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Historic home gets dramatic makeover, asks $439K

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The back porch features retractable bug screens

Photos by Revival Arts

Located in the historic Oakleigh Garden district of Mobile, Alabama, this three-bedroom, two-bath home was carefully restored by local TV personality Danny Lipford of Today’s Homeowner. The historic home is known as the Morgan-Home house; built in 1906, purchased in 1915 by James Morgan, and owned by the Ford family from the 1940s through 2014.

A wide and charming front porch welcomes guests, complete with restored stained glass, a new swing, and copper lanterns. Inside, a high-ceilinged dog trot foyer is the artery of the 2,280-square-foot home, and the restoration applied fresh paint and new lighting with a new coat of varnish on the hardwood floor.

The living room features the original Victorian fireplace, a restored chandelier, pocket doors, and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the revamped, modern kitchen boasts an island made from one of the original built-in cupboards.

Outside, a Victorian style garden features raised beds and a geometric walkway for drama, and a back porch has motorized, retractable vinyl screens with a bed swing and outdoor kitchen.

Love what you see? 257 Rapier Avenue is on the market now for $439,000.

The dining room features new wallpaper and artwork with a restored Arts & Crafts fireplace.
The kitchen island was created from an original 1906 built-in cupboard.
In order to fit a king sized bed, the fireplace mantel was moved to the new back porch and the closet door removed and turned into the headboard.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area makes the porch functional all year long.
A hanging bed and fireplace adds drama.
The garden combines elements of formality to contrast with the relaxed Southern feel.