Clicks and Mortar

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1810 Second Empire Stunner on Charleston Harbor

Posted on 19, March 2012 by csadmin

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in our service area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is 2 Water Street, Charleston, SC 29401 - $8,485,000

Outside view of 2 Water Street, Charleston, SC

Everybody knows that the Battery is the premier address in Charleston, and 2 Water Street is one of the rare opportunities to own an entire house with such a location.  Charleston gallery owner and artist John Dunnan (maybe you remember his spread in Maserati Monthly) has turned the 1810 house into an exceptional showplace.  Dunnan’s great taste in French and Italian antiques do an amazing job at staging the home, and you may be tempted to purchase the whole package.  Who could blame you?  After all, it’s been featured in over 20 publications.

Although 2 Water Street has a construction date of circa 1810, the outside of the home reflects some later remodeling with its Second Empire architecture (in layman’s terms, the preferred style of the Addams Family).  The six bedroom, six bath interior retains its original moldings in the delicate Federal style, but the tin ceiling in the dining room is a reminder of a Victorian renovation.  You’ve got to love the master suite’s placement overlooking Charleston Harbor.  Not only would you wake up to a gorgeous view, but imagine the catnapping possibilities on a lazy afternoon with open windows letting in the waterfront breeze!  That alone justifies the seven figure price tag.

A 2007 wing addition added some modern conveniences to the home, including such luxuries as a dry sauna, steam shower, and a garage. The kitchen might come as a surprise given its starkly modern white cabinetry.  However, the 17th century marble sink provides the perfect antique balance.  Five sets of French doors open from the kitchen onto the verandah, which may as well be a bonus dining room.  A pool and secret garden top off this alluring residence, and overall this urban estate further cements South of Broad’s reputation as the epicenter of the good life in Charleston.

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