Shortly after the Civil War, Capt. William Marion Gillespie purchased 40 acres of woods for $840 and created Gillespie Farm. After his death, the farm was subdivided into lots with the first home of the new ''subdivision'' being 749 Gillespie, also known as the Carnahan home after his daughter Frances Gillespie Carnahan. Even now in 2023, this historic gem continues to evoke all the feelings of the quintessential Belhaven home. The impressive architectural features of the front porch welcome visitors inside this 4 bedroom, 3 bath beauty to enjoy countless noteworthy details such as soaring 11 ft ceilings, rich wood floors, detailed moldings, five decorative fireplaces and unique, hand-carved, original light fixtures. The formal living room boasts a coffered ceiling, window seat and built-ins to display books and collectibles. The dramatic dining room will provide the perfect setting for dinner parties- from the beautiful built-in leaded glass china cabinets to the substantial sliding pocket doors with original hardware, guests will have much to admire. Another living area adjoins the living and dining rooms, creating a wonderful flow for entertaining. This additional living area provides a more casual spot for TV watching or reading. There is also a guest bedroom with its own bathroom on this level, which the sellers currently use as an office. The thoughtfully renovated kitchen provides stylish updates while remaining true to the character of the home. Sleek granite countertops and stainless appliances including double convection ovens, Thermador gas cooktop, and separate Thermador column refrigerator and freezer create an updated aesthetic, while the glass front cabinets closely mimic the original windows and tie the space together. There is also a built-in desk which provides the perfect spot to keep the household organized. The master bedroom enjoys wonderful natural light, as does the all-white recently renovated mater bath with quartz countertops, undermount sinks and designer faucets. But the real highlight of the all-new master bath is the custom shower with decorative tile accents and frameless glass door. Both the master bath and kitchen open onto the massive deck that spans the length of the back of the home and overlooks the expansive, fully-fenced backyard. Imagine the parties you could host on this spacious deck. A handsome wood bannister provides a touch of architectural interest in the stairway leading to the light and airy bonus space downstairs. Currently being used as a kids' den, this flexible space could also be a home office, game room, home gym, etc. There are also two bedrooms and a hall bath off the bonus space. One bedroom offers built-ins and a spacious walk-in closet, while the second features a decorative fireplace. The door to the kids' den opens onto a large covered porch, in addition to a well-kept deck, both overlooking the roomy backyard. The abundant and varied outdoor spaces all provide plenty of options for entertaining. Guests can gather on the front porch for a drink and then stroll to the nearby Fertile Ground Brewery, Pulito Osteria, Elvie's or The Good Bar to continue the fun. Call your realtor today and don't miss this very special home!
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