Historic House Listings

sold. Historic Bell House, Circa 1895 in Defuniak Springs, Florida. $249,900

June 7, 2021

What a cute Florida cottage! The Bell House was built in 1895. It is located in Defuniak Springs, Florida. The home features hardwood floors, french doors, bay windows, etched glass, updated kitchen and updated bathrooms. The home is situated in the historic district and not far from Lake Defuniak. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 1,824 square feet. $249,900

Contact G Kaye Towner with Keller Williams Realty

From the Zillow listing:


Welcome to the historic Bell House! This charming 3 bedroom, 3 bath is located just a few blocks from Lake DeFuniak in the historic district! This lovely Florida Cottage, deemed a frame vernacular style by the historic committee, has many of the original features, with a blend of Victorian and Craftsman styles. The long, covered front porch leads to two front doors; with antique manual doorbell–the parlor door has the original decorative etched glass. Most of the windows are original to the home, the wavy glass speaks to their age. A few panes of glass have been replaced and newer windows are located among the home’s two additions. Upon entry, notice the original built-in closet in the sitting room. Originally a parlor, the French doors open to a large bedroom with a walk-in closet There are two master suites; the front bedroom en suite has an antique claw foot tub, beautifully re-finished, with a striking black faucet and hand shower. The antique stained glass decorative window covering and antique wash basin stand add to the charm. This room offers high ceilings and two original wooden closets. The focal point of the living room is the original fireplace, which has been sealed, and boasts an ornate, antique cover. The classic mantle woodwork and tile hearth are intact. The coffered ceilings and wainscoting add to the historical charm. The vintage wood floors have been painted a fresh color, Blue Seagrass, with a fun, stenciled design. The treasured, original kitchen cabinets, with a pull out cutting board, are located in the back en suite bathroom just behind the fireplace, where the wood or coal burning stove would have been located and vented alongside the fireplace. The stove pipe hole has been sealed but the pass through cabinet door is still operational. The largest bedroom is in the back of the home, a later addition, it measures approximately 19’9 x 16’5 feet with a huge walk in closet that spans the width of the room! This bedroom features open-track, sliding barn-style closet doors and a private walk-out to the back yard. Most of the doors are original, solid-wood doors with antique hardware (and one original key to the parlor entry door!). All hard flooring throughout this home; some original wood flooring, and some newer wood and vinyl plank flooring; tile in the back bathroom; two bathrooms have new luxury vinyl tiles for easy maintenance. Several new light fixtures with energy saving LED bulbs have been installed. The home has had recent updates, including some new PEX plumbing and fresh new paint throughout. AC is located in a large closet off of the living room. The modern kitchen has clean white cabinets with new, dark hardware, open shelving, stainless steel appliances, and a large sink with a window overlooking the back yard where you can see the two original outbuildings: a studio/shed located inside the wooden privacy fence (which has all of the vintage charm plus electricity) and the original carriage house, located just outside the privacy fence and opening to the ally. The carriage house has a dirt floor and two large doors. It could be used to store a smaller vehicle or your riding lawnmower, which you’ll need because this property sits on three lots with just under a half an acre. There are mature trees, lovely flowers, and a little garden with soil that is rich with nutrients and history! This home was constructed before 1895, although the tax collector’s office shows the year built as 1920 due to an addition in the 20’s. The Walton County Heritage Museum has original tax record books with this property dating back to 1901 and the US Census shows that Ms. Dawn Bell owned the home in 1895. The style of the home is reflective of the Victorian days when DeFuniak Springs blossomed into the winter home for the New York Chautauqua, which brought education, entertainment and social gatherings to the area after the railroad began operation in 1882. Lake DeFuniak is an almost perfectly round, spring-fed lake located in the center of town where community activities continue, just a short walk from your new home. DeFuniak Springs is located in the Panhandle of Florida and is just about 30 miles to the white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast off of the famed 30-A. Your new home is located a few blocks from Hwy 331 and a little more than a mile north of Interstate 10… just close enough to be convenient, and far enough to be peaceful.


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