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Homes with a History

May 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

4615 Empire Ave - fountain

Are you eager to own a piece of history? A one-of-a-kind home unlike any other?

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has listings for every buyer including numerous homes tied to Northeast Florida’s early history. Some of the homes are spectacularly grand and elegant; others are cozy and picturesque. Yet each has a unique history.

“Many of our homes have a fascinating story to be told,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “There isn’t another property like Perley Place. This is an exceptional opportunity to own a rare piece of Jacksonville’s history.”

4615 Empire Ave - wine cellar

Perley Place is a one-of-a-kind home built on top of a bluff with a breathtaking view of the St. Johns River in Historic Marabanong. Its most intriguing feature is a rare antebellum brick wine cellar built into the river bluff. The cellar was constructed before the Civil War, circa 1858, and is the only one of its kind in the southeast United States. Today, the below ground wine cellar and a 90-pound granite cornerstone are all that remain of Dr. Thomas Perley’s family home.

4615 Empire Ave - living

On the very same spot, a custom-built Louisiana style historical reproduction was completed in 1993. Listed by Realtor Tansy Moon of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, the home was constructed with architectural elements from New Orleans including 22,000 antique bricks, custom made transoms above eight first floor doors, five-layer crown and floor molding and so much more.

1836 Montgomery Place - exterior

Authentic historic homes revealing charming character and style are plentiful in Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods. Currently available is a charming and stately home just a short walk from Avondale’s shops and restaurants. The current owners, who purchased it in 1998, are only the second owners of the home.

1836 Montgomery Place - foyer

Listed by Realtors Melissa Keyes and Bronwen Krause of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, the home was originally owned by a prominent Jacksonville family. T.S. Roberts, Sr., who founded The Monticello Drug Co., had the home built in 1926 for his daughter, Eloise Roberts Ashby and her husband, Clarence Garnett Ashby. Eleanor Ashby and her daughter, Stuart Ashby-Fore, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway’s Atlantic Beach office, have wonderful memories of the home.

“My grandparents entertained all the time,” Ashby-Fore said. “It is a beautiful home and welcoming to everyone.”

Over the years, the home has been renovated to reflect updated home design trends and meticulously restored to maintain its historic integrity. Many original architectural details, such as hardwood floors and built-in shelves, add to its beauty and appeal.

“These two exceptional listings are attracting a lot of attention – both locally and from all over the world,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our team is connected to a global network of real estate professionals and enhanced affiliations with online outlets, which provide many unique opportunities to market these properties.”

More information is available at www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

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