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The Catholic Diocese of Charleston's historic mansion at 119 Broad St. went up for sale this week for $6.25 million. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

The Catholic Diocese of Charleston is selling its historic mansion at 119 Broad St. — the gray one behind the fence across from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist — for $6.25 million.

If the listing gets anywhere near the asking price, it would be one of the most expensive home sales on the peninsula. The sign by Handsome Properties went up Monday on the wrought-iron fence.

"We're already getting offers," listing agent Debbie Fisher said. "There’s just such a shortage of houses, and there are people looking for authentic historic properties.”

The four-story Morton Waring House was built between 1803 and 1807, with the marble facade added over brick in the early 1900s, according to the Charleston Museum.

In 1957, the diocese paid $60,000 for the property — by that time converted to apartments — for office space, according to a news article at the time. A bishop has never lived there. The offices moved to a new campus on Orange Grove Road in West Ashley in 2015.

"The building has long served the diocese well, and the decision to sell was not made lightly," diocese spokeswoman Maria Aselage said. "However, we have an obligation to put the mission of the Church first and, ultimately, it became clear that this could best be accomplished utilizing our resources in other locations and on other projects."

The Allegro Charter School of Music has been leasing the building since last summer, and that lease expires in July, Aselage said.

"We are advised that Allegro has already found other space," she said.

The 8,444-square-foot main house could have at least seven bedrooms, with another four bedrooms in the 2,444-square-foot carriage house, according to the listing.

The property, which is just under 0.7 acre, also includes a storage shed, a garden that's the size of a standard house lot and 14 off-street parking spaces. 

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"The lot is what makes it so incredible," Fisher said. "Land is so hard to come by downtown. It really does make it much more desirable for a lot of people who really need privacy."

Inside is a grand staircase, ornate-patterned parquet floors with mahogany inlays, crown molding and detailed chair railings throughout.

"While some of the house retains the historic details, a good portion of the home that has been used as office space will require renovation," the listing advises. 

The highest price ever paid for a downtown Charleston mansion was $7.72 million for the Colonel John Ashe House at 32 South Battery St. in 2015.

Earlier this year, the 5,500-square-foot house at 125 Tradd St. sold for $3.96 million after being on the market five days. It was listed for $4.2 million and also includes a two-story carriage house.

Also this year, the 4,269-square-foot house at 60 Church St. sold for $4.4 million.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.