I love everything about this porch. It is warm. It is rustic. It is manageable. And it can be a true extension to the indoor living space – something all porches should boast. Lucky for you all, this is a sneak peek. This porch will be for sale on Monday. I’ll add a few more photos of the home when it hits the market, its a wonderful little cottage in charming Wagener Terrace – for those not familiar with Charleston, Wagener Terrace is a cool community located on the peninsula…read more about here.
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Posted in Porches, tagged Historic Homes, Historic Registers, Homes for Sale on Sullivans Island, Sullivans Island, Sullivans Island historic register, Sullivans Island Post Exchange, Sullivans Island Real Estate on January 17, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Sullivans Island, South Carolina holds a treasure trove of historic homes for those in love with the charm of days gone by. And 1714 Middle Street could be considered the greatest gem of this small, island town’s historic treasury.
Once a Post Exchange and Recreation Hall for Fort Moultrie soldiers of the US. Army in the early 1900′s, this historic property now serves a quieter, more humble purpose, but in it holds stories and warm memories from the past and present. Last week, I was fortunate enough to photograph this magnificent piece of Sullivan’s Island history, and its porches too. It will be hitting the market in a few days, so more photos will come soon, along with links to more information about this amazing Sullivans Island property for sale.
Naturally, the front porch is grand and I could imagine uniformed soldiers walking through the front doors with dates on their arm, excited for a dance or a social in the recreation hall. The entirety of this property – all 7,581 square feet of it – has been converted to a truly charming, single-family home. I know, I didn’t think anything of this size could be described as charming, but the recreation hall makes up nearly half of the square footage, and the rest of the home was so thoughtfully restored that the home feels warm, and more importantly, centralized. In so many “massive” homes I have photographed, each easily becomes a maze for guests, winding from room to room. This home is NOT one of these labyrinths.
In fact, I told the owner that one of the things I loved most about his home was that EVERYTHING about the restoration is logical. What I mean by that is, the floor plan flows like a home built for today’s buyer. There is a true great room…bedrooms offer privacy and bathrooms throughout the home are well appointed. The light switches have been placed where it would make sense for them to be. And those light switches turn on the lights you think they will! Have you ever been to an old house with beyond confusing electrical? When the light switch in the foyer turns on the lamp in the kitchen? Not in this wonderful property. The master bedroom sits beneath a parallel archway on the other side of the foyer. And comes fully equipped with a private, cozy porch for perfect Sullivans evenings.
And now, what you have all been waiting for…the recreation hall. A space where soldiers once danced, so much from the past remains in this beautiful recreation hall. The ceilings are adorned with pressed tin panels and the walls made of original brick and stucco. The original historic electric panels have been preserved as artifacts. And with gleaming wood floors, a full length balcony and a half bath, this space can now serve a multitude of purposes, and the current owners have taken full advantage of this rare venue.
By far the neatest fact about this home rich with Sullivans Island history is that there are actually THREE “twin” buildings to this one! So, I guess it is a quadruplet structure?! And there may be more! At the turn of the century, this building, along with one at Fort Yellowstone, another at Fort Seward in Alaska and a 4th in Missoula, Montana were built from the same stock plans, produced by the US Army. In Yellowstone, the National Park Service owns the building and it is used as a commercial space. In Haines, Alaska the building is privately owned (like 1714 Middle Street) but it is used as a restaurant and a B and B. And in Missoula, the structure is now owned by a non-profit preservation organization to restore all the remains of Fort Missoula.
What I love most about 1714 Middle Street – and most of the historic homes on the register – is that it is loved for the memories it holds. Owners of historic homes take pride in preserving their original amenities and features. These owners not only did that, but created a place to enjoy the the modern conveniences of today without destroying the charm of yesterday.
So a note to the next owners of this unique home – preserve, enjoy and love it as much as everyone has since the turn of the century. It deserves it.
This poor porch…
It could be so lovely. Unfortunately it has seen its fair share of short term relationships. A rare week-to-week rental on Sullivan’s Island, this porch gets used, abused and then reused. And all it really wants is someone to give it a real chance at love. A long, lasting relationship. Someone who will sweep its floor on fall mornings, clothe it with warm, inviting furniture, and relax on it during summer nights. It has so much potential…it could be this:
It even wraps around, overlooking a private pool..
This porch even comes with an added bonus…an additional porch! Located off the master suite, this porch could set the mood for romantic evenings and lazy mornings. It offers views of the Atlantic and privacy of the island’s natural dunes. But for now, it must settle for week long flings or 3 day romances.
Give these porches the family of their dreams… Buy it today, for only $2,250,000. If the porches are feeling generous, they will throw in 6 bedrooms, 5 baths and over 5,000 square feet of luxury beach charm.
Why not take a walk through tour? Click here. Then give me a call and I’ll set up a showing for you!
Spend a few hours on this amazing porch (or observation deck or deep water dock or multiple 2nd level balconies) and you will leave rejuvenated and recharged. That was the goal these owners had in mind when they built this classic, wrap-around Low country porch with unobstructed views of Cap’n Sams Creek and the Atlantic coastline. From the downstairs master suite, you can walk straight to the dock to fish, kayak or lounge the day away.
Posted in Porches, tagged 220 William Street, Charleston Porch, Charleston Waterfront, Old Village, Photography, Photos of Charleston, Porches, Porches On The Water, Sullivans Island on September 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Nothing describes quintessential Charleston life like the photograph below (if you replace the cat with a dog…no offense cat lovers, but a dog would be so much more fitting to lounge on this porch):
When the owners built this home in the mid 1990′s, they had one thought in mind – owning a million dollar view. And their investment paid off, because right now…they literally own a million dollar view…this home is currently on the market for $945,000. And here is what you get for that pretty little penny.
