The Post and Courier

A wealthy baker-ice cream maker whipped up this Colonial Revival Style residential confection overlooking White Point Gardens in 1895.

Located at 38 South Battery, the 3,400-square-foot property can be secured as a furnished house for - gulp - $6,000 a month.

Mind you, that's not to buy the four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home in Charleston's south of Broad historic district. It's the lease price, according to Matt Manaker of Charleston Home Rentals. The cost works out to less than $75,000 a year.

For the right sum, then, a well-to-do renter can live at least for a while in a 19th century house with period furniture and "panoramic views" of Charleston Harbor.

Frederick Heinz, a "prosperous German baker, confectioner and ice cream manufacturer," raised the house 119 years ago, Manaker says.

In his description of 38 Battery, the property manager says prospects can glimpse images of the home's elegance right from the walkway to the house.

"Notice the double piazzas, intricate classic iron work on the gate and look up to the historic dome featured in many old photographs of the "Holy City," he says.

The classic appeal continues on the inside, Manaker says. Visible right away are pristine oak floors with mahogany inlays throughout most of the home.

Individual highlights include the formal living room. It sports a corner fireplace with Windsor-style iron front and Colonial surround - one of four fireplaces within the home. According to Manaker, the living quarters make "a perfect room for greeting guests and entertaining."

Off the living room stands the large-sized dining room, which is being used as a music room. A door leads to one of the piazzas. The adjacent family room-drawing room touts raised-panel wainscoting gracing the walls and another fireplace with matching hearth.

The renovated kitchen, which is next to the family-drawing room, counts such enticements as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, slate tile flooring, a two-tiered island with raised paneling, a pantry and a preserved brick chimney. The chimney, which remained after the restoration, "adds to the eclectic period of the home," Manaker says.

Also downstairs are two sets of French doors that lead to the well-appointed Charleston garden. The backyard setting features a brick patio, wall fountain and stone medallions on privacy walls graced with "fig ivy," he says.

Sleeping quarters start on the second floor.

According to Manaker, the master suite presents a "wonderful retreat." Comprising it are a sizable bedroom, two fireplaces, sitting room with a set of doors that lead to the front piazza and another door off the bedroom that opens to the side porch piazza. Then there's the master bathroom, which consists of a large soaking tub; "subway" tiling; marble vanity; and an original stained-glass diamond window that showcases its beauty when the morning sun comes through, Manaker says.

Two more bedrooms and a hall bathroom finish off the second floor.

The top level, meanwhile, features a large open room now used as a bedroom but that "could be a media room or an art studio with all the natural light that shines throughout the day," he says. The third floor also contains a full bath and large walk-in closet.

The house stands near the corner of South Battery and King streets. Heading south, take King and pass below Broad Street. Continue to South Battery and turn right. On the right is 38 South Battery.

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