Gordonston Homes for Sale
Savannah's second planned community
In 2001, the National Register designated Gordonston as an historic district. This leafy and lovely neighborhood, only five minutes from downtown Savannah, is one of the city’s oldest suburbs and it rests on a triangle between Skidaway Road on the south, Pennsylvania Avenue on the East and Gwinnett on the north.
In 1917, W.W. Gordon III, his sister Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, and other members of the Gordon family converted an 80-acre family farm into Savannah’s second planned subdivision. (Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent was the first.) It was a trolley suburb on the Thunderbolt streetcar line making it extremely convenient to Downtown Savannah. Pierpont Circle — with broad avenues radiating from it like spokes on a wheel — is the neighborhood’s focal point, along with a six-acre community park that Juliette Gordon Low donated to the neighborhood’s children in 1926. A plaque identifies a simple brown building at the park’s center as the Calder Cottage. The Union Bag and Paper Corp. — known these days as International Paper — presented it to the neighborhood in 1948. It is available for neighborhood meetings and can be rented to host events. The park was also once famous for showcasing stunning wrought iron gates which Ms. Low, an accomplished iron-worker, crafted and installed there. The originals have since been relocated to her home in Downtown Savannah, replaced with handsome replicas.
Gordonston is one of Savannah’s most coherent communities, with an intact streetscape, lush canopy and a neighborhood association that’s been around more than 60 years. It regularly hosts holiday events, art sales, oyster roasts and more. It’s also a place for young families to grow up. Local mothers regularly convene for the “Itty Bitty Baby Club,” which organizes get-togethers and baby-sitting exchanges for parents. Dog owners gather late every afternoon in the park for playtime with other residents and their pets. The Girl Scouts still gather there regularly as well.
Home Styles in Gordonston
Gordonston’s architectural fabric represents styles in vogue from the 1910’s through 1950. These primarily include: Craftsman-style bungalows mostly on Gordonston and Kinzie Avenues, built during the 1910s and 1920s, large Colonial Revival-style homes built during the 1930s and more than 50 early ranch-style houses with carports or garages for automobiles, built between 1945 and 1950.
One of the best features of Gordonston- in the past and today- is its proximity to other areas of Savannah. Downtown is simply minutes away, the Southside is easily reached by the Truman Parkway which girdles the neighborhood and President Street Extension offers a straight shot to the Islands and the Beach. The booming Skidaway/Victory corridor is also located nearby and hosts one of the widest variety of retail and dining options in the city boasting everything from Target to Home Depot from Victory Cinemas to Starbucks and a true plethora of fast-food and casual dining options. The booming Whole Foods Market, PetSmart and Chipotle Grill complex in just minutes away as well.
Today, about two hundred families live in this beautifully kept neighborhood. There is the tangible closeness and camaraderie of a true neighborhood-in the old-fashioned sense of the word-that binds generations of families to this jewel of a neighborhood and there is remarkably low turn-over in home sales. Gordonston keeps the secret of her tranquil community, genteel lifestyle, lovely forested park and outstanding homes close to the chest and guarded. Wandering into this outpost in the Eastside of Savannah reveals yet another treasured neighborhood in Greater Savannah’s own back yard.
Unfortunately (perhaps) for prospective buyers the neighborhood is famous for its low Tight-knit community with active neighborhood association.