Christy and Michael Beckham wanted a home with character.
When they initially tried to purchase their historic Greene Street home, there were already a half dozen other offers on it. Six months later, Christy was driving down the street and saw that it was for sale. They made an offer and got their dream home.
“They were asking half of what we tried to buy it for six months before,” Christy said. “The second that I saw the house … I looked through the window, and I could see the staircase and the stained glass window. I wanted the house immediately.”
The 5,775-square-foot, colonial revival style home was built in 1899. The former home of Robert A. Fleming Jr., a wealthy boot and shoe maker, is listed on the historic register.
Over the years, it has served as an Elk’s Club, ballet studio, foster home for girls and bed and breakfast, the Oglethorpe Inn. It still has the original carriage house in the backyard. This is the first time a family has lived in the home since the original family lived there, Christy said.