Tour One of the Oldest Homes on Charleston's Famed East Battery
Tour One of the Oldest Homes on Charleston’s Famed East Battery
This circa-1837 mansion is on the market for the first time in five generations.
The Shackleford-Williams House retains many original features as well as those added during renovations in the early 1900s, including detailed woodwork and intricate mantles and ceiling medallions. Tall ceilings and lots of windows create unobstructed views of the water and provide a great deal of natural light. Scroll through the photos below for a rare look at some of the home’s most beautiful spaces.
How’s that for an entrance? The foyer and main staircase feature some of the home’s most impressive wood details, from the stunning banister to the wall paneling and those gorgeous hardwood floors.
Formal Living Room
Right off the foyer is the formal living room, with views of the water through the large bay windows. The house, at 7,500 square feet, is primed for hosting and entertaining with several large living spaces, both inside and out. The mantle pieces throughout the home vary somewhat in materials and design but many feature intricate details designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the early 20th century—yes, that Tiffany
Opposite the formal living room is the formal dining room, with impressive floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the first-floor’s enclosed piazza. Through the arched doorway is the family room, kitchen, and master bedroom.
In the early 1900s, the first-floor piazza was enclosed to create a solarium, the perfect casual space for hanging out after a day at the beach or prepping drinks to enjoy out on the patio.
Garden and Patio
The downtown Charleston home has a relatively spacious outdoor area, with a nice lawn, garden beds, and patio area. There’s even a sweet little Victorian-era “dollhouse” at the back of the property that the previous owner built for his daughters in 1906.
On the second and third floors are four additional spacious bedrooms, along with separate living areas and even two full kitchens, making it possible to turn part of the upstairs into a rental apartment
Also on the second and third floor are the expansive piazzas that stretch the length of the house. The perfect spot for rocking—or swinging—while you enjoy your morning coffee or a sunset cocktail.