Located just across the bridge from Charleston on Shem Creek, the beautiful home affords its residents features that embrace the rich local tradition and incorporates modern amenities and spaciousness proven scarce in many unique Charleston dwellings. A pinnacle of luxury and comfort, this home effortlessly melds tradition and earned lavishness, all while maintaining the intangible embrace of Southern charm. The true magic of this home begins before you pass through its pair of welcoming gates. A few hundred feet from the entrance to the driveway you find yourself beneath a canopy of oaks and various foliage as the salty scent floating inland from Charleston harbor guides you to your door. The neighborhood feels distinctly quaint and private, especially when considering the grand floor plans of many surrounding properties. This natural southern embrace is reflected by the property itself as you enter the expansive circular driveway; a greeting from babbling fountains and the familiar shade of Palmetto trees produces a memorable experience for residents and visitors alike.
The driveway offers ample parking and mobility for guests. In the rear of the home lies a comfortable lawn more spacious than is typical for the location. Custom southern style light fixtures ensure visibility and enjoy ability at all hours with a variety of foliage providing pockets of shade in the depths of a Charleston summer. Looking up on the home from the lawn offers yet another breathtaking perspective as the 4 levels of porch space are fully revealed. A custom video surveillance system and hurricane proof shutters provide additional peace of mind for residents while back-up generators guarantee power in all manner of inclement conditions.
A few hundred yards from the property is the primary access point to the Shem Creek Boatyard. In addition to providing grand views of the iconic marina, Arthur Ravenel Bridge, & Charleston Harbor, a 38 foot stretch of docking space is included with the property. The final docking space maintained by the subdivision offers easy entry and exit for all vessels complying with size requirements.
Nestled underneath the home are catacombs of elegant brick work that provide numerous all-purpose room and storage options. An efficient fitness room with traditional rubber flooring, treadmill, refrigerator, and mounted television provide a comprehensive exercise environment right on the property. Also tucked neatly away in the foundation is one the homes most notable features. Elegant stone work and custom carved mahogany door provide entrance to a cutting edge wine cellar. The cellar offers the ideal climate for the housing of an extensive collection while a distinguished hand built rack system offers easy categorization. White wine refrigeration is built in comfortably allowing for maximum visibility of the entire collection.
Entrance to the ground level garage is available via multiple access points on the side, front, and rear of the house. The six car, climate controlled garage also contains upgraded flooring, expansive cabinet storage, and a lighted work bench. From the garage, the first floor of the home is easily accessible via staircase or elevator, with the latter providing direct access to the second floor living area.
Guests to the home ascend steps fashioned from imported Brazilian Ipe, a resilient commodity that ages gracefully to a weathered finish while maintaining strength and form. Upon entering the home, a variety of navigable paths are presented. Immediately to the right, a spacious office employs significant closet storage and natural light. Directly adjacent to the entry way an extra wide staircase provides comfortable access to the second floor living area. To the left of the foyer, an elegant dining room glistens in the afternoon sun collected by Western facing windows. Subtle, modern light fixtures compliment an elegant setting for late dinners and entertaining with a pleasing blend of nouveau riche and southern charm. Accessible via either the dining room or first floor living space, a luxurious kitchen embraces openness. Avid cooks will flourish with aid from ample marble counter space, multiple sinks, gas range, and stainless steel appliances while the open floor plan allows uninhibited visibility of the living space and kitchen dining area. A second wine chiller provides ample storage to circumvent unnecessary trips to the cellar while entertaining. Both the living space and kitchen house their own hand built fireplaces.
A small step up from the kitchen, a breakfast nook that counters the expansive layout of the first floor achieving a charming coziness often sacrificed in other homes of similar size. A walk in pantry with floor to ceiling sectional storage and message desk separate the central kitchen from a functional butler's pantry and prep kitchen housing a full china cabinet, additional sink, and ice maker. A commitment to energy cost efficiency and natural conservation is also revealed with access to the Rinnai tankless water heater control panel. Two separate units employ cutting edge technology to provide limitless and instant hot water to the entire home.
