Savannah, Georgia's Starland District is Hotter Than Ever
July 17, 2019
From 1880 until the roaring 1920s, streetcars made it possible for Savannahians to live in what is now known as the Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District or the Starland District. The ease of public transportation supported the development of Savannah, Georgia’s first suburb, featuring large lots and a remarkable collection of architectural styles, ranging from Queen Anne Victorian to Neoclassical Revival.
Although streetcars no longer run through this neighborhood, the Starland District, which is named after the old Starland Dairy that once served as an anchor on Bull Street, is currently experiencing a renaissance, appealing to a wide range of real estate buyers.
Bounded to the west by Montgomery Street, to the east by East Broad Street, to the north by Anderson Lane and the south by Victory Drive, the Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District has gone through many changes over the years and has quickly become one of Savannah, Georgia’s hottest neighborhoods. The New York Times has described the area as a “creative incubator,” attracting artists, entrepreneurs and Savannah College of Art and Design students.
Once home to a significant number of investment properties affected by urban blight, today the Thomas Square neighborhood has been lovingly restored, with magnificent Victorian homes lining shady streets. Popular restaurants like The Vault, Cotton & Rye and Green Truck and inviting cafes like Foxy Loxy and Henny Penny now serve as a magnet, attracting residents from across the area.
The Thomas Square Streetcar Historic District earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and, in the past few years, has appealed to millennials looking for quirky shops, eclectic art galleries, vintage-style cafes and colorful backdrops for Instagram photos. The Savannah College of Art and Design’s renovation of Arnold Hall, located at the corner of Bull and 35th Street, added a steady stream of students to the mix of residents in this eclectic neighborhood.
In recent years, the Starland neighborhood has seen significant increases in property values, as the neighborhood’s reputation has grown. In 2018, the average residential sale price was $323,902, which is more than twice the average sale price of $162,374 in 2013. During the same period, the average price per square foot also doubled, increasing from $70 to $155.
The Bull Street Library and the Gingerbread House, originally built in 1889 and now a popular wedding location, serve as anchors in the neighborhood. The planned Starland Village promises to bring a mix of retail, dining and residential amenities to Bull Street and is expected to spark further development in the neighborhood.
Prices are expected to continue to climb in the Starland District in the future. Now is a great time to invest in this vibrant neighborhood, which offers an exceptional experience for families, young professionals, students and retirees.
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Staci Donegan, an associate broker at Seabolt Real Estate in Savannah, Georgia, is an award-winning real estate professional who has been honored by Real Trends as one of Georgia’s top real estate agents. A leading residential agent for Savannah's National Historic Landmark District, Donegan has a strong work ethic, steadfast commitment to clients and impressive business background that help meet the needs of buyers and sellers across the region.
A former financial and business consultant with a degree in accounting, Donegan currently serves on the budget committee for Savannah Area REALTORS® (formerly SABOR) and on the board of directors for the Savannah Multi-list Corporation. For six consecutive years, Donegan was honored as a Top Producer for her annual sales volume and has earned acclaim as one of Savannah’s leading real estate experts.
For more information or to view Staci's current listings, visit stacidoneganrealestate.com.
About Seabolt Real Estate
Founded in 2006 by broker Elaine Seabolt, Seabolt Real Estate has earned a reputation as Savannah’s premier luxury real estate firm. Specializing in the sale of residential and commercial properties, Seabolt Real Estate has an accomplished team of more than 30 professional agents and serves as coastal Georgia’s exclusive affiliate in prestigious, invitation-only networks ranging from Christie’s International Real Estate to Harry Norman Realtors.
For more information about Seabolt Real Estate, visit seaboltrealestate.com.