Savannah’s Most Prestigious Neighborhood
Ardsley Park, a historic Midtown neighborhood, is known as the most affluent and prestigious neighborhoods in Savannah, GA. With the massive live oak lined street, beautifully landscaped squares, and impressive homes, it is easy to see why. Today, Ardsley Park exudes the charm of Savannah’s late 19ths to early mid-20th century architectural styles, ranging from craftsman style bungalows to southern mansions.
Ardsley Park History: Savannah’s First Suburb
The idyllic Ardsley Park was first developed in 1909 by Harry Hays Lattimore and Williams Lattimore (and other unknown partners), as Savannah’s first automobile suburb. Similar to Oglethorpe’s plans for the Historic District, Ardsley park uses a grid pattern with six park-like squares throughout. Traditionally, larger homes will be found around the squares with smaller homes in between. Ardsley Park began as a small area but has since grown to include the areas between Victory Drive and 55th street from north to south, and Bull Street and Waters Ave from west to east.
Ardsley Park is believed to be named after an aristocratic area of Yorkshire, England, which is fitting for the magnificent homes found here. For nearly thirty years, Savannah architects designed the homes in Ardsley Park and adjoining Chatham Crescent in earlier architectural styles, the most popular being the Colonial Revival style. These homes typical have two stories, a symmetrical front façade with an accented doorway, and evenly spaced windows on either side. While Ardsley Park was designed to attract wealthy out of state residents, some of Savannah’s wealthiest families took up residence instead. Today, Ardsley Park is still home to many of Savannah’s wealthiest families and professionals.
Southern Charm with an Ideal Location
Ardsley Park is conveniently located just five minutes from Savannah’s Historic District, and within walking distance of several neighborhood restaurants and boutiques. Ardsley Park is just blocks from one of Savannah’s largest parks, Daffin Park, which includes a dog park area, padded running track, swimming pool, lakes, tennis courts, and more. Here you will also find the Savannah Bananas baseball stadium, a popular pastime for Savannah residents. From Ardsley Park, there is only a short, scenic twenty-minute drive to the beaches of Tybee Island. With large sidewalks and six shaded parks throughout, Ardsley Park is an ideal area for active and growing families.