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If you’re a long-time Charlestonian, chances are you’ve lived in a Charleston single house at some point in your life. Many visitors have come away remembering this iconic Charleston architecture. Charleston singles are, after all, common throughout the peninsula and beyond. From the mansions South of Broad to modest neighborhoods extending past the crosstown, the Charleston single is part of the city’s makeup and charm.
So what makes up a Charleston single house? Several things, like its long, narrow shape, distinguish the style from others, while the somewhat private porch is often the most favored feature of all. Of course, there’s rhyme and reason to its design, mainly relating to local conditions — namely the city’s hot and humid summers. Yes, even centuries ago, Charleston was known for being muggy on summer days and sultry in the evenings!
Here are a few of the features you’ll find in a Charleston single house and reasons behind their particular design:
1. Long, narrow shape
In order to build a single house, you need only a long, narrow lot, which is how the city was laid out in its early days. The tall, slender homes are typically placed quite closely to the neighboring home, perhaps too close for comfort in some cases. The single house has a narrow side, with the long side of the house – the traditional “front” – being perpendicular to the street. The plain, short facade is what faces the street.
While the house is long and narrow, it is also only one room wide, when viewed from the street — which gives the single house its name! But what the home lacks in width it makes up for in length and height. As mentioned before, the house is quite long, while many Charleston single houses are also several tiers high.
3. The Front Door
What may appear to be a front door — the one facing the street — is only an entrance to the private porch. The actual front door is down the middle of the porch. This was intended to give more privacy to the homeowners during the more modest Victorian period.
4. Interior Layout
Though the architectural form of the single house comes in everything from Federal to Victorian styles, the most consistent feature will always be its interior layout. A front door along the long side of the house leads you into a foyer and stairwell, and there’s a room to the left, usually a bedroom, and to the right — which normally serves as the living room, with the kitchen being on the other side of the living room — an open archway separating the two. The same floor plan is generally repeated upstairs.
Single houses have side porches — oops, pardon, I mean piazzas. Accessible via the aforementioned door on the street-side of the house, the piazza is strategically placed on the long side of the house to increase the odds of catching a cool breeze— definitely a factor to consider in a city that gets so hot and muggy during summers. They are also a pretty sweet spot to enjoy a cup of tea or an afternoon snooze!
If you are looking for a Charleston single to call your own, stop by The Real Estate Studio where our experienced, professional agents are always here to answer questions or show property.
A whole heck of a lot. That’s what. The Upper Peninsula is defined as the area North of the Crosstown (Highway 17) and South of Heriot Street (basically) and includes the neighborhoods of the Westside, Hampton Park Terrace, Wagener Terrace, North Central, Longborough, Lowndes Pointe and parts of the Eastside. Home sales in this area recently have been out of this world – so much so, that I have started skulking around at homes under renovation to see if I can help my clients get a jump on them before they even come on the market.
So if you are looking for a mostly renovated, completely renovated, or a new construction home under $500,000 here, you better be ready to jump. Here are the numbers for your statistical enjoyment.
10 homes sold in the past month.
22 homes on the market.
22 homes under contract.
2 months of housing inventory = Sellers Market
So you ask – what do I think is driving all this activity??
- It’s an extra hot real estate market this year.
- People are realizing they don’t have to cross a bridge to live in a great neighborhood at a reasonable price. And there’s so much history!
- Hampton Park is pretty spectacular.
- Upper King Street is, well, moving on up. This makes these neighborhoods just a stroll or a quick bike ride away from some of the best restaurants and shops in town.
- Small local businesses are flocking to the area around Upper Meeting and North Morrison Drive (“NoMo” for short) for inexpensive commercial lease rates and short commutes. SIB just announced this morning that they are moving their headquarters to NoMo from Meeting St south of Calhoun St.
- Restaurants and bars are opening here slowly but surely. Bob Carter’s Rutledge Cab Co. at the corner of Rutledge and Mount Pleasant is packed – all the time. As is Santi’s and The Tattooed Moose.
- The schools are improving. Not only are they being rebuilt, but also they are being rethought. For example, the James Simons Elementary School will become partly Montessori.
- Overall, there’s a great sense of community, with community-driven change. People are passionate about this area and spend their time working together to improve it.
So let’s take a look at the homes under contract and how long they lasted before they had a contract. That will give you a good idea of demand for the Upper Peninsula! Note that some of them had been on and off the market for years, and as soon as they came back up recently and were priced right, they were under contract.
MLS# 1204829- 18 FRANCIS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $209,000 – 109 Days.
1224717 -311 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $239,000 – 92 days. (This and the other St. Philip addresses are the new construction homes in the nook of the King Street off-ramp from 17)
1224796 -301 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $239,000 – 48 days.
1222925 – 75 SIMONS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $259,000 – 145 days. (also new construction)
1224794 – 307 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $265,000 – 0 days.
1224795 – 305 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $265,000 – 20 days.
1224831 – 0 FISHBURNE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $269,000 – 22 days. (Also part of King St off-ramp project)
1224829 – 302 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $269,000 – 1 day.
1304868 – 235 FISHBURNE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,500 – 6 days. (Though it was on and off the market since July 2010)
1224792 – 309 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000 – 0 days.
1224793 – 303 ST PHILIP ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000 – 2 days.
1301297 – 1007 ASHLEY AVE, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,900 – 4 days. (Though on and off the market since July 2012)
1301171 – 81 GORDON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $300,000 – 28 days.
1225650 – 203 SAINT MARGARET ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $306,900 – 90 days.
1300787 – 163 MAPLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $324,000 – 0 days.
1304620 – 31 DUNNEMANN AVE, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000 – 7 days.
1304375 – 12 CLEVELAND LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,900 – 14 days.
1213573 – 368 ASHLEY AVE, CHARLESTON, SC – $379,000 – 250 days.
1304476 – 109 FISHBURNE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $412,000 – 2 days.
1303548 – 101 SAINT MARGARET ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $424,000 – 21 days. (Though on and off the market since April 2010)
1303287 – 76 MAPLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $426,500 – 20 days.
1302095 – 176 SAN SOUCI ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $429,900 – 19 days.
And the sunset views over the Ashley River from the fishing dock at Longborough, aren’t too bad either…:)
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