I love the tall baseboards and the simple molding.
And a bath tiled appropriately, I think. Again, love the molding around the doors. When can I move in?
Images courtesy of Habersham Land Company.
Oh, I almost forgot! Southern Living and MyHomeIdeas are giving away a house in Habersham. Well, maybe. The winner gets to choose among four houses, one of them being in Habersham. Click here to vote on your favorite and enter for a chance to win.