It's unclear whether the deal will make its way into the "Southern Charm" story line, but reality TV personality and former politician Thomas Ravenel sold his South of Broad home for $3.3 million this week.
Charleston County property records show Ravenel sold 24 Church St. in downtown Charleston on Tuesday. The buyer was Gregory F. Rayburn, a Johns Island-based business executive who specializes in restructuring companies. Rayburn could not be reached for comment.
Ravenel purchased the brick and stucco 18th-century, three-story home for $3.2 million in May 2006, according to the county.
A real estate listing shows the 5,543-square-foot residence has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a personal gym, nine-foot ceilings and French doors overlooking a private garden.
Ravenel sold the home shortly after purchasing it in 2006, but within months bought it back because he couldn't find another house on the market that he liked, he said Wednesday in an email. He added that he also rented the home before he eventually bought it, paying $5,000 a month.
"I rarely stayed there. ... I decided to sell it for good this time," Ravenel said Wednesday. "It's a great house, and I'm sure I'll miss it."
The former politician owns a plantation near Hollywood. He also said he spends time in areas such as Palm Beach and Sarasota, Fla.
"When I'm in Charleston, I'm more at my country place," Ravenel said. "I'm there a lot and rarely (at the downtown home). I said, 'Why am I paying for this house and the upkeep?'"
Ravenel resigned as South Carolina's treasurer in 2007, later pleading guilty to cocaine possession. He was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and three years of probation.
Ravenel has been back in the news of late for his role in the Charleston-based Bravo network reality show "Southern Charm," which has aired five episodes so far.
Ravenel also has hinted that he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham.
Last month, it was reported Ravenel will have his driver's license suspended for six months after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge in New York.
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