Take a Look Inside One of Charleston’s Quintessential Single Houses
Every old Southern city has a house style it’s known for more than any other—for New Orleans it’s the shotgun Creole cottages, in Alexandria there are Colonial row houses, while Beaufort, South Carolina, is known for its Greek Revival mansions. In Charleston, the iconic house style is undoubtedly the single house. The multi-story houses that are much deeper than they are wide when viewed from the street, since they’re only a single room wide, hence the name. The home at 165 Tradd Street is a classic single house, with a white exterior, black shutters, and a red roof, situated in Charleston’s desirable South of Broad neighborhood. Currently listed by Middleton Rutledge of Sotheby’s International Realty for $1.299 million, the circa-1870 house has been completely updated by the current owners while maintaining some of its best historic features. Take a look inside this quintessential Charleston property.
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Tradd Street is in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, so admiring tourists are par for the course living in this house. The house certainly has a grand exterior, but it’s actually on the modest side relative to some of its more stately neighbors with 2,027 square feet of living space.
Unlike some of Charleston’s oldest, Federal-style homes, this Victorian-era house features a bit more ornamentation on the exterior, including the spindles in the porch railing and the detailed corbels flanking the front door. Speaking of the front door, as with all single houses, the street entrance opens onto the side porch, which stretches the length of the house.
Formal Living Room
Off the entryway is the formal living room, which features one of the house’s four original and operable fireplaces.
On the other side of the foyer is the formal dining room, which also boasts a functioning fireplace and showcases the beautiful original hardwood floors.
A modern, gourmet kitchen has been added on to the historic house, with design elements that make it look like it could have always been there, including the exposed brick walls and ceiling beams, butcher block island, and an incredible replica of an antique range.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, plus a sitting room that can serve as a third bedroom or office, along with two full bathrooms. This guest room is situated at the corner of the house and is basked in natural light from four windows. The attention to detail this house received is evident in both big and small ways, like those adorable built-in shelves where the chimney narrows out.
Stretching the length of the house, the double piazzas are both screened-in, making them additional living areas you can enjoy all year round and any time of day.
Capping off this beautiful home is an equally lovely walled English garden, which was designed by well-known Charleston landscape architect Robert Chesnut. It’s the perfect private oasis to escape to with a good book and a glass of sweet tea