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April 28, 2022

This Historic Home is Full of Charleston Charm

Property of the Week: 71 Pitt Street is an award-winning home that is full of character.

By Serina Tatham

Located in vibrant Charleston, 71 Pitt Street is exactly what you would imagine when you think of a family home. Oozing Southern charm, the home was built in 1836 and retains the grand scale rooms of the era.

Every attention to detail has been considered here. By marrying the old and the new, antique pine wood floors and exposed beam ceilings have been complemented with 21st-century luxuries and every appliance you could need.

Entering the five-bedroom home, a wide piazza leads to a striking entry foyer. A Scandinavian-inspired stenciled floor and feature wallpaper are joined by a mahogany center staircase. To the left, there is a formal living room that is filled with natural light thanks to the high ceilings and large windows. Doors from here lead out onto the piazza and to the large garden below. There is also a more relaxed family room and an office/gym on this floor.

To the left of the foyer is a spacious dining room with a built-in bar, perfect for hosting dinner parties. Leading through from here is the chef’s kitchen: the heart of the home. White cabinets and ceilings make the room feel bright and airy.

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The expansive piazza is perfect for enjoying the mild Southern climate / ©Ellis Creek Photography

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The kitchen is the heart of the home / ©Ellis Creek Photography

Granite countertops, custom cabinetry, state-of-the-art appliances and a new pantry with a wine fridge make this kitchen not only beautiful but also highly functional. For family meals, there is a center island with barstool seating as well as a corner banquet nook offering views across the patio.

Beyond the kitchen there is an attached carriage house which has been converted into a self-contained living space, ideal for visiting friends and family or staff. Containing a full studio apartment overlooking the garden, there is also a kitchen and bathroom.

The primary suite is located on the second floor of the main house. As soon as you enter the room, the calming pastel colors create a soothing environment. The en-suite bathroom is grand, with an antique claw-foot soaking tub.

There is another large en-suite bedroom on the second floor, while the remaining two bedrooms can be found on the third floor and boast rooftop views.

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the primary suite

The primary suite is soothing / ©Ellis Creek Photography

the carriage house

The spacious carriage house is perfect for visitors / ©Ellis Creek Photography

Seamlessly integrating the interior and outdoor living spaces, the property’s flow is perfect for entertaining. With just over a quarter of an acre, the home is an oasis in the middle of the city. Having recently undergone a dramatic upgrade, the garden now features an alfresco dining space, numerous trees and shrubs, a large lawn and a five-hole putting green.

As the original garden design was done by renowned landscape architect Sheila Wertimer, the renovations have been meticulously executed to retain the integrity of her work.

An important landmark in Charleston, 71 Pitt Street has been recognized by the Preservation Society of Charleston. The Carolopolis Award aims to promote historic preservation across Charleston and the Lowcountry, and this home is a perfect example of that. By maintaining the original antique flooring and woodwork throughout, the home pays homage to its storied past while giving it a new lease of life.

71 Pitt Street is available for $3.5m,

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