645 E. Anderson
Victorian Worker's Cottage
The Opportunity: HSF is seeking a qualified preservation-minded buyer to sensitively rehab this little jewel of a property. This property is located within easy walking distance of numerous local restaurants and businesses, Savannah Classical Academy, SCAD buildings, and Forsyth Park. HSF can provide technical, design, and professional assistance through the entire rehab process. The minimum bid is $60,000. Buyer is responsible to pay all closing costs. Property to be sold as-is, with no warranties.The deadline to submit a proposal is midnight on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Rehabilitation: Buyers are expected to rehab the property to HSF’s standards. A rendering of the house as it would appear fully restored can be found below. NOTE: The house was originally built with a rear porch that was later enclosed to provide a galley style kitchen and a full bath. (Please click the link below to see the proposed floor plan.) Due to condition and structural issues, that portion of the house has been removed. The buyer may rebuild that enclosed porch, pending design approval from HSF.
History: The house was built as a modest worker’s cottage, most likely for those employed by the railroad. Though it appears on Sanborn Insurance maps drawn up in 1898, the actual year it was built is unknown. Research indicates it was built earlier. At the time of its construction this property was located outside the city limits, thus there are no municipal records that exist, nor does it appear in city phone directories.
Easement: As a condition of sale, Historic Savannah Foundation will place a protective easement on the property, which requires HSF’s review and approval of any new construction; or changes to the existing historic building (to include oversight of certain interior elements). The easement is a legally enforceable deed restriction and runs with the property in perpetuity. Per the easement, substantial work on the subject properties must commence within 5 months of closing, and completed within 18 months of that same date.
If you have any questions about the process or property, please contact the Director of Preservation & Historic Properties, Ryan Arvay, at rarvay@myHSF.org.
HSF’s Revolving Fund Committee will review proposals using a 100-point scoring system based on the following: bid amount (25 points); past experience with historic properties (25 points); intended end-use and preservation plan (25 points); committee discretion based on their knowledge and experience with projects of this kind (25 points).
The deadline for submitting complete bid packages is midnight on Friday, October 1, 2021. Offers can be submitted on-line or by mail to HSF’s office @ 321 E. York St., Savannah, GA 31401