December 15, 2017

Preservation Personals: Discover a Wealth of Options at This Arkansas Folk Victorian

  • By: Nicholas Som

Don’t view me as just another house. Instead, think of me as a large, comfortable, fashionable backpack: I have the space to meet your every need, and I do it in style. Versatility’s my middle name, and that’s why I’m more than worth a closer look.

Built in 1890, I’m a Folk Victorian that sits in the heart of Eureka Springs, Arkansas’ “Silk Stocking District.” In other words, most of the houses in my neck of the woods tend to be on the grandiose side. While I wouldn’t use that word to describe myself, I certainly have an abundance of lovely features.

They start with my wraparound porch, perfect for enjoying Arkansas summers in the shade. But it won’t be much longer before you realize I have not one, but two front doors! Remnants of a bygone era, they once opened into separate men’s and women’s parlors, which now serve as my foyer and home office.

Choosing the foyer entrance leads to a pair of French doors, which open into a living room flooded with natural light. In addition, the kitchen is directly adjacent, making the trip from the microwave to the couch more efficient than ever! Of course, that’s far from its most appealing feature—concrete countertops and a tiled backsplash give the room a rustic, yet modern feel. Best of all, the floor tiles in both the living room and kitchen are heat-controlled, keeping your feet warm in the winter months!

Remember when I mentioned how versatile I was? Well, if you follow the stone path that meanders through my backyard, you’ll find a two-story guest cottage that definitely qualifies. It’s a licensed bed & breakfast with an open living area, full bathroom, and a modern kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Whether you’d prefer to use it for visitors or to bring in a steady income, the choice is entirely yours.

When it comes to me, the possibilities are nearly endless. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of an Arkansas Folk Victorian.

photo by: Mark Mattmiller

265 Spring Street, Eureka Springs AR, 72632.

The kitchen of an Arkansas Folk Victorian.

photo by: Mark Mattmiller

The journey from the kitchen to the living room couldn't be any easier.

The bedroom of an Arkansas Folk Victorian.

photo by: Mark Mattmiller

The French doors leading to my master bedroom are framed with bookcases.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

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