<p>Savannah, GA, is a stunningly beautiful grande dame with many accolades — one of the New York Times’ “World’s Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots” — “Hostess City of the South” — “Southern Bell of the Georgia Coast.” Savannah’s respect for its past is evident in its enduring charm.</p>

 

<p>Liberally dotted with elaborate mansions, historic squares and picturesque cemeteries, Savannah is the embodiment of “charm.” Dating its founding to 1733, this historically rich city was the colonial capital of the Province of Georgia.  The pirates of old maybe gone, but their aura and a decided gothic ambiance is kept alive by the many walking tours, carriage rides, and river cruises. Savannah’s captivating downtown is one of the United States largest National Historic Landmark Districts.  The First African Baptist Church is the nation’s oldest black church.</p>

 

<p>Today a major industrial center and important Atlantic seaport, this “livable city” — with its subtropical climate — is often called America’s “First Planned City.” Its founder, Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, carefully organized the town grid with wide streets and 24 public squares, 21 of which still exist today.  The squares were originally designed to provide colonists a place for military exercises. Historians trace Savannah’s name to many different possible sources — a variant name for the Shawnees, the English term “savanna” for tropical grasslands, etc.  Today its picturesque canals, along with a series of pumps, help prevent the flooding common in early days.</p>

 

<p>Savannah’s port, one of the nation’s most active, has help create a booming economy that, in turn over the decades, has attracted or helped develop a highly educated, successful, sophisticated population.  As this segment mushroomed, so did the amenities those who can afford the very best will demand in cuisine, arts, culture, entertainment, shopping and education, according to Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, Savannah’s premier real estate company.</p>

 

<p>Every turn, every view draws oohs and ahs — 2,300 historic buildings, to be exact. Savannah College of Art and Design’s Habersham Hall was, circa 1887, the Chatham County jail. In the Central of Georgia railroad complex is the world’s first documented restoration of a saw-toothed roof.</p>

 

<p>At the SCAD Museum, the Gray Building holds the distinction of being the nation’s longest railroad office building in continuous use (130 years to be exact).  Even the theme park Six Flags over Georgia recalls the area’s occupations by England, Spain, Georgia, the Confederacy and the United States.  The story’s told that when Civil War Gen. Sherman marched through Savannah, he was so impressed by her beauty, he sent a telegraph to President Lincoln, offering Savannah to him as a Christmas present.</p>

 

<p>Then there’s the story of the Savannah convent where Margaret Mitchell’s cousin retreated in despair after the Catholic Church refused her permission to marry western gunslinger John Henry “Doc” Holliday. She took the name Sister Mary Melanie, and Margaret used that name for her “Gone With the Wind” character Melanie who married Ashley Wilks. (Fun aside, the “real” Melanie said it was okay to use her name, but only for “someone nice.”)</p>

 

<p>And that’s only the beginning of Savannah’s cinematic history. Among the movies filmed here are “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “The Great Santini,” “Gator,” “Something to Talk About,” “The Longest Yard,” “The General’s Daughter,” “The Last Song,” “Roots: The Next Generation,” “Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies” and “Forrest Gump.” Native sons and daughters include Stacy Keach, Omari Hardwick, Charles Colburn, Johnny Mercer, football greats George Atkinson, Kevin Mawae and Kevin Butler, baseball greats Bucky Dent, Gerald Perry, Kenny Rogers and Dustin McGowan, basketball greats Pervis Ellison, boxing champion Al Seegar. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and James Moore Wayne are from Savannah, as was Juliette Gordon Low who founded the Girl Scouts here and too many other celebrities and notables to list.  Paula Deen makes her home in Savannah now, as does Billy Joe Royal.</p>

 

<p>Beer-drinkers take note.  It’s illegal to drink alcohol of any kind on Savannah’s Historic District downtown streets in a container larger than 16-ounces.  To help you avoid breaking this law, the legendary “to-go” cup is available. Be sure you ask for it!</p>

 

<p>Savannah’s booming economy combined with its historical insistence reinforces the importance of a real estate company intimately familiar with the city’s inner vibrations. The Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty award-winning team has achieved this insider’s familiarity, combining it with uncompromising integrity, unparalleled professionalism and unmatched expertise in the field of real estate.</p>