The master suite taps into a semi-private courtyard as the balcony looks out on Waterfront Park, the elevator commands the foyer and a side door avails private parking.

These personalized attractions mark the hard-to-top setting of 36-N Prioleau St., a 2,262-square-foot three-bedroom condominium for sale in downtown Charleston.

The plush property stands in the luxurious One Vendue cluster of high-end residences, bordering the city's central business district and cobblestone streets dotted with 18th and 19th century homes.

"It's not historic but it's in a great spot," says Alan Donald, broker associate with Keller Williams Realty and the condo's listing agent. On the market a month, the property lists for $2,165,000.

"We've had 10 showings and two offers," says Meghan Bowes, Realtor and marketing manager with Donald's real estate team at Keller Williams.

The one-level dwelling, Donald says, would appeal to second-home buyers who would drop into Charleston during the winter. Yet he says that most of the well-heeled shoppers who've walked through the condo live in the Lowcountry and want to downsize, accruing "less maintenance" than with the grandiose homes they now occupy.

Donald recently penned his observations of 36-N Prioleau St. - finely crafted in 2003 and boasting the same owner for a decade.

"Watch the sailboats cruise by Charleston Harbor from the front balcony of the luxury downtown condo," he says, noting the viewing line extends as far as Fort Sumter and takes in the city's pineapple fountain. "Enjoy a stroll along Waterfront Park or walk two blocks to the historic City Market and The Battery."

According to Donald, the French Quarter condo's premium location pairs with "an updated floor plan that is open and inviting." The owner incurred one significant structural change, relocating a laundry room off the entrance to a secluded alcove and configuring a wide hallway graced with an open breakfast area.

A standout condo feature consists of the "signature" kitchen. Flowing to the family room, the culinary campus showcases granite countertops; stainless steel six-burner gas range; Thermador double ovens; Sub-Zero refrigerator; two dishwashers; and porcelain farmhouse sink.

The condo's elegant theme - high ceilings, crown molding, wainscoting and hardwood floors - continues into the master suite.

A spacious walk-in closet marks the large bedroom, while an Herbeau vintage French tub; bidet; and IV Georges brass line of Kohler faucets spotlight the master bath. A French style door leads from the bedroom to the condo community's "lush mezzanine garden with fountains and benches," Donald says.

For guests or family, the condo positions a second bedroom across the hall complete with double closets and a full bathroom. A third room near the front of the condo possessess an armoire closet and "makes for an attractive study-office or third bedroom," he says.

The condo building's ground level garage supplies 36-N Prioleau with two parking spaces, a premium in a part of town with a dearth of off-street parking. In addition, the building provides a concierge service and sports a rooftop patio with wide-ranging sights of the harbor.

"Tucked away from the bustling streets," Donald says, "this end unit is serene and peaceful, with many windows welcoming in the natural light."

The condo stands on the first level at 36 Prioleau St. Heading south, take East Bay Street across Calhoun and Market streets. Make a left on Vendue Range. The first right is Prioleau Street and the first building on the left is 36 Prioleau. Access the door on the south side alley and take the elevator from the garage to 36-N Prioleau St.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or


Agent: Alan Donald, broker associate

Office: Keller Williams Realty

Phone: 843-900-0155

Philosophy: "To use our market experience, excellent communication skills, marketing knowledge and cutting edge technology to exceed our clients' expectations and build a successful referral-based business."