A Cottage That Was Once a One-Room Schoolhouse

by hookedonhouses on March 3, 2014

Former Schoolhouse 2 Bedroom Cottage Beaufort SCYou probably wouldn’t guess by looking at it, but this cozy two-bedroom cottage in Beaufort, South Carolina, was built in 1850 as the first one-room schoolhouse in the area. Take a look…

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The listing says, “Completely renovated with great pride and attention to detail, it is in perfect move-in condition. Unique features include stunning hardwood floors, ceiling plasters and Savannah brick patio.”

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How fun would it be to decorate a house like this?

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The cottage has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, with about 1,300 square feet.

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It’s hard to imagine this as a schoolhouse. It must have been a small one!

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The listing says, “It’s nestled on an oversized lot in the heart of the Old Point historic district. Walk to coffee shop, library, restaurants, performing arts center and the treasured waterfront park.”

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Visit CIRCA for more photos and details.

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Did anyone else stay up way too late watching the Oscars last night? I was excited to see The Great Gatsby win one for Production Design — I really loved the cottage in that movie!

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Carolyn March 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

Love it. What a charming location. I love walking around historic Beaufort.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com March 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

This is too cute!!!! I love everything… included the coziness! You feel hugged by this cottage.

Great find, Julia!

Have a Blessed week, my friend.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com


Marcia March 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

I wouldn’t change a thing!


Laura March 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

I love it, and yes, it would be fun to decorate. My dream job would be interior designer, but only if all of my clients had the exact same taste as mine. :)


Alie B March 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

Love this! So adorable! The family room just seems to extend into the back yard area…which is fabulous. I could just move in here, without having to do anything! Speaking of not having to do anything…..Julia, weren’t you supposed to be doing nothing but laying on the beach this week? Why are you working? ;)


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

Haven’t left yet! Today we’ve got another snow day with the kids at home, so a beach still seems like a faraway fantasy. Ha.


jep March 3, 2014 at 11:01 am

We lived in South Carolina for four years and would move back except that our grands are nearby here. Oh what a sweet cottage…I love it all and as Marcia said, “Wouldn’t change a thing!” Thanks so much for sharing this one Julia.


Carrie C G March 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Really charming and I love the decor. Kitchen could use a little tending to, and even though it looks bright outside and there are a ton of windows, doesn’t it still seem a bit dark? Maybe a lot of greenery blocking the sun’s rays? Very charming anyway.


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Looks like it’s surrounded by really big, old trees, which could explain it. Probably nice on hot days, though!


Kim March 3, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I grew up in a house that was once a one-room school house. It was moved from the corner by the highway down a gravel road to a 5 acre plot of very prickly land. My parents were the 3rd owners, I believe. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t much left of the origninal schoolhouse other than a beam that was covered up. I’m not even sure if that beam still exists? The previous owners had done some poor renovations and my parents continued with some major renovations over the 40 years they lived in the house. It would be unrecognizable as a one-room schoolhouse now – looks much more contemporary. But I love to imagine it as it once was, so many years ago. How fun to have history like that for your home! And how neat that schoolhouse lights are so easy to find and so in style now?!


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

That’s so neat that you grew up in a house with that much history, Kim. I would’ve loved that!


Janet magina March 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Leaving for Beaufort in 19 days for vacation. I will be walking in the Point area in the evenings, I will be sure to check this out!


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Ooh, lucky you! I love that part of the country.


Aaron@QuinnImagery March 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Amazing house! I’m partial to cottages and homes with history.
I think as far as structure, the only thing I would change would be in the kitchen, particularly the cabinetry. Still a great house just the way it is.

As a side note and completely off the subject….did I miss the post/winner of the kitchen contest? I stop by your blog 2 – 3 times per week, so I am not sure how I missed it (but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did, as my wife’s favorite phrase is “if it was a snake, it would have bit you” whenever I’m looking for something in the pantry that’s right in front of me).
Just wondering.


