The Post and Courier

Think back to the first rental in college, upper floor loft on that first job, the cozy starter home as newlyweds.

Often, thereís at least one locale that stirs memories for its unconventional charm, easy livability, familial ambiance.

Thatís the portrait offered at 73-B Ashley Ave., an upper floor rental in a three-story dwelling with views of downtown Charleston and beyond.

The 850-square-foot property is for rent for $1,000 a month with a 12-month lease. It comes unfurnished.

The house dates at least to the 1880s, according to Gary Rackley of AAA Property Management, which is handling the lease. Among the stylish touches from the 19th century are antique oak floors.

A top-notch feature of 73-B Ashley is a deck offering sights of Colonial Lake and of the Ashley River.

The one-bedroom apartment sports a decent-sized living room; eating area; small kitchen with refrigerator, stove and dishwasher; a full bathroom; and a washer and dryer. The deck is off the bedroom, which also includes a good-sized closet. Thereís also a sizable storage area.

Over the years, the three apartments in the house have been leased to a variety of tenants ó- college students, lawyer and architect among others. While the apartments arenít large enough for more than a single person or couple, they attract quite a bit of rental interest, Rackley says, noting that the units are kept up well.

According to Rackley, the apartmentís location in a 130-to-150-year-old home is also attractive. The rental unit is situated on Ashley Avenue not far from much of downtown Charleston and the historic district, with Wentworth Avenue to the north and Beaufain Street to the south.

ďItís a nice space.Ē

The property is half-a-block north of Colonial Lake. Heading south, take Rutledge Avenue below the Crosstown and Calhoun Street. Continue to Wentworth and turn right. Make a left on the next street, which is Ashley. On the right between Wentworth and Beaufain is 73-B Ashley Ave.

For more information, call 843-343-1622.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or