This Historically Significant Property in Downtown Charleston Is on the Market for $2.5 Million
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.
The house’s front facade is a classic and popular architectural style among historic homes in downtown Charleston. The porte cochere has been converted into an outdoor living area, perfect for catching those lowcountry breezes.
Old Meets New
The main residence has a formal living room and dining room, both with beautiful fireplaces. The home’s current elegant furnishings in fun, modern colors and textures exemplify the blending of old and new.
And speaking of new, the kitchen is a completely modern renovation, with high-end appliances, marble countertops, and beautiful fixtures. As is often the case with older homes, the kitchen isn’t that large and doesn’t receive much natural light, which makes the fun aqua painted cabinets and wooden accent ceiling all the more worth it. If your space isn’t naturally bright and airy, bring brightness into it.
A quirky little powder room is the perfect use of otherwise wasted space underneath the stairs in the main house.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two fully renovated bathrooms. One of the bedrooms was the original sleeping porch that has since been enclosed, but still maintains the original pocket windows.
A beautiful, private courtyard and garden area sits in the back of the property, in between the kitchen house (which is on the back side of the main house) and the carriage house. Established landscaping frames the space and provides much-needed shade from the South Carolina heat.
The Kitchen House
The kitchen house unit is bright and airy, with a spacious, modern kitchen and dining area that has beautiful views of the back courtyard.
Fit for a Star
This rental unit, where Rachel McAdams stayed while filming The Notebook, has a large living area, two spacious bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. Like the main house, it still has lots of historic charm, like gorgeous hardwood floors and original fireplaces.
The Carriage House
Drenched in sunlight, the carriage house is a sweet little studio unit, complete with a contemporary, well-appointed kitchen and bathroom. The wall-to-wall windows really brighten up the small space, making it the perfect place for out-of-town guests or a more permanent tenant to stay.