In the heart of Savannah, the Baldwin Park neighborhood stands apart as an enclave of historic bungalows, charming craftsmen cottages and grand homes.
Bounded by Victory Drive and 40th Street between Habersham Street and Waters Avenue, this inviting neighborhood is anchored by the iconic circular Baldwin Park, a round green space that’s ideal for family gatherings, children’s play dates and dog walking. Dividing the neighborhood roughly from north to south is Atlantic Avenue, which offers a tree-lined esplanade that runs through Tiedeman Park and culminates at the steps of the Savannah Arts Academy.
Location, Location, Location
With its central Savannah location, the Baldwin Park neighborhood is home to roughly 1,000 residents, the majority of whom own their homes and enjoy the proximity of popular restaurants, friendly local shops, convenience to the bustling downtown cultural scene and quality neighborhood schools. Many amenities are located within easy walking distance of this centrally located neighborhood.
With one of the most active neighborhood associations in Savannah, Baldwin Park stands apart as an engaged neighborhood defined by a block parties ad multi-family yard sales. Friendly and diverse, Baldwin Park is nestled to the southeast of Savannah’s Starland District and north of Ardsley Park.
Baldwin Park reflects Savannah’s growth from the historic Landmark District to modern-day suburbs. After World War II, Savannah developer Harvey Granger of the Chatham Crescent Hotel and Land Co. saw a need for more housing for returning soldiers and their families. Granger looked beyond the Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent area, developed around 1910, to build what became Baldwin Park as city’s housing stock expanded. Originally viewed as part of Chatham Crescent, Baldwin Park was separated from the Chatham Crescent area by Victory Drive, which was originally known as Estill Street.
Range of Architectural Styles
Interestingly, Baldwin Park was one of the first neighborhoods in Savannah conceived entirely in the age of the automobile. Its garages were built with entrances on lanes, and its rounded corners and wider streets reflected a time when cars displaced horses and carriages.
Today, Baldwin Park offers a remarkable range of architectural styles. From large homes fronting Victory Drive to charming bungalows on 40th Street, 41th Street and Maupas Avenue, the Baldwin Park neighborhood showcases an inspired mix of housing types including Neo-Classical, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial, Tudor Revival, Arts and Crafts, Mediterranean, Spanish Revival and Prairie styles. Many of the neighborhood’s homes were designed by notable Savannah architects such as Henrik Wallin, Hyman Witcover, Henry Urban, Olaf Otto, E. Lynn Drummond, Percy Sugden and John LeBey.
Baldwin Park homes are rich in architectural details – including ornate crown moldings, curved door frames, interior pocket doors, fireplaces with built-in bookcase surrounds and decorative tiles – that are simply not available in many new homes. Many Baldwin Park homes have generous floor plans that accommodate the needs of modern residents.
Move-in ready homes are currently available in Baldwin Park. Take the time to explore this historic Savannah neighborhood and to learn more about everything Baldwin Park has to offer.
Staci Donegan is an associate broker at Seabolt Real Estate who provides highly professional, strategic solutions for buyers and sellers throughout the Savannah area. She can be reached at email@example.com or 912-247-2052.