Own a Historic Plantation for $695K

everhope plantationFor the reasonable sum of $695,000, you could make like Scarlett O'Hara on your very own plantation, complete with formal gardens, several servants' cottages, even a peach orchard. The catch, for some, might be the Eutaw, Ala., location.

Listing agent Vanessa Lockhart says she envisions three types of people being drawn to Everhope Plantation, as it's called. "[Someone] who wants to turn it back into a B&B, someone who wants to retire and be near a university town, or one who wants to capture the old south."

The current owners opened an antiques shop in town and led tours through the 6,500-square-foot Everhope, as it's called. The previous owners ran it as a bed and breakfast. Lockhart points out that the property is 30 minutes from Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama, whose fans "eat, breathe and sleep football." During the season hotel rooms are next to impossible to find within an hour of the stadium. So Everhope would have built-in demand in the fall if it were to become a B&B again.

No matter how it's used, it's a lot of property for $695K. Take a look at what's included.

Everhope Plantation was built in 1852 by Capt. Nathan Carpenter, an army officer who fought in the Civil War. Before the war, Everhope was the center of a 500 acre cotton plantation. The home, along with 23 others in the area, are on the National Historic Register.

In the 1990s, an 800-square-foot addition was put on the third floor with a modern gourmet kitchen, family room, a breakfast room, mudroom, laundry room, office with custom cabinetry, an additional full bath with walk-in closets, a garage, and screened-in porch. It could serve as the innkeeper's quarters if the home were to become a B&B.

The house's original 6,500-square-feet has 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 formal parlors, a dining room, 8 fireplaces, wide center hallways, 2 staircases, a large front porch and upper balcony. Many of the original architectural details are intact such as mouldings and mantels.

In addition to the main house, the property is sprinkled with several outbuildings, including one of the original slave quarters, a pecan house for shelling, an 1890 tenant house, equipment shed, part of the old kitchen, and large open-bay garage with workshop. The eight-acre property has pecan, peach, pear, and fig trees, plus a formal flower garden. In addition, most of the property is fenced and cross-fenced and is ideal for horses.

The photos unfortuntately show off the owner's antiques more than the home and its architecture. But don't fall in love with the furnishings unless you've got another big chunk of change: The antiques and lighting fixtures will be sold at an estate sale.

Lockhart says the home's price is in line with what things go for in the area: "It's moderately priced -- of course, everything is relative."

Carrie Culpepper blogs about design at CultureFix.wordpress.com.

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