Rose Hill has long been a fixture "Between the Rivers." The iconic home retains and proudly features much of its original 1910 architectural detailing, complemented by luxury finishes and modern amenities. With spaces to entertain, work and relax, this one-of-a-kind residence embodies livable elegance. Just before entering the 5-bedroom, 4.1-bathroom main house, guests are greeted by a vast, shaded veranda framed by six 25-foot tall cypress Ionic columns. Beginning at the threshold of the 9-foot tall front doors, the grand foyer extends more than 75 feet--the entire depth of the house--to a matching set of double doors. The front parlor is decorated with gold and white fabric wall coverings. Across from the parlor is the library. One of the roomâs focal points, set off by red damask wallpaper, is an original built-in bookcase with glass cabinet doors. The banquet-sized dining room at the base of the grand staircase features its own fireplace. The fully-stocked kitchen is a gastronomeâs dream, anchored by a suite of high-end appliances and framed by custom cabinetry and marble countertops. The flexibility of the gorgeous, utilitarian space makes it perfect for any occasion--whether preparing for a casual night at home or turning over the reins to a professional caterer for a special event. Across the foyer from the dining room is the primary suite. This private retreat includes a large bedroom with fireplace, French doors that lead to the conservatory, and custom walk-in closet. An adjoining five-piece spa-inspired bathroom features breathtaking book-matched marble walls. UPSTAIRS, a large central hall offers an additional living area and space for entertaining. Just off of the central hall are four additional bedrooms, each with original fireplaces as their respective focal points. Three completely updated designer bathrooms offer custom marble tile and high-end plumbing fixtures. TECHNOLOGY is discreetly hidden, paying respect to the craftsmanship of the home while enhancing the quality of life, including multi-zoned HVAC and high-speed internet. Surround sound speakers are concealed in the plaster ceilings and play host to a variety of different music and media streaming services. Security cameras and alarms provide residents with an added layer of comfort, ensuring the home is well-protected. OUTSIDE the opulence continues. A casual back porch doubles as an outdoor living room with space for everyone to watch the game or enjoy an evening by the fire. The heated saltwater pool and spa offer a pleasant respite year-round. Across from the pool deck is a fountain with an adjacent, custom-built pavilion, capable of hosting 24+ guests for an al fresco celebration. A 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom guest house sits above the 2-car garage and 2-space carport. An attached powder room and laundry room are dedicated specifically to serving pool guests. The HISTORY of Rose Hill is rich, multi-faceted and deeply connected not only to the story of Rome, but of the South as well. The original Gothic Revival house located on this site was constructed in approximately 1850 on a lot that spanned the entire block. Named for the beautiful gardens that originally surrounded the first home, the estate was initially owned by Charles H. Smith, known by his pen name, Bill Arp. During the Civil War, the original home was occupied by Union officers and was ground zero for the planning of Gen. Shermanâs March to the Sea. A famous photo of Shermanâs officers sitting around a dining table beside an oak sapling was taken just outside in the front yard. The sprawling Southern estate was later subdivided. One home constructed two doors down belonged to the Rev. Samuel Axson. His daughter, Ellen, would later marry Woodrow Wilson and become First Lady. Among her accomplishments was the creation of the famous Rose Garden at the White House. One can only speculate if she drew her inspiration from the gardens of Rose Hill.
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