Thursday, June 30, 2022

Where We Live: Candy-colored 1905 cottage in Southport

The 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage is celebrating its 113th birthday this year.

SOUTHPORT—This 113-year-old Southport cottage packs a lot of color into a small package.

The Dixson-McDonald House is a petite cottage framed by a live oak tree on 110 West George Street. For its 100th birthday in 2005, architect Paul Arroyos oversaw an extensive renovation and went to great lengths to update it while preserving the elements of the cottage that make it so distinctive.  

The candy-colored two-story home boasts classic historical embellishments such as the white picket fence, expansive front porch, metal roof, transom window over the front door, tulip design shutters and cut-leaf railings. Heart pine floors and original beadboard accents greet you upon entrance.

Real estate agent Robert Carroll said, “This is a happy home. It is impossible not to feel it when you walk in the door.”

While only 1500 square feet, the cottage has two sitting areas, one of which opens to the kitchen and has a fireplace with a gas insert, a downstairs master bedroom and full bath with tiled shower and pedestal sink, two upstairs bedrooms, and an upstairs guest bath with claw foot tub and custom vanity.   

The home’s kitchen features a pink retro-style refrigerator, display shelves, glass drawer pulls, beadboard cabinet facing and skylights over the dining nook.

The private backyard is big enough to host a large gathering under the trees. A garden shed, slate patio, screened in attached rear porch and an outdoor shower round out the space.

According to Robert, “Everyone wants an outdoor shower.”

The front yard garden has been replaced with white decking which covers the entire space enclosed by the white picket fence.

For more information about this week’s home or to view the property, contact Robert Carroll of Re/Max Southern Coast at 910.465.2717.

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