On first thought, stained-glass windows seem out of place in a chic double decker townhome in Charleston with upscale kitchen and trendy living room.

It's definitely attractive but not really a common fixture for a residence. Yet the fancy upper-floor windows fit in well, particularly when the property's longevity and locale is explained.

The two-tier condo, which recently went on the market, stands within a three-level house dating to 1870. The property stands at 165 Broad St., within the Charleston historic district. In other words, a pre turn-of-the-century downtown residence winds up as the kind of place where a stained glass window isn't so uncommon.

Such compatibility between vintage features and modern conveniences displays how the townhouse can be suitable for various buyers.

"You're looking at a professional couple, second home for out-of-town buyers, move up (shopper), or something for a retiree," says Bradley O'Mara, broker with Re/Max Elite in Charleston.

The three bedroom, two bath townhome, which amasses 2,500 square feet, lists at $679,900, O'Mara says.

Distinguishing features include original hardwood floors, period fireplaces and classic architectural style. The two-level condo also touts a rear deck that looks over a broad courtyard surrounded by tall trees and close to downtown rooftops.

According to O'Mara's listing write-up, the "stunning" Broad Street condo benefits from its proximate location to Colonial Lake and the Battery a few blocks away. On-street parking is close by.

O'Mara describes the condo as an "upstairs downstairs" fixture located on the second and third floors. That gives the owner "superior views of the private garden from both of your private decks."

Meanwhile, the residence underwent upgrades: "The roof was just replaced and decks have been remodeled," he says.

The main level master bedroom, he says, showcases "an oversized walk-in closet and a fireplace." There's an open kitchen with granite countertops, white cabinets and refrigerator, dishwasher and stove.

Also on the main floor: "The separate living and dining rooms are grand in size giving you added functionality and comfort," O'Mara says.

At the same time, a top level guest bedroom includes a walk-in closet that can be turned into extra storage space.

Good-sized windows throughout the house provide downtown street level sights as well as views of steeples and rooftops. Among the new, modified or redone interior features are a deck and laundry room. Crews totally repainted the house, and new storm windows were installed.

O'Mara says the classic condo-townhome for sale in Charleston's historic district proves an appropriate home to be listed by the new Re/Max Elite office at 91 Broad St. near the Charleston County Courthouse.

O'Mara, who heads up the office, wants to grow the agency's downtown Charleston real estate business.

The post-Civil War townhome has been on the market for around two months. "We've had some interest," he says. "This time of year; this is when the traffic starts picking up."

The broker says the townhome provides a host of attractions, from the broad windows to hardwood floors. But one feature stands out in particular."You've got the decks," O'Mara says. "You are among everyone."

The townhome can be reached through the main lobby at 165 Broad Street, which also includes entrances to other units.

Turn left on Broad and proceed about three blocks. On the right past Legare Street is 165 Broad St. Once inside, walk ahead to the entrance to the 165 Broad condo.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.


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