The Post and Courier

Wake to a leisurely breakfast, tour historic Charleston on foot and dine at a scrumptious eatery. After the sun sets, enjoy the nightlife then stroll home.

Sure, you can vary the routine. Maybe even take the car out for a drive. But it’s all possible at one former warehouse that today is home to more than 20 posh condos.

Queens Gate Condominiums is in a mammoth brick building at 3 Queen St. dating to 1865. Located between East Bay and State streets, the residential mid-rise with secure entry and first-level private parking is within walking distance of restaurants, Charleston Waterfront Park, shops, centuries-old homes and the Market area.

Among the condos in Queens Gate is 3 Queen St. No. 203, a 760-square-foot condo-loftburnished with exposed wooden beams, decades-old heart pine floors and 20-foot ceilings.

The one-bedroom residence with full bath and powder room is on the market for $385,000.

“It’s perfect as a little pied-a-terre,” says Peggy Reese, Realtor with AgentOwned Realty and listing agent.

From the French for “foot to the ground,” a pied-a-terre is a second home or temporary residence. In Charleston real estate circles, the term is often employed in the context of a smaller condo, townhome or home that country or beachside homeowners open up for weekends or periodic visits to the city.

Reese says the condo, which also can be rented out, would attract buying interest “probably as a second home or somebody who lives out at Kiawah (Island) and wants an in-town place.”

There’s another possible perk for purchasers: The elegantly designed flat is available fully furnished. “Furniture and artwork is negotiable — just bring your toothbrush,” Reese says in her description of 3 Queen St. No. 203.

Adding to the condo’s appeal is the host of attractions at Queens Gate. The multistory building with towering ceilings on each floor showcases a two-story exercise room with treadmills, weights and other fitness equipment as well as cable TV. A laundry room is on the second floor.

On the third level is a business center with wireless online capabilities. It’s just off the live-in manager’s office. The complex has a parking garage under the building that can be accessed via remote through an oversized metal door off of State Street. There are ample parking spaces for residents.

The covered front entry to Queens Gate is off Queen Street, via a recessed set of four wooden doors with glass panels and transom over top. Residents can enter by punching in the security code; owners can buzz guests in from the lobby or remotely with a smart phone.

“It’s a full service building,” Reese says. “There are security cameras everywhere.”

The plush lobby leads to a set of stairs and elevator, which ushers people to the condos. Owners pay $490 a month as regime fees.

A plan in the works is to build a rooftop patio providing sights of Charleston Harbor and the historic district, she says.

Among the features of No. 203 in Queens Gate are exposed brick on two walls and a large window that looks out on Queen Street.

The condo’s functional kitchen — complete with refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher — is near the entrance. Across the hall is a half-bath and closet space. Ahead is the dining room with chandelier and an overhang that terminates at the roomy living quarters. Several pieces of furniture can fit in the living room, which has vaulted ceilings.

Stairs along the east wall rise to the bedroom loft, which is quite spacious and includes a railing that overlooks the living area. A shower was added to the upstairs bathroom in 2006. Other condo upgrades include a new heat pump installed in 2005 and a sensor on the water heater five years ago.

Reese, who owns a condo at Queens Gate, says, “There isn’t a better spot downtown.”

The residence is in the French Quarter, one of the oldest sections of Charleston dating to the late 17th century. Heading south, take East Bay Street and cross Calhoun and then Market streets. Continue a few blocks south of the Market and make a right on Queen Street. On the left is Queens Gate. Once through the entrance, go up one floor and turn right. On the right at the end of the carpeted hallway is 3 Queen St. No.203.

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Agent: Peggy Reese

Office: The AgentOwned Realty Co.

Phone: 843-693-2050

Philosophy: “Integrity — Experience — Results.”

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or