By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
A horse-drawn carriage lumbered up Logan Street one afternoon this week, the guide holding the reins while feeding historic tidbits to the vacationing riders.
Few cities in the United States can match downtown Charleston for its centuries-long heritage and accompanying visual appeal. That’s one reason why the historic district is popular with homebuyers, whether seeking a primary residence or a getaway.
Consider 88 Logan St. The stucco-sided townhome is a short drive – in some cases, a stroll – from many of the sights on the lower peninsula. Moreover, the residence is just a few blocks from the city’s central business district.
The townhouse is in “a great location,” says Joyce King, Realtor with Disher, Hamrick & Myers in Charleston. “It’s so convenient to King Street shopping.”
The 1,536-square-foot townhome, set between Queen and Magazine streets, is for sale for $575,000.
Perks include more than simply a prime location. The townhome sports three bedrooms, two full baths and a powder room. It has a landscaped backyard patio. The property possesses a deeded off-street parking space, which is a less-than-common benefit downtown. A sidewalk passes in front of the 47-year-old Logan Street residence. And the building is being sold “fee simple,” which means there’s no regime fee. (Homeowners association dues are $500 a year).
Built in 1966, the residence has undergone a thorough makeover. Among the highlights: new floors, restyled kitchen and an eye-catching touch-up to the yellow exterior.
Recognizing the townhome’s upgrades this year, King sees a host of possible purchaser types. “I think this would be good for a young couple,” she says. Another potential buyer would be someone who isn’t going to stay in Charleston year round but can easily “close it up” when traveling or otherwise away. “Or, it could be for students to live in,” says King, pointing out that the College of Charleston is within walking distance.
She cites some of the improvements:
• Less-than-year-old kitchen appliances including refrigerator, dishwasher and stove.
• Updated heating and air conditioning system and hot water heater.
• Brazilian cherry floors throughout the downstairs and brand new carpet on the second level.
• Newly painted inside and out.
In her listing, King cites the “large eat-in kitchen with tons of cabinets.” Just off the kitchen, which is located close to the front of the townhouse, are a pantry and the laundry room with washer and dryer.
The comfortable living quarters offer a place to entertain or chat with guests. The Realtor singles out the “open great room (and) dining area,” which are toward the back of the residence. New thermal glass doors lead to a “charming garden-patio area,” she says.
The three bedrooms and two full baths are upstairs (The half-bath is on the ground level). Rooms incorporate “closets galore,” she says.
Another appealing feature stands on the other side of the fenced-in porch, says King, who held an open house for agents this week. The townhome “backs up to common green space that is to be beautified and professionally landscaped this year,” she says.
The townhome is less than two blocks north of Broad Street. Heading south, get on Rutledge Avenue, crossing Calhoun Street and passing Colonial Lake. Turn left on Broad Street. Take the third left, which is Logan Street. Pass the Queen Street intersection and then one of the parking areas for the townhomes. Ahead on the right is 88 Logan St.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agent: Joyce King
Office: Disher, Hamrick & Myers
Philosophy: “I have over 24 years of successful real estate sales and marketing, coupled with ongoing professional education and training. The extent of my experience enables me to use all aspects of my skills so that I can offer my customers and clients the highest level of service. Adept in historical properties and their restoration, I have restored several homes and investment properties in the historic district of Charleston.”
The living-dining area opens to the back porch of the townhouse, which is for sale for $575,000 (Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
Hardwood floors highlight the family room at 88 Logan St. The townhome is 1,536 square feet (Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
A patio accentuates the backyard at 88 Logan St., built in 1966 (Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
Shelves are built into the bedroom-office of the downtown Charleston townhome (Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
A vanity sink is in this bathroom at 88 Logan St., located a few blocks north of Broad Street (Leroy Burnell/Staff).×
A shower is at the far end of the bathroom (Leroy Burnell/Staff).×