5 Great Neighborhoods in Savannah
Historic Downtown District
This is the heart of Savannah, Georgia, the 2.5-square-mile district of old homes and squares. Housing styles come in all flavors, from Federal to Italianate and Queen Anne. Prices run high here, because this is the Savannah everyone dreams about. The Mercer House, made famous in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has listed at $9 million, but most homes in this stately district run from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on whether they have been restored to their original grandeur.
Flagship Address: West Jones Street
The Neighbors: Professors, artists, designers, innkeepers, students, CEOs, service industry professionals, out-of-towners in their second home
Also consider: Victorian District
This up-and-coming downtown neighborhood is a preservationist’s wonderland, wooing creative types with the fortitude for an area in transition. Houses dolled up in gingerbread and sunburst gables and a walkable neighborhood close to downtown and Forsyth Park make the area desirable.
The Neighbors: Edgy urbanites, graphic designers and industrious couples in starter homes.
Isle of Hope
This riverfront community has been a magnet for young couples who crave a rural waterfront childhood for their kids. The area is not really an island but sits on a peninsula jutting into the Skidaway River, so there’s water on three sides. With no commercial development except the marina, a trip to the nearest supermarket or drugstore is a minimum of three miles. If you can’t afford to buy, renting here still gains access into this unpretentious and close-knit neighborhood.
Flagship Address: Bluff Drive
The Neighbors: Upwardly mobile families who want good schools and a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. A large contingent of renters with aspirations call Isle of Hope home, as do ruling-class families who own picturesque houses overlooking the Skidaway. Nearby Dutch Island offers a guard-gated version of the same, minus the renters and older homes.
The Landings at Skidaway Island
A gated community on a 6,500-acre barrier island 12 miles south of Savannah. Deep water docks, six golf courses and four clubhouses are its perks; a restrictive environment when it comes to house color and yard art may be considered a downside. Here kids drive golf carts to the club pool or to visit friends.
Flagship Address: Wiley Bottom Road
The Neighbors: A homogenous mix of wealthy retirees, corporate executives, lawyers and affluent families
Also Consider: Richmond Hill
The Neighbors: Soccer moms, commuters and military families stationed at nearby Fort Stewart.
This enclave of mid-20th-century ranch houses features long, quiet streets in the heart of the busy city. Less than five minutes from two major hospitals, a YMCA, several private schools and Memorial Stadium, this family-oriented neighborhood of old-growth trees and homes built from the 1950s to the 1970s defines central location in Savannah.
The Neighbors: Real estate agents, middle-income families, nurses
Also Consider: Mayfair
The Neighbors: Single, middle-aged preservationists and retirees with a preference for modest but true mid-century residences.
Savannah’s first suburb, Ardsley Park is a district of plush lawns and four- and five-bedroom mansions and Craftsman bungalows built in the 1920s. The neighborhood’s northern boundary is Victory Drive, which runs east from Bull Street to Waters Avenue. If it’s the cinematic version of Savannah you’re looking for, Ardsley Park is the place to find it: ancient live oaks drip with Spanish moss over streets lined with stately mansions. Ardsley Park is far enough away from the touristy bustle of downtown to be peaceful and residential. Children can walk or ride bikes to school, and residents have easy access to downtown and the Southside shopping malls.
Flagship Address: Washington Street
The Neighbors: Open-minded empty-nesters, affluent families and a sprinkling of some of the town’s more colorful doctors, lawyers and CEOs.
Also consider: Parkside
The Neighbors: Slightly more diverse families, young architects, boutique owners