Gracious Living In The Charleston Battery

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Charleston South Carolina has been having a moment lately, but then again, when hasn’t it been a desirable spot? It’s consistently been ranked as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Cities In the World and was ranked as the best city in the United States by Travel + Leisure in 2014. What makes Charleston such a great place to visit or live? It’s a potent mix of history, beauty, great weather, and world-class cuisine.

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One of the places that tourists and first-time visitors find completely alluring is the Battery. The seawall facing the water is known for beautiful antebellum homes, many that bear the names of the cities older families. Most of the homes have large wide porches perfect for sitting on and taking in the sea air or simply watching the seemingly endless procession of people making their promenade down the street as they have for several hundred years.

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Today’s estate was built in 1835 and is what’s known as a Double House. Single houses are homes that are built one room wide whereas Double Houses face full length to the street and have a central hallway running through the house with four rooms on each floor, two in the front and two in the back.

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The home was renovated in 2006 including the kitchen, master bath, dining room and adjacent porch. Through the large central entrance, ornamented with half columns and elegant moldings, there is a formal room on either side, each rich in historic detail and in a bit of history.

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Legend has it that George Gershwin was a friend of the owners and played for guests in the parlor. The dining room flows from one of the formal rooms into the kitchen and butler’s pantry.

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The kitchen has been modernized with custom cabinetry, top quality fixtures, and a family space with a fireplace and rear stairs. A partially covered deck off the kitchen provides space for outdoor entertaining and there is a laundry room at the rear of the carriage house with an extra dishwasher and storage.

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The second floor has a large master suite that is accessible from the rear stairs. It has a renovated bathroom and his and hers closet space. The third level includes two bedrooms, each with a full bath.

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In addition to the carriage house the deep lot has a two-car garage and garden space. The top floor balcony provides a view over the area toward White Point Gardens.

Carriage Properties is representing this home listed at $2.995 million.

Deidre WoollardDeidre Woollard is a real estate publicist who founded Luxist.com (later part of AOL.com), realtor.com, and is now a leading real estate publicist achieving placement for agents and properties in Architectural DigestThe Hollywood ReporterLos Angeles TimesCurbed, and more. She’s passionate about the intersection of branding, marketing, and writing, something she’s been able to pass on while teaching at UCIrvine Extension in their Digital Journalism program. In her spare time, you can find her under a tree reading on her iPad. Explore more great properties at LeverageRE.com.