Posts Tagged ‘Porches’

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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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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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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Waterfront home for sale in Awendaw SC
Even on a cloudy day like this one, this traditional farm house boasts a front porch that calls for no special decor – the view itself is the adornment. And it is perfect.

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. 🙂

Marshes in the surrounding area of Charleston SC

Salt Water Marshland for sale

Palm Tree on marsh

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.

Charleston Lowcountry

Waterfront Home for sale in Awendaw SC

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This is no ordinary porch. It is home to some of the most obscure trinkets, tacky artwork and delightful billboards the South has ever seen. To say it seems cluttered would be a gross understatement. Meticulously organized chaos is a better description. This porch is the brainchild of my mother but to her misfortune, has morphed into the alfresco man-cave of my step father. This porch is the porch. 

Porch in Nashville for a man

Decorated with baseballs, bobble heads and ball caps from MLB clubs from all over the country, the man cave [porch] is a sports fanatic’s dream pad. And to boot, the porch actually serves as home plate to a larger motif occurring in this outdoor space and surrounding backyard…Wrigley Field, Harold White Clark style. Yes, my step dad’s name is Harold (Whit for short), he is not running to be your 14th district councilman, and his obsession with the Cubs is…unhealthy?

Backyard and porch to mimic Wrigley Field

Backyard wih Wrigley Field theme

Whit Clark Field

Nashville screened in porch

Unhealthy, yet gracious,  Whit has given my mom a few square inches to decorate his baseball themed porch the way she wishes.

Doggy Door sign on porch

Sign above the ole doggy door. RIP Muffin.

Grizzly from Flathead Lake, Montana

The protector of the porch

Yes, this porch is  a one-of-a-kind museum of knick knacks and whatchamacallits – collected, cleptoed  and gifted from around the globe. It exudes funky, southern charm with a twist. It’s cluttered. It’s inviting. It’s loved. It’s…the porch.

* This post is the first of a series of blog posts about noteworthy porches abroad from my travels outside the Lowcountry. I found it necessary that my first Porch Abroad should be the porch that holds some of my favorite Nashville memories with family and friends.

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Charleston Waterfront Porch

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.

A marvelous waterfront porch overlooking Sunset Cay Marina

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

I digress.

A marvelous waterfront porch that overlooks Sunset Cay Marina

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…

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My love for porches can be traced back to a project my dad began for my older brothers before my parents knew a little girl was on the way.

We didn’t actually have a porch at my childhood home. Instead, we had an extension of my dad’s endless creativity – a tree house built for the boys (and future baby girl) whom he so lovingly adored, and still does!

The 1486 Woodmont Blvd Treehouse was a sight to be marveled and reveled in by every child and every inner child that entered my family’s eclectic backyard. Spanning American Beech and Winged Elm trees, my afternoons were spent in imaginary Ghost Buster and Peter Pan lands – creations of my brothers of course – and I happily tagged along in these make-believe worlds with cousins, friends and parents alike.

The beginning of my love affair with porches

Brothers during construction in the early 80's

During the summer, we visited my great aunt Ruth and uncle Henry Read in a quiet, wooded neighborhood of Atlanta. Always in tow for these visits were my cherished Georgia cousins who, looking back, made the memories that solidified my love for porches. It was on Aunt Ruth’s unique screened porch that we laughed during home-cooked southern meals, collected caterpillars in jars and took naps with Uncle Henry’s legendary porch dog, Lucille. It was there that I learned to play Go Fish and War, developed an addiction to fresh Georgia peaches and found a new love for living alfresco. I dreaded having to leave Atlanta in the summertime but in retrospect, what I hated parting with was the Read family porch. Because even as a child, it relaxed my energetic soul.

Family Porch in Atlanta GA

Family enjoy the porch in the late 70's, pre-children

Ruth and Henry Read - 2007

It wasn’t until we moved into the house my mom currently lives in that experienced life with a real porch and finally had an outdoor living space I could enjoy throughout the year. The Porch is multi-functional and is equipped to handle a variety of crowds – it has hosted holiday family dinners, been the late-night landing spot for friends after a night out, and has been the breeding ground for intellectual and not so intellectual conversations that never seem to end. It is home to a diverse collection of art collected and gifted from all over the world and has become a space all its own. The Porch lets you laugh. It lets you cry. It lets you reminisce and lets you unwind. In short, the space lets you be you and embodies the only thing a porch really needs – a personal touch and a lot of love.

It is no wonder that when I began my adult life in Charleston, I was not only ecstatic to find an array of porches, from the grand historic piazzas of downtown Charleston, to the quaint beach bungalows of Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island. And after just a year of living in this one-of-a-kind town, I’ve come to understand that Charleston has the same effect on me as the porches in my life – both relax my soul.

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