PRICE REDUCTION! Don't miss this premier Victorian home on Circle Drive facing the Lakeyard in the heart of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. The house was constructed by Wallace Bruce, former U.S. Consul and founder of the Florida Chautauqua. Built from the finest materials in the early 1900's as a place to entertain and host visiting dignitaries, this 4BR, 4BA house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The present owners purchased the property in 1994, and began a two-year restoration in which all interior walls and ceilings were removed to allow wiring and plumbing updates. All window trim, baseboards, crown molding, wood trim, and multiple sets of double pocket doors were removed, refinished and replaced. Tray ceilings were installed in the entry,
living room, dining room, and all bathrooms. The original heart pine floors and nine fireplace mantels were refinished. All original brass wall gas sconces (converted to electric) were refurbished. Custom made wood blinds were added to the windows. A further restoration was done in 2005 resulting in a modernized kitchen with granite countertops and built-in appliances, a breakfast room, wet bar, china pantry, and second floor sun porch. 600 square feet of living space was also added in 2005, including a walk-in pantry, laundry room, utility room, home office, fourth bathroom with Jacuzzi, and a multi-level covered and open deck. There is a large room on the first floor with adjoining bath, currently used as a library or music room, which could easily be converted to a downstairs Master Bedroom. The fireplaces in the Living Room and Den have self-vented gas logs. A gorgeous view of the naturally round spring-fed lake can be enjoyed from either the second floor porch or the oversized first floor porch. The gardens surrounding the house have something blooming year-round, including Japanese magnolias, azaleas, camellias, sasanquas, gardenias, roses, ferns and fruit trees. The rear deck is oversized and built for entertaining and is wired for sound and TV. This is a one-of-a-kind, distinctive historic home, perfect for entertaining family and friends. The town of DeFuniak Springs is a historic jewel set in the Florida Panhandle, just 30 minutes from the beautiful white sands of the Gulf beaches, and within easy access of Destin and Panama City. Golf, hunting and fishing are available year-round, and the property has close proximity to the new Panama City International Airport. Although the house is in excellent condition, due to it's age, the property is being sold AS IS.