Thomas Square Homes For Sale
The Newest "Red-Hot" Area in Savannah
Thomas Square has become the hottest, hippest neighborhood in Savannah with the likes of Foxy Loxy Café, The Vault, Cotton and Rye, Atlantic and so many others. Revitalization and a well organized, long established neighborhood association have added great structure to the existing neighborhood fabric. This Midtown location has easy access to Victory Drive, the Drayton/Whitaker Corridor, 37th Street Connector and the Truman Parkway to ensure quick travel to all parts of town. Can’t really go wrong with this one as this area is about to really “blow up” in the best of ways.
While it now sits in the heart of midtown, Thomas Square was Savannah’s first suburb, where a post-Civil War middle class sought modern convenience, spacious homes and a reasonable streetcar commute into the city.
Suburb suggests a certain sameness, a certain predictable design and uniformity. However, the streets in the Thomas Square neighborhood show an area with a patchwork quilt of uses and restorations. Some areas have tree-lined streets, bricked sections of road, historically land-scaped medians, “door yard” gardens and stately Victorian homes painstakingly restored by investors or long-time residents.
Where The Locals Go
Here are some of our favorite restaurants & shops in and around the Thomas Square Neighborhood:
Cotton & Rye – Everything. The end.
The Vault – Sushi for sure.
Foxy Loxy Cafe – Get the cold brew.
Blowin’ Smoke – BBQ meets tacos.
Atlantic – You’ll know everyone there.
Green Truck Pub – Get the burger.
Al Salaam Deli – Gyros. Trust us.
Bull Street Taco – All about the tacos. Oh, and the Mexican street corn.
Elizabeth’s on 37th – Can we talk about the crab cakes?
Back in the Day Bakery – Um, banana pudding?
Narobia’s Grits and Gravy – Eat it ALL.
Bull Street Library
More about our favorite restaurants in Thomas Square here: https://realestateinsavannah.net/real-estate-blog/best-restaurants-in-thomas-square/
History & Home Styles
In 1875, much of the land east of Bull Street and south of Anderson was laid out in farm lots and sparsely developed, according to records from the Historic Savannah Foundation. There was a dairy. Railroad workers built the Savannah and Albany line. The Georgia Infirmary served the medical needs of former slaves.
In 1883, the city limits were extended south from Anderson to 42nd Street and Estill Avenue, now Victory Drive. That move formed the north and south borders of Thomas Square. In 1888, streetcars began running to the area and with them, eventually, electricity for homes. Between 1890 and 1920, development in Thomas Square hit its period of greatest growth. Savannah’s growing middle and upper classes needed more space and bigger homes and headed south to Thomas Square.
But progress keeps moving. In the 1930s and ’40s, the same suburban expansion that founded Thomas Square abandoned the neighborhood to pursue new modernism farther south. As a consequence, the old neighborhood suffered. Occupied homes and buildings fell into disrepair. Others were simply abandoned.
For a time, Thomas Square attracted no one at all. But by the late 1950s, renovation of downtown properties sparked urban renewal across Savannah. Upper- and middle-class families who had once fled now returned to the city’s older, urban neighborhoods. With them slowly came a new urban concept: gentrification.
Today, scaffolding sprouts like metal flowers beside the old homes and buildings. Contractors are as common now as residents sipping sweet tea on their porches once were. Slow but steady But Thomas Square is home to more than homes. Businesses are primarily posted along the main thoroughfares, including Bull, Habersham, 37th and Victory streets. (from SavannahNow.com)
Designated a National Register Historic District in 1997, the Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District contains a collection of historic, intact residential, commercial, and community buildings associated with the Thomas Square Neighborhood. Developed in the late nineteenth century, Thomas Square is bounded by Anderson Lane on the north, East Broad Street, roughly Victory Drive on the south, and Montgomery Street on the west. The city electrified the streetcar in 1888 and extended the A and B Belt line south along Whitaker Street into this district, creating a streetcar suburb. The streetcar lines were removed in 1920 due to the increased use of the automobile.
In this district one finds significant examples of Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Italianate, Neoclassical Revival, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, and Craftsman style residential architecture. This area is also rich in community landmarks, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor complex and Herme’s Bakery, the only store remaining from a shopping center at the corner of 32nd and Bull streets. Despite its historic and architectural merit, Thomas Square-Trolley Historic District is threatened by neglect and incompatible uses for its historic structures. (from HSF)
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