House Tour – Union Springs, AL

Earlier this month, we took a trip to Union Springs, Alabama.
It’s a small, laid-back town located about an hour and a half southeast of where we live. Century-old Victorian homes line many of the streets around town, and the ones that are for sale are priced incredibly low because of the towns proximity to the nearest large city (it’s a 30 minute drive) and because they are in need of lots and lots of love.

Fun Facts about Union Springs:

Population: 2,989
Elevation: 522 feet
Antique houses: Tons
Number of seconds it took for us to fall head over heels in love with the house in the video you’re about to see:

Isn’t she beautiful? I swear to you, I’ve had two dreams about her since our visit!

Here’s how the ad for the house reads:

Victorian House with lots of extras!
Columned porch with porch swing, columned entrance open to extra wide foyer, 5 mantles and hardwood floors throughout. Extra tall pocket doors and original wainscoting in the Dining Room. Large butlers pantry with built-in china cabinet, clawfoot tub in bathroom, irrigation system, magnolia and fruit trees.

Just needs a little TLC!
Sold “AS IS” but owner is willing to renovate more with price adjustment.
Fantastic Opportunity!”



Here are some photos we took while strolling around the house…

What do you think? “The Lettered Cottage B&B”?
After all, the ad does say it “just needs is a little
T(he) L(ettered) C(ottage)!”


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  1. Carol says

    It is EXQUISITE! Everything I saw about it screams- “COME HOME TO MAMA”- and do it NOW!! What a steal- what a jewel- a diamond in the rough………..but the detail………..the columns- the tall windows and DOORS- the porch-the wainscotting- the clawfoot tub with the sunfilled window behind it- I would want to nest there and remodel till the cows come home- Good luck- have fun! Cant wait to see AFTER pics!

  2. Virginia says

    Layla: You missed a beauty! ALL of us would have devoured each and every step you took bringing that house back to life! I’m new to your website, did you end up buying another property instead? I would love to see the before & after.

  3. Zaria says

    The house is just beautiful…It was a steal at 55k! I know this is an old post, but what caught my eye was that you labeled it the MLK house. I immediately thought of Dr. Martin Luther King and wanted to see his former home, LOL. What does the MLK stand for? :)

  4. says

    I want to thank you for featuring Union Springs. I have been looking at RE in the South to relocate to and a couple of years ago, stumbled upon “USA”, as they call it. This house you featured was on my list!! I got goosebumps watching your video. On the market now is another fantastic Antebellum set on 3 acres with two add’l cottages for $110!! The home belonged to Miss. Bonnie of Bonnie Nursery. She started that business right there in that house on that land with seeds! LOVE the history. LOVE that every single thing tells a story of The U.S.A.

  5. Kim says

    Hi Layla, I first came to your website via The Pioneer Woman and I’m so glad I found you. Believe it or not my parents are from Union Springs, Alabama. I can’t believe you found it. My uncle still lives there. Can you tell me what street it’s on, if you remember? I can’t wait to show them your website. They moved away when they were first married over 40 years ago and have lived in New Orleans ever since. My grandmother lived in Union Springs until about 2000 and then she moved here. It’s such a beautiful little town and the houses are all so statuesque and grand. We would visit there twice a year when I was growing up and I have many fond memories of hanging out at Hardee’s with the other teenagers. Thanks so much for posting the pictures. If you get to see it again please post some pictures. I’d love to see it brought back to its original glory.

    • Layla says

      Hey Kim!
      That house is on Martin Luther King Drive (or Street?), and it was purchased a few years ago by someone who is currently working on it. We haven’t been back to see it, but we were glad to know someone snapped it up! :-)

  6. says

    Layla, rockin’ post, here! You guys make Alabama look inspired.

    Question: are you concerned with issues such as lead in paint, etc?

    Kindred spirits. I would love to buy up all of these houses. I just don’t want to go back to small-town Alabama. 😉

    • Layla says

      Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for the kind comment! :-) I published this post several years ago, and we moved into a new home last Fall, so I don’t have any experience with lead-based paint. (Yet!) 😉

  7. Maria from Oz says

    You do know you made me cry, right? That home is pretty much my dream home! Plus that song by Cyndi is one of my most emotionally charged memory songs. I hope the new owners let you come back to have a look see. I’m hoping they did it up with the things I had in my imagination. If only I could find a house like those in Union Springs here in Australia!!!!

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