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Hi Aaron! It feels like yesterday, so I was surprised when I just looked it up to see that I announced the winner last July. Time flies! Anyway, Renita’s kitchen was the winner by (almost) a landslide. You can see the final tally here:



Mary-Agnes March 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I love buildings that have been repurposed; the cottage was so sweet and charming!

And yes, I stayed up for the Oscars last night and was so glad that Gatsby won in the design and costume categories. I went out of my way to watch the movie the night before and was blown away by beauty of it. And yes, the cottage caught my eye right away. I laughed out loud at hearing the rent of $80 a month, even though I know it was the 1920s. I live in an area not too far away from the Gold Coast mansions, several of which I’ve visited, including Oheka, and my personal favorite, the Phipps mansion, which is now known as Old Westbury Gardens.


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Glad I’m not the only one, Mary-Agnes! Yeah, I imagine it would cost a little more than $80 a month now…ha. I’d love to see both Oheka and the mansion at Old Westbury Gardens in person someday.


Carolyn March 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

In our second year of marriage my husband and I with our baby son rented a rambling falling down Victorian on 30+ acres of land not ten minutes from where my husband worked. Rent? $75 a month. And that wasn’t in the 20′s! ;-)


hookedonhouses March 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Wow! That’s pretty amazing.


maddie may March 4, 2014 at 6:32 am

Absolutely love the simple charm of this sweet cottage. As others have said as well I wouldn’t change a thing. It feels like it welcomes you with a big hug……


Joe March 4, 2014 at 10:02 am

As it turns out, My wife and I just bought this cottage, and the settlement date was yesterday, the same date as your blog entry on it. What a coincidence. We love it and can’t wait to move in. All of the furnishings in your pics belong to the person who owned the cottage until yesterday, so we would welcome suggestions from any and all.


hookedonhouses March 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

Congratulations, Joe!! That’s exciting. I just love this house. :)


tammyCA March 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

That’s cool you just bought it! It’s so sweet and charming and sounds like a charming historic town.


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com March 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I LOVE it.


Dean March 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Charm, charm, charm. No denying it. This is the kind of place I would love to be in when it rains. I don’t know if I say that because of the tin roof, the setting, or the light in these photos, but that was the first thing that popped in my head. Congratulations to the new owners!

I watched the Oscars–always do. Great show overall in my opinion. It seemed more down-to-earth than in years past, what with a pizza delivery (hilarious) and taking selfies. I thought Jared Leto and Lupito Nyong’o’s acceptance speeches were great. Absolutely shocked to see Kim Novak at 83–I guess she and Joan Rivers are vying for a title? ;-)


Nita March 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Love this cottage. So cozy. :) I heard mean people say Kim Novak should have stayed home she looked so bad. Terrible. The war on women is fought by other women.


Esther George March 6, 2014 at 5:03 am

Hi Julia this is such a pretty home it must be wonderful to live in. Thank you for sharing. We have been watching weather reports on your side of the world it looks so cold and so magical when it’s snowing. I know you have had enough of winter just like we have had enough of summer (pesky flies and mozzies). Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney.


Sandy March 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Turn on the charm! This would be the perfect house for me hubby and dogs but we would need 2 more bedrooms for our family to visit. This place oozes history and charm and the location is perfect. I adore Beaufort! We could take day trips to Charleston or Savannah! I love your blog. One of my favorite past times is looking at real estate and dreaming of locations to visit.


Brittany March 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I love that house! If only it was in Southern California, I would buy it in a heart beat!!


CIRCA Old Houses March 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Julia, I just got back from vacation and noticed that you posted this! Thank you for writing about it and for linking back to me. This has always been one of my favorite homes on CIRCA. The new owners are very lucky! :-)


hookedonhouses March 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I’m always finding great stuff on your website — love it! Hope you had a nice vacation! :)


Kelly March 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I live 5 minutes from The Point and walk often there. I know of this home and it is adorable.


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