60 Montagu

The historic mansion at 60 Montagu St. in Charleston features six bedrooms and five and a half baths. It's being auctioned off May 5. Provided/Elite Auctions

An antebellum mansion in Charleston's Historic District is going on the auction block. Realtor.com puts the price at $12.95 million.

The 9,345-square-foot Gaillard-Bennett House at 60 Montagu St. will be sold without reserve May 5 through Elite Auctions. The three-story house, built in 1801, features six bedrooms and five and a half baths.

Along with the main residence is a restored former kitchen house, carriage house and a reconstructed tack house for all the mechanicals on the property. The 1.25-acre site includes expansive gardens, a newly built pool house and a salt water pool.

Multiple requests

An Ohio-based developer will seek permission from the city of Charleston to demolish, dismantle or move several older, dilapidated structures at Meeting and Line streets to make way for a new apartment building.

Lifestyle Communities of Columbus is scheduled to ask the Board of Architectural Review in a special meeting Wednesday to raze the two-story structure dating back to the mid-1800s at 491 Meeting St., across from the shuttered Church's Chicken restaurant.

The developer also wants to move a two-story house dating to about 1885 from around the corner at 38 Line St., beside the AAA Downtown Storage property, to 491 Meeting.

In addition, Lifestyle Communities also wants to partially demolish, renovate and relocate the late-1800s houses at 41 and 43 Sheppard streets to vacant parcels at 43 and 45 Line, respectively.

The developer also wants to partially demolish and renovate the mid-1800s houses at 487 and 493 Meeting St. as well as renovate and relocate on site the mid-1800s house at 34 Line St. It also will request approval to build a new single-story structure on a vacant parcel at 489 Meeting St.

The board also will review but take no action on the overall development plan for several properties on Line, Meeting and Sheppard streets connected to the other properties.

Lifestyle Communities and its partners have proposed building a 250-unit apartment community on the current site of the storage business on Line Street and adjoining properties. The antebellum smokestack and central building of the storage warehouse date back to the mid-1800s and are protected under the city's preservation rules.

New homes

A new Berkeley County community is expected to open in June.

Sanctuary Cove in Cane Bay, developed by Dallas-based home builder and PulteGroup brand Centex, will feature 125 single-family, one- and two-story homes with prices starting in the low $200,000s. The neighborhood at 388 Sanctuary Park Drive also will include walking trails, fishing and access to nearby schools.

Six floor plans offer three to five bedrooms and two to four bathrooms, with homes ranging from 1,500 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet. Model homes are currently under construction.

“We expect early interest to come from buyers who want affordable new construction, energy savings and a home warranty, along with the ability to pick their own building site and then plan and personalize their home to make it their own,” said Ann Taylor, general sales manager.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.