Welders and mechanics used to learn how to work on cars in the building where Eric and Christine Jablon resided for the past five years.
The structure, built in 1923, was the former gym for Murray Vocational School and at one time held an auto body shop on the ground floor.
In recent times, it was converted into six luxury lofts as part of the 3 Chisolm St. development, which also includes the much larger main school building next door.
"We sure loved living there," says Jablon, a local dentist. The 1,900-square-foot condo, unit #405 at 3 Chisolm St., is on the market for $699,000.
"The target market is young professionals," says Kay Kennerty, Realtor with Agent Owned Preferred Group who is listing the property.
The dwelling, which has hardwood floors throughout, is one of the larger lofts in the complex. It also is one of the few with a small balcony on the main level. Jablon says there is enough space for a grill. The condo, meanwhile, has two parking spaces on the ground level.
One major change the couple made was installing an addition, a small gallery above the main floor. The room creates views of the nearby Ashley River and of Charleston Harbor. It is accessible by a spiraling staircase off the kitchen. "We were trying to save space and give it character," Jablon says.
A centerpiece of the loft is the extra-large kitchen. The cooking area is spotlighted by granite countertops and high-end stainless appliances, including separate icemaker, ringing an island.
"It is a great entertaining space," Kennerty says, noting that the kitchen flows into a dining nook and then the spacious living room. "That's the appeal."
Living quarters are marked by high ceilings, gas fireplace and room for furniture and big-screen television. "I would really call this a 'great' room," she says. There's a laundry room on the main floor, which includes washer and dryer.
Up the chief flight of stairs is the master suite. There are somewhat obscured views of Charleston Harbor from the bedroom, which has thin, non-obtrusive metal railing cords in front of the windows to continue with the industrial feel. The master bathroom has a jetted tub and early 20th century-style "subway" tile.
Rooms are painted contemporary brown and blue, and an exposed beige air vent and metal ceiling braces carry on the urban design.
Jablon says the location is hard to beat, in Charleston's historic downtown yet across from a open park with space to let pets run around or to play soccer. Across Broad Street are tennis courts, and joggers can loop Colonial Lake or The Battery.
Developers restored the old Murray vocational school in 2001, designing the lofts and condos in two buildings separated by a courtyard.
"It feels like the original," Kennerty says.
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