Currently listed by Lisa Patterson of Handsome Properties for $2.5 million, 17 Water Street is a unique property in Charleston’s South of Broad neighborhood with a rich history. Tobias Scott, born into slavery on James Island, was able to purchase his freedom by selling fans he’d made long before the Civil War started. He married his wife Christiana Rivers, another freed slave, in 1848, and within the next two decades, they bought this property and built the main house and two smaller buildings on it (a kitchen house and carriage house). Aside from modernizations, the house is not much different than how the Scotts built it—it maintains the character and charm of a historic home but has been completely renovated into an elegant house fitting of the 21st century.
What were originally the kitchen and carriage houses have been converted into fully outfitted, livable spaces. Each has its own kitchen, bathroom, and laundry, making them prime rental units. The kitchen house even attracted Rachel McAdams to stay in it while filming The Notebook in Charleston back in 2002. The total size of the three homes is 3,328 square feet, plus there is a large courtyard and garden in between the kitchen and carriage houses. Scroll through the photos below to see inside this beautiful historic home.