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Chateau Blessey B&B for sale for $1.65M in Biloxi

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 The entertainment room at Chateau Blessey features a long table just outside of the kitchen.
TIM ISBELL/THE SUN HERALD The entertainment room at Chateau Blessey features a long table just outside of the kitchen.

It was brought back after Hurricane Katrina and now Chateau Blessey, with its amazing views of the water and the Biloxi Lighthouse, is for sale.

"Next week I'm turning 77," said Walter Blessey, who operates the bed and breakfast with his wife, Katherine. "I just think it's time for us to start downsizing."

They plan to continue their catering business, but he said they can do that from another Biloxi location.

"We want to spend more time visiting grandchildren who live in three different states," he said.

The B&B at 1012 Beach Boulevard is listed for $1.65 million. It has five bedrooms, 5- 1/2 baths in 5,645 square feet, and with an upstairs added after the 2005 hurricane, it is like two houses in one.

The Blesseys bought the house in 1987 and spent 15 years renovating it prior to Katrina.

"We spent four years renovating it after Katrina," he said. "It was a challenge. It would have been a lot cheaper and a lot quicker to bulldoze it."

Most of the structure was sound but the hurricane brought 2 feet of water into the house and a tornado destroyed the southeast portion of the home. Because the foundation and roof had to be replaced, the Blesseys converted the upstairs from a small attic into an 1,800-square-foot guest quarters with a full kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths, an office, sitting room and a martini deck overlooking the sunsets on the Mississippi Sound.

"We've had guests from Europe, Canada and the Far East," Blessey said. "They love the place and they like the view." They also are within walking distance of the casinos and the baseball stadium.

The house is complete with a commercial kitchen and Southern charm. "It's one of a kind," he said.

The Blesseys listed the property with Coldwell Banker Alfonso Real Estate and he said, "I just think it's a good time for us."

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