They say it’s kind of a big deal to have a home on Royal Street in downtown St. Francisville.
With historic markers seemingly on every corner, many of the homes on Royal are historic treasures. And the listing at 9733 Royal Street presents a golden opportunity to join the club. As far as we know, the home was never owned by anybody famous, and it’s not on the National Register of Historic Places.
But we do know the home — built just after the turn of the century — has been lovingly cared for and faithfully restored with as much of the original material as possible. Double hardwood floors original to the home have been beautifully refinished in most of the rooms in this 3-bedroom cottage, located just down the street from Grandmother’s Buttons and other popular antique shops in downtown St. Francisville.
During the redesign, the owners kept the materials that were salvageable, and added the things that are expected in homes today. You’ll see original door knobs, wood windows with tall glass transoms below 11-foot ceilings, 12-inch capped baseboards, a pair of double sided fireplaces with exquisite old hand-made mantles, original flooring and ornate chandeliers.
Guests enter the home via a long elevated porch and step directly into the greeting parlor, where the first double fireplace is framed by a stained mantle. The formal dining room to the right has the other double masonry fireplace, as well as a wall of tall wood windows. These two fireplaces are shared by the home’s master bedroom and bedroom No. 3, meaning that two out of the home’s three bedrooms have a fireplace.
Unique in style and design, the home actually could be considered to have two master bedrooms. The first is behind the formal dining room, and it too has tall windows that let in lots of natural light. The master bath also has three windows, a double vanity and a large shower. The second master bedroom has tall transomed windows to the front and an exit to the back yard. The bath for this bedroom has a pedestal tub and a cast iron standalone sink with a medicine chest above. The beaded board half wall and low vaulted ceiling are original to the home.
Meanwhile, double doors lead from the large dining room to the kitchen and breakfast room, where the owner has agreed to leave a beautiful painted pie safe that accents the features of the room. The breakfast room and the kitchen proper each have shed ceilings with fish-eye accent lighting, while a chandelier illuminates the center of the space. A center island is topped with ceramic tile that matches the counter tops in the kitchen. Continuing a “let’s have lots of windows” theme, a wall of five windows lines the long main kitchen counter, which doesn’t leave room for a ton of cabinets. But those that are there are nice, with glass fronts. The home’s modern laundry room and a guest bath are located behind the kitchen.
Out back, the yard is surrounded by a tall privacy fence that connects to a single car carport. On one side of the yard, there’s a cottage that would be perfect for the little princess’ playhouse, or otherwise for storage. On the other side, there’s a large unfinished “future art studio.”
Within strolling distance of antique shops and restaurants in historic downtown, and just one block off of Ferdinand Street, this home is a step back in time with all the modern conveniences. Cherie Harvey with Burns & Co. Realtors will keep the home open today from 2-4 p.m., so why not take the short drive up U.S. 61 for a leisurely afternoon in the Felicianas.
Address: 9733 Royal St., St. Francisville
Living area: 2,129 square feet
Marketing agent: Cherie Harvey, Burns & Co. Realtors
Contact phone: 225-721-7103
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