Sunday, June 14, 2015

Artists/writers paradise for sale in Pearl River County, Mississippi. Located off Highway 43 North, just one hour from New Orleans, two hours from Baton Rouge and one hour from Bay St. Louis, MS. This property includes a 2000 sq foot home with two 10' x 60' covered porches, 11 ceiling fans inside and out, central air and heat, garden bathtub in one bathroom and shower in another, on 5 fully fenced acres, a fully contained studio guest apartment in a separate building, a full size barn/studio, 2 pastures for horses/goats, one with a structure, large shaded run for dogs, mature oak trees covering the average, several raised beds, an herb garden, lemon tree, two mature fig trees, two mature loquat trees, several pomegranate trees,  a willow tree, blueberry bushes, many ornamental plants, the entire perimeter of property lined with clumping bamboo and other plants for complete privacy, sweet water well with option to connect to county water, and septic system.

This property was purchased by an artist a year after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home and studio on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She designed the house as her idea of the perfect home for an artist, and as a safe haven from the threat of future storms. The house is built of steel with a very strong I-beam superstructure and steel siding, roof and cathedral ceilings. The kitchen/dining/living area is a large (1000 sq ft) open area with three ceiling fans, large windows and two sets of French doors that look out on gardens and lawn areas. A guest bathroom with shower has been hand painted by the artist, and a side door leads to a mudroom. A large walk-in pantry is lined with built-in shelves for food and dish storage.

The second half of the house is also approx. 1000 sq ft, and is accessed from the rest of the house through a small hallway with two sets of French doors for privacy and shelter from noise. The one bedroom in the house is spacious and secluded, with two sets of French Doors, a sitting area one one end and a bed on the other. A large walk-in closet features built-in shelves, and hand painted border on the walls. A roomy office also leads off from the bedroom, with a large window and hand-painted border on the walls. Both of these rooms could easily be converted into small bedrooms. The master bath has a separate room with toilet and sink, and a garden tub nestled in a hand-built cyprus surround in the main room.

The flooring in the entire structure is acid-etched concrete-easy to keep clean, durable and an attractive, rich sienna color. The walls are all bead board panels, and there is a large attic space for storage of seldom-used items. The same etched concrete continues outside on the two covered porches, providing a seamless, clean connection between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Six outdoor ceiling fans provide relief from heat and help keep any mosquitos at bay. A breakfast area graces one end of the front porch and on the back porch, an outdoor fenced hot-water shower covered with a living "roof" of vines and flowers adds a fabulous exotic touch to the home.

The garage features room for a car, plus a studio apartment with kitchenette and room for a dorm size refrigerator and a hot plate. It also has a bathroom with shower. The garage area also has an unfinished addition that is presently being used as an expansion of the living space for the person in the apartment. This area has hook ups for a washer and dryer and there is ample space for a full size refrigerator. The apartment is heated and cooled by a motel-style unit.

The main barn on the property has been used as an artist studio by the owner. It is unfinished, large, and spacious with a large loft.

The landscaping on this property is extensive, and has all been designed by the artist. Daylilies line the driveway as it winds from the road to the house, which is hidden from view of the road. Several raised beds in the back yard provide for a beautiful view from the porch, and there is a fire pit located underneath a mature live oak tree, draped with Spanish moss.

This magnificent property is priced at $175,000. For more information or to schedule a visit, please email It is also available for rent. The rental price of the house is $900 per month, and the rental price on the studio apartment is $400. References and deposits required.