This Charleston classic with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms includes a carriage house with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom, a garage, and a studio apartment above the garage with 1 full bathroom. Upon entering this Wraggborough retreat through its handcrafted, wrought iron gates, one is met by the shade gardens and the classic Charleston facade of 26 Mary Street. This well-proportioned and preserved property, circa 1830, welcomes you with the beautiful and broad piazza, complete with haint blue ceiling. The home's proximity to the neighborhood's many parks, The Dewberry Charleston, Marion Square, Charleston Music Hall and King Street shopping, dining and entertainment only adds to the livability of this historic estate.The original architectural details inside this home speak to the era of old world craftsmanship: the preserved heart of pine floors, pulled plaster molding, cypress wainscoting, and fireplaces, with exquisite detailed mantles and rare marble.
Beautifully illuminated by natural light through the tall windows, the first floor is gracious with its high 9+ foot ceilings. As one makes their way through the home and to the second floor, the original mahogany banister and newel post in the stair hall feel smooth and solid. On the second floor, enjoying the same original architectural details, find the drawing room overlooking the Aiken Rhett House, and the master suite overlooking the side gardens. Past the master bedroom is a conveniently placed walk-in, cedar-lined closet, attached to the laundry room, with original bead board. Beyond this lies the master bathroom, with modern amenities including a separate shower and soaking tub and double vanities. Up the final set of stairs, find exposed beam ceilings from end to end of the guest suite, which includes a deep, claw-foot tub.
Old meets new in the circa 2002 rear addition, which includes the kitchen and a smaller living or breakfast room on the first floor, as well as a study or bedroom on the second floor, accessed by a modern staircase. Extending the living space, doorways from the kitchen, formal dining room, and foyer off the formal living room open onto the piazza, making for an ideal entertaining space overlooking the private gardens and rear courtyard which allows guests to easily flow from one space to the next. The large, tranquil garden in the back offers a verdant outdoor entertaining space. The long driveway on the east side of the property easily accommodates additional guest parking. Abundant storage exists in the attic, walk-in basement, and garage.
At the farthest end of the property sits the exceptional, recently built (circa 2002) carriage house that features an over-sized owner's garage and two separately metered apartments: a studio with a full kitchen and bathroom, as well as a two-story apartment with two bedrooms and one full bathroom. Multiple options for the carriage house could include: long-term leasing, guest quarters, mother-in-law suite, or home office/studio space.
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