The Key Hole House, an exuberant, three story red brick Queen Ann Victorian home, has 5300 sq. feet of open living space, beautiful heart of pine original flooring, seven original fireplaces with ornate mantels, eight original floor to ceiling windows, twelve foot ceilings, 18 inch thick brick walls and exposed beams in the kitchen and third floor. The craftsmanship and history of this unique property simply cannot be duplicated. The home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been lovingly restored and maintained over the past 30 years by the current owners, Dennis and Darlene Christian.
The Key Hole House, featured in numerous regional and national publications, is perfect for conversion to a Bed and Breakfast Inn or as is for the dream retirement retreat. Located in a major tourist destination as well as being designated a Certified Retirement Community,Natchez hosts numerous annual events that attract thousands of visitors. Natchez is often named one of the Top Ten destinations by national publications. More information on activities in Natchez can be found athttp://www.visitnatchez.com/.
Custom-constructed in 1890 from a pattern by nationally recognized architect George F. Barber, The Key Hole house is designed for gracious living. A wide front porch welcomes guests through a white keyhole shaped arch; on the second floor, the Keyhole theme repeats in a tall, stone framed window off the master suite.
Entering through the double cut-glass and wood doors, one steps onto wide plank heart pine floors in front of the first of seven ornate, decorative original fireplaces and carved mantles. To the left, through double, solid heart pine pocket doors, the living room or main parlor opens onto the dining room or can be closed off with another set of pocket doors.
Wainscoting in the dining room and hall gleams with its original heart pine luster. Floor to ceiling original windows invite in bright sunlight and, from the living room, offer access to the front porch. Floor to ceiling windows off the dining room access the original carriage way that is now a small patio.
Back through the hallway, past a half-bath furnished with a pull chain Victorian toilet and antique dresser, the 20 x 20 foot den features a wood burning fireplace with original mirrored mantel and a floor to ceiling window which opens onto another ornate Victorian porch.
The kitchen and breakfast area also has tall windows and numerous custom built cabinets. Counter tops of cracked slate blend with the stainless steel refrigerator, built in oven and dishwasher. However, the owners are taking their antique Chambers stove with them, so the buyer will have the opportunity to provide the natural gas cooking appliance of their choice.
Up the carved banister staircase, the wide hallway features a unique convex plaster wall. The large bedroom on the opposite side reflects the resulting concave wall. This bedroom has an original fireplace as well and a floor to ceiling window opening on to a tree shaded balcony.
In the light-filled master suite, floor to ceiling windows offer access to two balconies. The master bath features an antique bathtub on legs, walk-in shower, and double vanity and the original fireplace and mantle. Another original fireplace and mantle is located next to a wall of closets. Two more bedrooms and one bath complete the second floor.
The third floor suite includes a separate sleeping enclave defined by wrought iron panels, a 700 sq. ft. living area, bath with shower, separate sauna, built in bar with refrigerator and soaring gabled ceiling with exposed rafters . Arched windows in the top of the gables allow light to flood in. Custom book cases made from lumber salvaged from the third floor renovation and several nooks and crannies provide additional storage space. This floor has its own A/C system as do each of the other floors.
Outside, on the second floor, the rear gallery overlooks the swimming pool enclave. Completely enclosed by a seven ft. brick fence, the spacious pool and deck features three large planted areas and a green space under a centuries old pecan tree. All are maintained by an automatic sprinkler system.
The raised patio provides a perfect outside entertainment area. Beyond the fence, a grassy yard area and a second level with a custom designed childs play house complete the one acre estate.
A large room with a half bath located across the lower gallery from the kitchen is currently used as a laundry and changing area for the pool but could be another sleeping area. Paved parking for four to six cars is provided outside the brick fence. Access to the unfinished basement is either by a staircase near the laundry room or from the parking area.
This one acre, corner lot on the main street of Natchez's historic district is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the Mississippi River, through the downtown shopping area to the Gazebo, an ideal location for viewing the spectular sunsets. The Keyhole House is on the National Register of Historic Places and featured in publications shuch as Old House, Victorian Housesof Mississippi, Classic Natchez and Colonial Homes.
The home is shown by appointment only and prospective buyers must demonstrate proof of funds.
For Sale By Owner Home Prices for Natchez, Mississippi 39120