While driving down the block of Peeples Street between Ralph David Abernathy and Oglethorpe Avenue you immediately feel as if you have stepped back in time. You notice the brick work, wrought iron fencing, and look up an see flag poles with street numbers and lantern type street lights. You are struck by the beauty of the homes and notice the lack of electrical or telephone lines ( the lines are buried so as not to obstruct your view of the historic homes). The Queen Anne Victorian located at 688 Peeples is special and deserves a closer look. The house was recently painted an inviting historic green color from the local Benjamin Moore paint store. Before entering the wrought iron gates you are struck by the beautifully landscaped gardens manicured by Lee May a life long gardener and former columnist with the AJC. You are also struck by the beautiful original stained glass that hovers over the front window and peers down from the second story.
Enter the Foyer and the see the sun tinged with the bright colors from the stained glass windows gleaming off the original heart pine floors, original staircase and pocket doors leading to the Parlor.
Next, step back in time and enter the Parlor where the soaring 10 + foot ceilings and original floors, pocket doors, fireplace mantle and tile. The home has five fireplaces that have been rebuilt and equipped with a gas burner - simply turn on and What did the original residents do in this room over 100 years ago?
Continue into the formal Dining room (or you can make this an awesome entertainment room with flat screen television mounted about fireplace) with another beautiful chandelier, period wall paper, original heart pine floors and original mantle and tile - just beautiful. Picture your next Thanksgiving dinner in this dining room.
Next, you can step into your first floor master bedroom/office or entrainment room which is across the hall from your gourmet kitchen. The Kitchen is in showroom condition and is large enough for a large kitchen table and also has the space for a beautiful sitting area or office. The kitchen appliances have been updated and you have enough cabinets to hold all of your fine china. The Kitchen offers amazing views of the rear garden and small goldfish pond. Additionally, there are new french doors which lead to a brick patio large enough for table and chairs perfect for morning coffee. Enjoy.
From the gourmet kitchen head upstairs to the second level passing the Laundry room at the first landing on the second floor. Then head up a few steps to the upstairs Upstairs Bathroom and prepare to enter a spa like environment where you may forget you are in a 100 + year old Victorian.
Then enter the large Master bedroom with another one of the five working gas fireplaces. The master bedroom will comfortably accommodate a king size bed and has plenty of natural light with two large floor to ceiling energy efficient Pela windows. Off the master bedroom is a large walk in closet with a half bathroom (keep the half bathroom or convert into an even larger walk in closet). Enjoy.
Next enter the Guest bedroom/Office and you are greeted by another one of the five working gas fireplaces and three floor to ceiling energy efficient Pela windows and beautifully restored original hardwood floors. Open the closet and see how the new closet system allows you to maximize the closet space.
Next, turn the corner and enter the Office/Guest bedroom and you greeted by an original stained glass window, a beautiful tin ceiling, floor to ceiling book shelves, another one of the five working gas fireplaces, two large floor to ceiling energy efficient Pela windows and new closet system. Picture this as a child's room, office, exercise room - the possibilities are endless.
Finally, walk out the Kitchen and enter the private bricked gardens that lead to the rear deck, small goldfish pond, trellis and secured gated parking in the rear of the home. The garden is quiet, peaceful and low maintenance. Sit on the deck and listen to the birds, smell the aroma of the fresh flowers and almost imagine you are in the North Georgia mountains - almost! Enjoy.