Named the most romantic city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Charleston’s charms are hard to shake. At least that’s what David Szlam told T&L back in 2015. “If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” said Szlam. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh-steamed oysters — the list goes on and on.” Hang tight, we’re googling flights to Charleston as we speak.
But in all seriousness, Charleston is a place of romance. What is more alluring than pastel-colored mansions and cobblestone streets? In fact, Charleston is so romantic, it was named the best city for a romantic escape in T&L’s Favorite Places Survey. Readers were tasked to rank American cities across 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch — the very things that couples are drawn to.
Of course, our love affair with Charleston is nothing new. This week, with Valentine’s Day looming, we look at two Charleston waterfront retreats that afford all the romance of a Nicholas Sparks novel. And the price points might surprise you.
Splurge: Riverland Terrace Home 15 Minutes From Town For $2.6M
This Charleston property takes the sugar shack concept to an entirely new level! When you and your honey are looking to get away, why not skip town and head to your own waterfront sanctuary?
This six-bedroom, four-full-and-two-half-bathroom dream is ideally located 15 minutes from town on a secluded 1.23-acre lot.
Gated and secure, it sits among lushly landscaped grounds with impressive waterfront views.
Among the highlights are gracious interiors, a salt water pool, and outdoor kitchen, offering ample space to entertain.
You’ll love the versatility of its 6,853 square feet filled with natural light! There is even a ground-floor den with custom bar that’s great for hosting.
As an added bonus, there is also a mother-in-law suite with private entrance, an apartment above the garage, and covered parking for up to five cars. Run, don’t walk to make this romantic compound yours!
Karen Abrams of Keller Williams Charleston has listed 2186 Wappoo Hall Road, Charleston, South Carolina for $2.6 million.
Steal: Pond-Side Retreat In Coveted Salt Grass Area Of Carolina Bay For $439K
For millions less than our splurge, you can enjoy the same romantic ambiance from a four-bedroom, three-full-and-one-half-bathroom gem in coveted Salt Grass!
This pastel-colored beauty showcases the best of Charleston architecture, and comes surrounded by nature.
With classic touches and a light-filled 2,560 square feet, it makes for one enchanting love nest. We adore the covered porches for watching the sun go down.
Outdoors, it’s all about those sultry waterfront vibes. Inside, you’ll find a cheerful interior with plenty of room to unwind.
The gourmet kitchen is outfitted with new glass subway tiles, stainless steel appliances, and a new gas range.
Additional niceties like an open-concept layout and welcoming living area with a fireplace, create a sweet space to hang with your true love. The generous master is a just as inviting, with nearby den for getting cozy and watching movies.
Gorgeous hardwoods, bead board accents, lots of windows, and a fabulous sunroom round out this exceptional offering.
Ben Stein with Re/Max Alliance has listed 3024 Coopers Basin Circle, Charleston, South Carolina for $439,000.