Lower Church Street carriage house charming spot for executive to lease

The carriage house at 3 Church St. offers peaceful surroundings a block from The Battery.

The brick paved strip of lower Church Street is hidden away from most tour buses and horse-drawn carriages. Yet it’s close to White Pointe Gardens and easy access downtown.

Moreover, the street is lined with antebellum homes, some shooting up three stories, others with sizable yards and wooden and wrought iron gates.

The combination of quiet, convenience and historic prominence make the homes popular for permanent residents or vacation-home buyers.

On occasion, dwellings are offered for rent, marking them prime attractions executives who want a showy place to stay while in Charleston.

Sometimes, a whole house can be rather large to lease. But a number of properties include carriage houses, which are smaller but provide many of the perks of the mansion next door.

Charleston-based Belser Thompson Real Estate is renting such a home at 3 Church St. The 1,800-square-foot, two-story brick house is situated behind a wooden gate flanking Church and in the backyard of a spacious residence overlooking South Battery. There’s a separate entrance, and parking is available on the street.

“The location is the best there is – as my father would say, ‘The lead side of the 50-yard line,’” says Bill Thompson, partner in Belser Thompson. The home, which has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, is available for a year’s lease at $2,500 a month.

Thompson says it’s a good choice as an executive residence, where a corporate player can live comfortably in downtown Charleston.

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The property is bordered by elegant gardens, including a large oleander outside the front door.

At its entrance, the house opens up with a two-story great room with a fireplace at the far end. There are hardwood floors throughout the home. The tidy eat-in kitchen has a long counter and refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. Adjacent to it is a dining room.

Thompson says the property has been noticed by possible renters. “Yeah, I’ve had some interest,” he says.

For more information, contact Thompson at (843) 577-6555.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com