The Oakes House - Circa 1903
498 Ridgecrest Dr.
Originally the Lawrenceville home of the Isaac Oakes family, this house has a storied past. Narrowly escaping demolition in the 1970s, it was saved by a couple who relocated it to Norcross where they painstakingly restored it. In the 21st century this house experienced another renaissance with an extensive and exquisite remodel and addition. Even the movie industry has been captivated by the house’s beauty and it’s been featured in several films. In fact, during the filming of “A Walk in the Woods” Robert Redford slept here!
In 2016, Julie and Tom Stewart ended a five-year search by purchasing this house and remodeling parts of it to suit their active family. In the front room, they removed the wall that hid the staircase, allowing views of the bay window that now illuminates the entry while ensuring that the banister’s extension matched the design of the original one. They installed a pool in the back garden and refashioned the kitchen to include marble countertops, modern day fixtures, a U-shaped butler’s pantry, and a galley bar passage joining the kitchen and dining room. An arched window seat now beckons at the back stairway, and upstairs includes an alcove entry to the master bedroom and a redesigned master bath.
The “transitional” décor blends original architectural elements (two sets of pocket doors, original windows and five fireplaces), 21st century upgrades, and a sprinkling of family heirlooms, ensuring the Oakes house continues its tradition as one of Historic Norcross’ finest homesteads.
The Oakes House is sponsored by Explore Gwinnett