• Bonner Herring

An Absolute Dream!

Bonner Herring and Joann Kimball of RE/MAX Southern Coast present


301 E Bay Street

Southport, NC 28461

4 beds • 5.5 baths • 6,026 sq ft


Preservationists and architectural aficionados will delight in this easily recognizable Federal or Adam Style home built in the early 1800s. Originally built by Benjamin Blaney, a carpenter from Massachusetts for NC Gov. Benjamin Smith (1810-11) as his summer residence. Local craftsmen and materials were sought out and the home has incorporated the iconic Southport Bow signature trim over the high windows.

Elegant plaster crown moldings line the tall ceilings and the second-floor rotunda is reached by the curved staircase.

Harvested century-old heart pine floors tell the tales of notable guests from its use as The Brunswick Inn.

The home boasts seven fireplaces, Fleur De Lis stained glass transoms, and a sweeping front porch that welcomes you into the first level. Adjacent to the open foyer are the parlor and library.

The sophisticated dining room's glorious feature is its two-story hanging crystal chandelier.

The second story will host three sleeping quarters with private bathrooms for each.

Here you will also find the observatory. Sit and relax, or keep a lookout for ships bringing their trades just as they did so during the early maritime days on the Cape Fear River.

Another one of the many Bedrooms.

Meander down to the finished basement area which has three private entrances from the exterior.

This space has been conditioned for a recreation room or extra storage. It has been said to have hosted many ballroom soirées. Meticulously renovated, the current owner kept in the true style of the times and has updated with modern conveniences.

The kitchen has been completely redone with crisp white shaker-style cabinets.

Sparkling new appliances along with a Portuguese hand-painted tile panel in indigo blue.

Each room has been elegantly designed with stunning furnishings and art that is picture-perfect for anyone with refined tastes.

Spend your evenings on the front porch being enchanted by this historical gem in the small coastal town of Southport.


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