When I think of Ardsley Park, a number words come to mind – shady, stately, and rarefied, to name a few. Tall live oaks cast their shadows over well-kept lawns and driveways. Sidewalks and bike paths make the area a fabulous choice for active families, retirees, and young couples alike. Greenways and parks provide a rest from the busy downtown.
The secluded, quite atmosphere makes sense when you dig into the history of the neighborhood. Ardsley Park is considered Savannah’s first suburb. The neighborhood is highly coveted in Savannah for its location and family-friendly feel. Schools like Charles Ellis Montessori Academy and the Savannah Arts Academy make it prized for families as well.
Commercial corridors can be found along the perimeter of the neighborhood on Waters Avenue and Bull Street, but the neighborhood is mainly residential. It is a calm, cool retreat where you can get away from it all while still being close to it all.
Here are my five reasons to live in or visit Ardsley Park.
1. Quiet, Traffic-Free Streets – The Chatham Crescent neighborhood (a small enclave within Ardsley Park) features roundabouts and arched boulevards that slow down car speeds and deter through traffic. Homes have sizable front lawns, set back from the sidewalk, giving the neighborhood a spacious feel. Old growth live oaks create shade and an established, lived-in atmosphere.
2. Proximity to Downtown and Amenities – Located south of Victory Drive and bounded by Bull Street and Waters Avenue, Ardsley Park is close to downtown while still feeling tucked away. The up-and-coming Starland District is just blocks to the north featuring restaurants, shops, and a brewery. Whole Foods, Target, Kroger, and Home Depot are located just to the east on Victory Drive. Tybee beaches are just a short drive away. The Truman Parkway to the east also makes the neighborhood accessible and connected.
3. Parks and Greenspaces – Ardsley Park features multiple parks and greenspaces that break up the streets and create gathering places for families and neighbors to meet and grass where dogs can roam (on a leash of course). A few parks along Bull Street are modeled off of the famous downtown Savannah squares and a quadrant of circular parks frame the Chatham Crescent neighborhood.
4. Architecture – Founded just after World War I, the housing stock features stately Neoclassical Revival and Late Victorian mansions as well as smaller Craftsman-style and Spanish Revival bungalows. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, meaning the vernacular of the buildings will always remain. Pricing can range from near $300,000 for one of the smaller bungalows south of Washington Avenue to double that (or more) for one of the larger Tudor or Colonial Revival mansions in the Chatham Crescent neighborhood.
5. Access to Outdoor Activities – From the track at Daffin Park to the bike lanes on Washington Avenue and Habersham Street, Ardsley Park is great for runners, walkers, and bikers. An abundance of trees make for a shaded stroll.
Ardsley Park’s location and history are a huge draw for home seekers looking for proximity to amenities and schools. Homes range in size and price range making this neighborhood accessible to a variety of buyers. Visit for a bike ride or stay for a lifetime – this is a place to find a forever home.