Archive for the ‘Porches’ Category

I love everything about this porch. It is warm. It is rustic. It is manageable. Cozy PorchSunny PorchLounge on this porchAnd it can be a true extension to the indoor living space – something all porches should boast. Extend your living spaceLucky 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.

For now, I’ll leave you with a dining room shot. More to come! And a happy Friday to you!Wagener Terrace dining room

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Historic Sullivans Island Post ExchangeSullivans 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.

1714 Middle StreetSullivans Island historic property

History of 1714 Middle Street

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. Historic PorchThe 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. Foyer of 1714 Middle Street

Foyer of 1714 Middle StreetIn 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. Great Room in 1714 Middle StreetThe 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.

Master Bedroom of 1714 Middle Street1714 Middle Street - Master Bedroom PorchAnd now, what you have all been waiting for…the recreation hall. Recreation Hall of 1714 Middle StreetSullivans Island Recreation HallGreat space for parties, art shows and kids at playA 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.

A wedding reception in magnificent 1714 Middle Street

Love on Sullivans IslandBy 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.

Fort Seward, twin building to 1714 Middle Street

Fort Seward in Haines Alaska, circa 1900

Fort Yellowstone Canteen

Fort Yellowstone Canteen in Yellowstone Natl Park

Northern Rockies Heritage Center

Now home to Heritage Hall, a venue for weddings and parties in beautiful Missoula, MT

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.Sullivans Island historic register

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.

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This poor porch…

An unloved porchIt 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:

A loved porch

Remember this porch from a few months back? A warm, loved porch

It even wraps around, overlooking a private pool..

A lonely porch with a great viewSullivans Island home with a poolThis 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.

Master Suite Private PorchGive 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!

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porch: relax and unwind

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. Screened porch with ocean viewsDine Al FrescoPorch views on Seabrook IslandFrom the downstairs master suite, you can walk straight to the dock to fish, kayak or lounge the day away.

Up da Creek dockHead to the upstairs master suite (decorated simply for a little girl) and you can catch some z’s in a hammock on the private screened porch.

Girls Bedroom with a screened balconyBut if you prefer to stay outside, head to the observation deck and relax your soul.

Saltwater marshesTidal Creek viewThe interior is just as stunning as the landscape. Check out the video below!

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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):

Cat lounging in the shadeWhen 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.Amazing Charleston PorchHome with waterfront viewDock on a tidal creek

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)

Lighthouse on Sullivans - a view from the porchHere are some of my favorite shots from my morning spent on this gorgeous porch.

Reflecting HomeMirrored ViewsSullivans in B&WWant to check out the home? Click here or view the video tour below, created by our amazing videographers at Keen Eye Marketing.

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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.

A lonely porch

Help! I don't want to be a storage room!

28 Charlestowne Road is for sale, and for the porch’s sake, will hopefully fly off the market.

Walking in the lowcountry

Thats not walking in Windermere. And probably not with much purpose. Just walking lovebirds.

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.

Plans for St. Andrews Elementary in 2012

Plans for renovation of St. Andrews Elementary in 2012

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 🙂

South Windermere real estateSparsely furnished living roomKitchen with tile backsplash

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Have you ever walked into a home with small children and immediately realized it showed no signs of existent kids? You know the homes I am talking about: the walk-on-your-tiptoes houses because glass centerpieces rumble and the china hutch shakes when all of your weight bears down on the floor…the don’t-bump-the-accent-table properties because an original candelabra from The Tudors reign in England rests there. I always wonder how kids who grow up in these homes play inside. Internally, I morph into Fraulein Maria, holding back my sudden urge to rip down the window treatments and make play clothes for the von Trapp children. [Burst into song….now]

Home in I'on of Mt. Pleasant SC

But every so often, these houses – so elegantly decorated to perfection – offer a pleasant surprise; a special room just for children, a place where they can be children.

This property, located in the neighborhood of I’on, is one of these homes. It is meticulously and BEAUTIFULLY decorated. It is southern-authentic. And it is full of children. 4 little ones roam (not own) this home and to carve a space just for them, the owners turned the sun room to their playroom.

57 Saturday Road Charleston SC

porch furniture in sunroom

porch decorated for children

I l.o.v.e this space. I cannot put my finger on whether its the school supplies or the kid’s artwork filling the walls or the amazing organization skills of these parents. Perhaps its the bold contrast between the white room and its furniture, sprinkled with color color EVERYWHERE. I think this room inspires creativity, something kids are quickly forgetting how to harness. When I walked into this room, I felt like a happy child. And I wanted to draw on the chalkboard.

This sunroom turned playroom is clearly filled with love. And giggles. Unfortunately, the children that fill it don’t wear window curtain play clothes – but they are just as adorable.

And just outside the sun filled playroom, the outdoor space blends durable, kid-friendly amenities with an adult atmosphere for entertaining and dining al fresco.

Brick patio with table and umbrella

Backyard swing set in Charleston SC

Good backyard landscaping in Charleston SC

And just for you Sound of Music lovers out there…

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