It is my goal to step foot in every home for sale in Downtown Charleston so if you say “I like this” or “I don’t like that” – I already know where we can go and what we should avoid. The Open House Weekly Inside Skinny will keep you updated on which homes I have recently been to with more in-depth detail about one that caught my eye.
This week, I rode my little town bike (in chilly 50 degree weather I might add) to the following open houses:
2 Laurens St – 2BR/2.5B – 2.15M – New building near the aquarium - first floor corner unit. Beautiful, well-appointed, spacious, closets as big as rooms and outfitted to fulfill anyone’s closet fantasy, private elevator, doorman, terrace with views over park. Not sure about that price….Would rather have the penthouse with 4,000 sq ft of gardens and an outdoor kitchen for $4.5M.
152 Broad St – 2BR/2.5B – 799K – Whole second floor of historic home. Beautifully renovated with great layout, full-length piazza, tons of closet space, large windows and french doors everywhere. Broad St. a bit noisy but great location regardless. UPDATE 3/18 – Sold for 735K
15 N. Adgers Wharf – 3BR/3.5B – 975k
Halfway down a cobblestone street and half a block from Waterfront Park and the small pier where we watch the Christmas Parade of Boats, 15 N. Adgers Wharf is in a converted brick Cotton Warehouse. Most notable from the outside is the huge arched window on the front. The semi-detached home is three stories with living/dining/kitchen/half bath on 1st floor, 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on 2nd floor and 1 bedroom 1 bath under the eaves on the 3rd floor. Kitchen and baths need updating (if you’d like all tile and granite etc…) but still completely habitable. Arched door on the back leads to a small interior courtyard that is not being used to its full potential. Next door neighbors are law offices.
Why I like it:
The wide plank flooring on the 2nd floor, the balcony off the Master overlooking the interior courtyard and gardens (feels like Italy!). Exposed brick and beams. Location location location. Potential potential potential. I’d rip off the back courtyard plexiglass roof and frame (demo is so fun!), stucco the back wall, lay bluestone, add a small fountain on the left side, plants, flowers, a cafe table for two and a comfortable lounging chair. Perfect.
Also – knowing that area like I do – prices, what types of homes/condos are available, frequency of homes coming on the market – I think it’s a great deal. Normally you’ll pay $1.5m-$5m for that area, and finding a historic home in great condition is difficult to do as the majority of places in that area were built in the last 15 years (Vendue Range, Factors Walk, Elliot St etc…)
Who it would be good for:
At 2307 sq ft, I think it’s perfect for a couple or small family, either as a primary or second home. You must enjoy the downtown urban lifestyle as it is walking distance to EVERYTHING great and you can walk out your door and see the sunrise over Charleston Harbor. Finally, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t mind a little extra work by updating the kitchen and bath to YOUR tastes, this one’s for you.
If you’d like more info about any of these properties – let me know. We can even wrangle our way inside…
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