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Lowe-Sanders Building
20 East Robert Toombs Avenue
Opportunity Knocks! ~ $397,000    


Nestled amid a row of downtown buildings on the town square in Historic Washington, Georgia, the Lowe-Sanders Building is the perfect place to invest in the growing small business community at the center of Wilkes County. Built in 1883, expertly restored and maintained, this two-story original brick building with coveted cast iron storefront detailing is a classic example of Victorian Commercial architecture with retail on the ground level and living/office space above. The Lowe-Sanders Building has a long history of successful ventures beginning with a mercantile and drug store in its earliest years then several beloved retail shops, including a Christmas Shoppe that attracted visitors from near and far for many years.

Today, the 3,944 SF of groundlevel commercial space serves as the home of a local clothing and accessories boutique and abounds with preserved historic features, including multiple display windows with transoms above to welcome natural light, antique french entry doors, a unique mix of original penny tile and hardwood flooring, lofty coffered ceilings, and mirrored support columns. Extending back to fill the entirety of the downtown lot, the building offers a rear entry/exit just off of an adjacent alley and plentiful square footage for storage, expansion of the customer-facing area, or whatever ingenious idea you can come up with. An original dirt basement extends the length of the property.

Access to the 2,088 SF second level is achieved through an ornate historic doorway just off of the sidewalk with a staircase that ascends to the spacious open-format living space centering the top level of the property. Flooded with sunlight thanks to a well-placed skylight and high ceilings, the living space features an enclave kitchen framed by period support beams and a rounded step-up that helps distinguish it within the open space. All four rooms are accessible to the central living area, as well as a full bathroom and half-bathroom with laundry. Each of the four rooms, most recently used as office space though easily converted to residential use, boasts its own unique features. One rear bedroom is home to a staircase connecting to the downstairs commercial space while the other has a doorway to the expansive rear rooftop (almost as large as the interior!) overlooking the Mary Willis Library, Georgia’s oldest free public library. Both rear rooms have fireplaces anchoring them. Up front, one bedroom features an elevated closet and built-in shelves while the other, connected by original pocket doors, has prime views of the Historic Town Square, including the central fountain, Fitzpatrick Hotel, and Wilkes County Courthouse. All rooms have large double-hung windows providing fantastic light and views.

Whether you’re in search of a place to live out your small town shopkeeper dreams or just a solid investment property with multiple income streams, opportunities abound with the c. 1883 Lowe-Sanders Building. Washington’s historic downtown district is on the upswing with commercial properties moving fast…this is your chance to get in on the action!
Asking $397,000

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