Turned perpendicular to the street with a side entrance, the Charleston single house remains identified with the Holy City and its historic district.
That doesn't mean, however, that single houses are limited to downtown or even one part of Charleston. The style's been reproduced in varying degrees all over the Lowcountry.
One such design is at 1055 Loyalist Lane in Mount Pleasant's Snee Farm neighborhood. Crafted in 1977, the three-story house went on the market recently and is for sale for $530,000, says Steve Young, listing agent with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors. "A traditional old Charleston style," Young adds.
There's something more about the house than simply its single home style, however. The owner Michael Ferrazzano crafted a renovation in 2002-05 that added 1,000 square feet, bringing the total square footage to 2,964. The extra space showcases a new kitchen, back porch and a second floor outdoor garden with well-draining flat roof.
"I think it's a great home," he says. "It's big enough to enjoy, small enough to maintain," says Ferrazzano, who wants to downsize.
Young aptly described the expanded, spruced up home in his listing write-up.
"This is a unique Charleston-single style home," he says.
The "lavish" remodel, Young says, includes taking a small kitchen and broadening the space while showing off a large family room where the back porch used to sit and a sprawling upstairs balcony.
"These, along with the large master bath (and) enlarged master bedroom," match up with the single-home area, he says. The result: "the best of both worlds," Young says.
The 36-year-old house exudes charm, he says, from the all-brick exterior to an iron fence bordering the sidewalk and low brick wall around the yard.
Young cites a bunch more attractions, notably:
- The 352-square-foot kitchen, which touts cherry cabinets, granite countertops including a center island, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile floor. It also possesses a gas stove fed by a propane tank on the property.
- Oversized, more than 500-square-foot family room that flows from the kitchen to a terrace and backyard.
- An "awesome" upstairs deck fitted with scores of potted plants, flowers, outdoor furniture and extra-solid wooden railings.
- Second floor master bedroom boasting "incredible" closet space.
- An expanded master bath that houses a clawfoot-style tub with contemporary features; separate double shower; and an unusual stand-up urinal, which could be replaced with a washer and dryer.
- Street appeal from a front courtyard area reachable through an iron gate. The driveway leads to a detached two-car garage with brickwork that matches the house. An irrigations system covers the yard.
- A traditional living room-den with a sizable brick hearth fireplace. The room, just off the foyer, ties into a back hallway to the kitchen that includes a pantry and laundry.
- All new windows as of 2009.
- Surround-sound speakers in the kitchen, family room, back terrace and master suite.
- A second courtyard entrance to the kitchen: "Think of this as the friends and family entrance."
- Dual closets and a mini-fridge in a hall that connects the master bedroom to the deck.
- Back staircase from the landscaped deck to the backyard with brick fence.
- A third floor with dormer-style windows and two rooms that could be bedrooms or office space. A bathroom also could be installed on the top floor.
"At this home you feel like you are in downtown Charleston- but (are really) in Snee Farm of Mount Pleasant," Young says. "Truly a wonderful blend of the old school Charleston-single style home that has been modified for today's living."
The house sits on the northwestern side of Snee Farm. Traveling east, take the Ravenel Bridge, staying in the left hand lanes to U.S. Highway 17. Go to the second traffic light and turn left on Mathis Ferry Road. Stay on Mathis Ferry through four roundabouts and make a left on Whipple Road. Take Whipple to the first traffic light. Make a right on Indigo Cut into Snee Farm. Take an immediate left on Law Lane. At the first Snee Farm circle, follow the road around to Governor's Road. Take the second right off Governor's Road onto Loyalist Lane. Ahead on the left is 1055 Loyalist Lane.
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Agent: Steve Young
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A traditional living room near the front of the house highlights the three-story brick residence in Mount Pleasant. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
The formal dining room showcases a mirrored wall to make the room look larger. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
Ceramic tile floor, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops distinguish the kitchen at 1055 Loyalist Lane. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
This family room emerged from an 1,000-square-foot addition in 2002-05. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
A second floor master bedroom at 1055 Loyalist Lane east of the Cooper provides ample extra space even with a large bed and furniture. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
This modified clawfoot tub fits in the center of the master bathroom at 1055 Loyalist Lane. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
A first-floor brick porch spotlights the backyard. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×
The second level of the close-to-3,000-square-foot home at 1055 Loyalist Lane sports a landscaped outdoor garden with flowers and plants. Leroy Burnell/Staff 12/26/2013×