Have a spare $1M? The Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast in Mobile can be yours

Kate Shepard House
Live (& work) in a piece of Mobile history. (Gulf Coast CMLS)

One of Mobile’s most recognizable and famous bed & breakfasts, the Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast (B&B), is currently for sale with a price tag of a whopping $1M. Keep reading to learn all about the house, details on the listing and speculation on the future of the B&B.

About the Kate Shepard House

The Kate Shepard House is a 1897 Queen Anne Victorian style home that’s listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Mobile Historic Development Commission. It’s situated in the gorgeous midtown Old Dauphin Way Historic District, a quiet neighborhood with that old Southern charm, just a few minutes from downtown Mobile.

This opulent home is over 4000 sq.ft. of Mobile history that has served the community as a bed & breakfast for just under 20 years. It even has its own episode on HGTV’s If Walls Could Talk, which featured “The McRae Papers,” a set of Civil War-era artifacts uncovered by the home’s current owners.

Architecture fans have flocked to the home for years, since the floor plan was picked from a catalogue of designs by famous architect George Franklin Barber.

About the listing

This huge Queen Anne Victorian has a total of six bedrooms, two of which are being used as B&B rentals. However, the property is zoned for up to four rental bedrooms, giving new owners the option to expand the B&B.

In the rest of the home, there’s common areas like a dining room, library, study, butler’s pantry, music parlor and large kitchen.

The intricate architecture still has some original features like multiple mantles, stained glass & bay windows, hardwood flooring and ornate chandeliers.

The home also includes many original antiques and artifacts like “The McRae Papers” and a 1888 Steinway concert grand piano. There’s a complete catalog of artifacts available to prospective buyers.

Future of the bed & breakfast?

It seems, for now, that the Kate Shepard House will remain a Bed & Breakfast after its sale. The home is listed as an income-producing property and includes many historical furnishings and artifacts relevant to the home operating as a Bed & Breakfast.

Furthermore, recipes and training will be offered to bring new owners up-to-speed on properly running the B&B. Since the house is cleared by the city to rent up to four rooms by-the-night, there’s a chance the Kate Shepard house may even grow after being sold!

The home has been on the market for about 200 days, so we’ll keep you updated on the future of this historic home.


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