A functional powder room can be found in the hallway on the short journey to the first floor guest bedroom. The spacious corner houses guests in comfort with an additional fireplace, custom cherry walk-in closet and access to the first floor patio. A bubbling, self-draining and cleaning tub sits adjacent to a walk-in shower with steam capabilities in the luxurious guest bathroom that also leads directly into a private laundry room.
Arriving at the top of the central staircase residents are greeted by an expansive living area where two story ceilings and full length windows provide yet another unprecedented view of Shem Creek. Accessible by both the stairs and elevator, this comfortable living area focuses on a towering custom built cabinet set with beverage chilling drawers. The centralized congregation area also provides access to all second floor amenities as well as a third floor office with porch and roof landing access. To the right of the landing area is a comfortable full bathroom and multi-purpose room that can serve as an optional bedroom. Elegant floor to ceiling cabinetry transforms the closet space into a labyrinth of storage and a second door leads to the small landing area with views from the grand central window. Adjacent to the all-purpose space, a full bathroom services both this area and the central living area. An additional guest room, also located on the right side, houses another full bathroom, floor to ceiling storage and immediate access to a second laundry area.
The left side of the second floor plays host to the spacious master suite. The open layout of the bedroom hosts a variety of distinguishing features including a fireplace and custom, small fixture lighting positioned throughout the ceiling easily directed to illuminate mounted works of art or achieve any other number of specific tasks. Separating the bed and bathroom is the larger of two walk-in closets, this spacious closet was constructed through the conversion of an exterior porch. An ornate western facing port light collects afternoon sun that warms the space in harmony with the custom Caribbean pine woodwork. The luxurious master bathroom contains a second walk-in closet with custom shelving and storage. Boasting separate vanities, heated floors and towel racks, a self-draining and cleaning whirlpool tub, and shower closet with steam capability, the master bathroom provides residents the utmost comfort available in modern homes.
At the interior pinnacle of the home sits a unique office environment that basks in natural light form nearly every angle. Abundant windows provide incredible views of the numerous surrounding landmarks, a unique look back into the second floor common area, and access to the third level porch and subsequent rooftop landing area.
While the homes interior provides a wealth of amenities, comfort, and cutting edge features, it is the four levels of porches and patios, built with the same Brazilian Ipe that distinguish the residence by revealing the breathtaking nature of its surroundings. The first floor patio offers up ample space for seating and entertaining around an elegantly intertwined pool and elevated hot tub. A hidden tv provides outdoor entertainment while rare desert flora line the elevated patio and round out the view of Shem Creek. The second story porch extends the narrative, revealing an extended landscape view of the surrounding marsh land as the crown of the Ravenel Bridge begins to extend above the neighboring trees. The third floor office transcends suburban landscape as immense views envelop residents and visitors. A few more steps wrap the final crest of the house culminating in an unforgettable 360 degree view of Charleston Harbor, The Ravenel Bridge, Mount Pleasant, and the skyline of downtown Charleston. This remarkable view solidifies Charleston's reputation as the Holy City as the numerous beautiful church steeples can be seen extending far above the competing buildings. Moments of wonder are sure to be found time and time again from this vantage point; the culmination of the homes magnificent construction.
In the end, this property's ability to inspire deep appreciation of tradition, modernity, luxury, and natural wonder make it more than home; it is an experience, best befitting those who embody the wealth and wonder only achieved in Charleston SC.
Age: 6-10 Years Old
Amenities: Deck, Dock, Lawn, Vaulted Ceiling, Pool, Ceiling Fan, Mother In Law Suite, Elevator, Water Front
Architecture Style: Contemporary
Cooling System: Central A/C
Exterior Type: Stucco
Floor Covering: Wood
Heating Fuel: Natural Gas
Lot Size: 0.37 Acres
Parking Type: Garage - Attached
Roof Type: Metal
Rooms: Bedroom, Bonus Room, Dining Room, Eat-In Kitchen, Family Room, Foyer, Full Bath, Game Room, Great Room, Half Bath, In-Law Suite, Laundry Room, Office, Walk-In Pantry
View Type: Ocean, Water