MSRE Meet & Greet Party – The Bittingers on Barnard Street

Neighbors and friends from Historic Savannah’s West Forsyth area gathered recently at Paul and Kelly Bittinger’s new Barnard Street home for a Madison Square Real Estate Meet & Greet Party.  About 40 people dropped by to welcome the couple and their daughter, who attends SCAD, to the neighborhood.  It was a true Savannah get-together:  cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and plenty of animated conversation.

“We met a lot of interesting people,” remarked Kelly Bittinger, who with her husband, was represented by Madison Square Real Estate in their purchase of the 4,400-sq-ft  Victorian house,  making official their relocation from Cincinnati  late last year. “I talked with some people who were really knowledgeable about historic homes and Savannah history. ”

Built circa 1880, the Bittinger’s historic home features a chambered entrance with impressive double-doors, leading to the original parquet foyer, soaring ceilings defined by majestic crown moldings , restored heart pine floors, and eight fireplaces.  It’s a perfect setting for the Asian art, artifacts, antiques and furniture the couple collected in Japan and Korea, where Paul’s position as an executive with Proctor & Gamble landed them for 12 years. Intricate jade carvings bring color and elegance to a turn-of-the century slate mantel.  Hand-carved teak cabinets, celadon ceramics, and decidedly plush furnishings are arranged with fung shui . (Yes, there’s some red.)

The guests were impressed with the house and enthusiastic about the gathering. “It’s really nice. I appreciate the opportunity to meet our new neighbors,” said Cindy Prutzman, whose 1880s townhouse is around the corner on Huntingdon Street.  “This get-together is wonderful for our community.”

Kelly and Paul love their new home.  After 20 years working as a registered nurse, Kelly is especially enamored with her gingerbread-laced side porch, which runs along the south wall of the home.  Korean rattan garden furniture and a new porch swing promise hours of Southern-style relaxation, evenings spent enjoying the balmy air and overlooking a topiary hedge at the front of the house. We’re sure there will be visitors, folks stopping by to say hello and to chit-chat  — much like they did at the Meet & Greet. Savannah’s just that kind of place.  And, actually, the Bittingers already know that: about a year ago, they bought an historic townhouse on Tattnall Street, working with Madison Square Real Estate.

Is owning a wonderful Historic Savannah property right for you? Let’s talk about it! Contact Madison Square Real Estate today. — AB