Stunning River Views from Stately Bayfront Beauty! Rarely do Flagler Era homes become available and this enchanting home is one not to be missed. Built in 1910 and meticulously renovated between 2010 and 2012, the Bodley/Bennett residence was brought back to its former glory. Designed by famed architect Fred A Henderich and constructed as the winter home for FW Bodley Family and then later owned by Thomas B Bennett, of the Model Land Company and Florida East Coast Railway, this stately residence overlooks the Matanzas River with spectacular views from every floor. The third floor balcony is the absolute icing on the cake!
With over 4000 SF the home has been expanded to include 6 Bedrooms and 5 full baths. A legal duplex, the entire first floor is a 2 bedroom 1 bath with a wonderful living room and gas fireplace. The kitchen/dining room has charming leaded glass cabinets and the main bedroom includes a beautiful four poster bed, with both areas providing more views. There is a full bath with a bath and walk in shower as well as a guest bedroom/den, or office, should you need it. Previous rents were in the $2000 to $2500 range. The 2nd and 3rd floor are all part of the family retreat that has served the current owners well. Visit the "Fairy Room" with its secrets and surprises. Enjoy the wonderful family room full of built-ins and window seats that every Victorian girl would have swooned over! The huge family dining room where you can host your guests for scrumptious meals, served from the updated kitchen, including custom cabinets and drawers for all your kitchen storage needs. A main bedroom suite includes 2 bathrooms, one with tub and one with a walk in shower. Closets with many built-in features and a laundry room with a wet sink. Enjoy the view from the west windows of the beautiful garden at the Oldest House complex. The 3rd floor might just be your favorite. Reclaimed floors from a New York subway station will wow you. A time capsule in the "Sky Room" will surprise you and the wonderful cubbies will tickle your children pink! The sky becomes one with the house when you enter the Sky Room. Enter the 3rd floor balcony and deck and become one with the view. Stunning vistas of the Bridge of Lions, the the Lighthouse and the South river. You will feel like you have a balcony view of St. Augustine and you do!
The 100 year old Cedar Shake exterior was replaced with beautiful new shakes in the 2010-2012 remodel. Elaine D'Arnold, Contractor of choice for Historic Homes in St. Augustine, handled all phases of the renovation resulting in top quality and many custom features. The Copper Roof and gutters are approximately 20 years old and are a rare, high quality.
Parking is not a problem. The garage with a 10,000 LB lift and room for 2 vehicles and 2 parking spaces in the driveway serve the home well.
There is so much more to share. Please see our list of details and beautiful upgrades attached, or list can be provided upon request.
This home is located in HP1 Historic District and is limited to 30 day rentals.