Is that the Sullivans Island light house I see in the distance? I believe it is…(oh how the wide angle lens distorts the view…the photo below is the ACTUAL view)
Posted in Porches, tagged empty porch, Family Neighborhoods, Screened In Porch, South Windermere, South Windermere Real Estate, St. Andrews Elementary, Walkable Neighborhoods on August 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
This charming screened-in porch needs owners that will fill it with cozy furniture and friendly people. Right now this porch is lonely, and empty. But never fear, it looks onto an amazing corner lot that sits across the street from one of the best elementary schools in Charleston. This porch will be filled with love soon enough.
28 Charlestowne Road is for sale, and for the porch’s sake, will hopefully fly off the market.
Situated on what I think is the best lot in highly desirable South Windermere, this home needs a family looking for a safe, inviting neighborhood with a true community feel. South Windermere is a marshfront neighborhood with a very high walkability rating and it is just 5 minutes (a true 5 minutes, not a “just 5 minutes but its really 15 minutes”) from downtown Charleston.
From this porch, you can walk to tons of shops, restaurants, boutiques, and more. I call it being able to walk with purpose. There are few places, other than our major US metropoli (I am making up a better plural form for metropolis…similar to the plural form of octopus) that allow us to walk with purpose – that is, to walk with a reason more than simply getting exercise. I love the idea walking or biking to get groceries, or coffee, or dinner out, or a haircut, or to the dentist, or the doctor. And South Windermere offers all of this…without the urban cityscape.
As we all know, I’m not a big-city girl. I don’t love concrete jungles. Or the aroma of hot dogs, sewage and gasoline. I love the slower pace of suburban life…I love having a yard…and I love having a porch on a quiet street. What I don’t love is suburban sprawl…having to drive everywhere. And being isolated. South Windermere provides the best of both worlds – walkability without sacrificing convenience.
Kids are allowed the independence to walk to school in the morning, and then to the public library just down the street when the bell rings.
This neighborhood is a rare gem in today’s world – and if I live in Charleston when I have my own family…we are living here. (Actually, in a perfect world I think I would live in THIS HOUSE. Lets hope it goes on the market when I have kids in 100 years.) So check out some interior photos below, and when you have a free afternoon, walk through the shops of Windermere. Get a massage at Urban Nirvana. Buy some toys for your doggy at Doolittle’s. And then grab a bite to eat at Med Bistro. And if you are one of the lucky ones – one of the residents of South Windermere – mozy on home and have a glass of wine on your porch
Posted in Photography, Porches, tagged Awendaw SC, Charleston Porch, Nancy Sisk Photography, Photography, Photos of Charleston, Porches, Porches On The Water, Southern Charm on June 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Built on over 300 acres of sprawling marsh countryside, the surrounding land might relax the porch more than the porch relaxes its dwellers! It’s also easy to travel off the porch and pal around in the canoe, take a dip in the pool, or crank the speed boat for a sunset cruise from the deep water jet pier. Talk about easy access to life al fresco.
This porch and the 300 waterfront acres it belongs to are for sale. Nostalgic, Low country living doesn’t get sweeter than sitting on this Mossy Grove porch with a cold iced tea, feeling the breeze dance through the Live Oaks and watching the Egrets and Herons feed in its salty marshes.
This cozy bungalow welcomes all, and represents the energy of the quaint Byrnes Downs neighborhood, located just West of the Ashley River. The home itself, like all the homes in this marshfront neighborhood, was built in 1945 for one of many WW2 veterans and their families needing permanent homes.
With the high demand and lack of time, the V-Housing Corporation constructed these well built homes as quickly as possible. Thus, when driving thru Byrnes Downs, you will notice the cottages all look very similar – because they are! The homes in this neighborhood share 1 of 4 floor plans used during initial construction and B.D is now home to a vibrant, diverse community of young families, professionals, and a handful of elderly folks who have lived in their homes since the mid 20th century!
When the neighborhood went through a revitalization process in the early 2000′s, most of the homes were tastefully renovated to fit today’s lifestyle while holding on to that historic charm for which this neighborhood is known.
And finally, let me introduce to you the most adorable porch dwellers I’ve ever met
This bright and bold screened-in porch exemplifies the character of Folly Beach and the fun-loving, laid back personalities of the couple who own this gem. It overlooks the Sunset Cay Marina on the far western tip of Folly Beach, SC and the frequenters of this space commonly watch mother dolphins raise their young in the small marina, tucked away from the dangers of the open ocean. It is the heart of the entire property – and because of it, the soul of this home is relaxed.
To keep the home’s vital organ beating at full strength, it boasts a Screen-Tight 800 Porch Screening system and removable vinyl shutters. A smart investment. Like eating heart healthy Cheerios…Honey Nut Cheerios…mmm
The private master suite deck (pictured 1st and to the left of the screened porch) is an open-air getaway with unblocked views of shrimp boats to sail boats meandering through the river and into the marina. To the right of the porch is a 3rd, attached deck which houses the man-grill and a separate seating area.
Does life get better than this?
Well, yes. Yes it does. This porch is for sale! Listed at $919,000 this porch comes with a 4 bedroom, 3 and 1 half bath home that features water on three sides during high tide! You can view all the pictures of this exquisite porch and home by clicking here. Or read more about it by clicking here Its worth an extra look…