209 W Jones Street
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- 6 bedrooms
- 6 bathrooms
Property descriptionIdeally positioned on a quiet block of Jones Street in the heart of Savannah's National Historic Landmark District, the Jesse Mount House features a solid Federal-style brick exterior and classic raised stoop overlooking a picturesque cobblestone street with massive moss-draped live oaks. This stately four-story townhouse was originally built in 1854 for prominent businessman, attorney and planter Jesse Mount (1798-1871), who was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and moved to Savannah in 1820.
This historic treasure, which formerly served as a high-end bed and breakfast, is defined by a gracious atmosphere with generously proportioned rooms, high ceilings, original plaster medallions, crown moldings and period architectural details. With original millwork and street-facing windows, this elegant home offers the quintessential Savannah combination of colonial and Greek Revival styles. Original heart pine floors have been carefully preserved and restored throughout the house. The home also includes two Short-Term Vacation Rental certificates (one owner-occupied, one open) for a 2 BR/2 BA garden-level apartment and 1 BR/1 BA carriage-house located on-site.
The graceful front door of the main house opens into a wide entrance hall with a sweeping three-story staircase and welcomes guests into a light-filled double parlor, which includes a spacious living room and formal dining room with twin fireplaces, gold/silver leaf painted plaster medallions, original windows overlooking Jones Street and 14-foot ceilings.
Ideal for entertaining, the Jesse Mount House can easily host an informal happy hour in the kitchen, a ladies tea in the front parlor or dinner parties under the sparkling chandelier in the dining room. Friends can casually visit in the kitchen, on the deck or in the private courtyard. For formal dining, the dining room comfortably seats 12 and includes a working fireplace.
The home's flexible layout allows the garden level to be used as a professional office or to serve as a short-term vacation rental. The carriage house has a long rental history as an AirBnB and can serve as a guest house or in-law/au pair suite.
The kitchen, located on the rear of the main house, is a chef's dream with its Aga gas stove with matching hood, Subzero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, porcelain farm sink and ice maker. Custom aubergine cabinets, black granite countertops and white marble backsplashes offer upscale accents, while an eat-in area is ideal for breakfast or coffee. Two sets of French doors in the kitchen open onto the expansive upper deck, which includes ample room for a grill and outdoor dining.
The main house offers three large en suite bedrooms with significant storage space, fireplaces, high ceilings and hardwood floors as well as a media room that can easily serve as a fourth bedroom. Three full baths feature luxurious appointments, including a soaking tub and glass and marble shower, as well as a powder room located on the parlor level.
The current owners thoughtfully restyled the rear exterior, repointed the exterior brick, replaced the roofs and shutters, renovated the kitchen and master suite, insulated the attic, re-engineered the HVAC, restored the wood floors and replaced several non-period windows in order to maintain this historic house in top condition.
Additional highlights include a two-car garage with laundry area and workbench and a charming, private brick-paved courtyard, which features mature citrus plantings, boxwood, a fountain and offers ample space for relaxing or entertaining.
This distinctive residence has been featured in a number of films, including Glory, in which Matthew Broderick starred as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and makes a speech on the front porch of the home. The Jesse Mount House has also been featured on-screen in The Legend of Bagger Vance, directed by Robert Redford, and in the mini-series Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci.
While directing the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Clint Eastwood knocked on the door of the Jesse Mount House and enjoyed a tour. Actor and director Kenneth Branagh lived in the garden apartment while filming The Gingerbread Man and hosted dinner parties in the parlor with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Daryl Hannah. The home has also been showcased in a number of books about Savannah history and architecture, as well as in local magazines.
This exquisite residence is conveniently located steps away from Forsyth Park, Chatham Square, Pulaski Square, Bull Street, the Downtown Design District and acclaimed eateries including Crystal Beer Parlor, Mrs. Wilkes and Noble Fare.
209 W Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia, United States
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