By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Sullivan’s Island nightlife is in the center of town, traffic’s on Jasper Boulevard east to Isle of Palms and the west end claims Fort Moultrie, right?
In the broadest terms, that’s a qualified yes. The island does have a strip of restaurants, shops and a gas station stretching a block or two on Middle Street from the Ben Sawyer Bridge access road. Jasper Boulevard is an east-west route, but the Isle of Palms Connector has vastly reduced its role as a main artery.
And indeed, Fort Moultrie is on the west side of the island but so are a big park, fire station, town hall and the library.
Still, an argument can be made that visitors in particular and residents to some extent overlook or ignore the few blocks west of the fort.
Included in the high-end houses near the tip of the island is 1002 Middle St., which offers views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The sights sure are a drawing point for the 5,100-square-foot home, built in 2001, says Lynn Barber, Realtor with Carriage Properties and the house’s listing agent.
But so is its removed setting about two blocks from the island’s terminus.
“I think that’s part of (the appeal).” Barber says. “I think it’s quiet.”
The three-tier residence, located a block from the ocean, is on the market for $2,295,000.
Barber says the home, which has twin ground-floor garages, would be popular with several buyer types.
“You know what? It could be a family” most likely of teen-agers or older youngsters, she says. “A lot of people are buying together” as vacation homes, she says. Or, purchasers could desire the six-bedroom, six-bath home for its investment income from beach rentals, Barber says.
The homeowner gradually upgraded the property with top-of-the-line touches while fashioning the house with bright colored walls of light greens, yellows and dark blues. Hardwood floors, including heart pine, and crown moldings dominate the living spaces and sleeping quarters.
Traditionally styled on the outside with twin columned porches and an ascending front stairway, the home takes on a whimsical flavor inside from the variety of hues and such fixtures as a cascading water wall at the top of stairs.
Fireplaces, including as a waist-high decorative model in the breakfast room, dot the living quarters.
The first tier of the house above the garages is marked by four sizable suites, each with bedroom and adjoining bath. At the back of the first level is a gathering area with fireplace and television as well as an adjacent “mini-kitchen,” Barber says.
The main floor is the second level, noted for its open floor plan. According to Barber, the eat-in kitchen comprises a Sub-Zero refrigerator with wooden door covering, two dishwashers, wine cooler, bread warmer and custom cabinets as well as granite countertops and a decent-sized center island.
Also on the second tier is a semi-formal dining room leading to a back side porch and a bright living room housing a string of windows and an expansive fireplace with travertine surround and wood mantel.
Just off the living room is an outdoor “living porch” complete with fireplace, overhead TV and stylish yet casual furniture.
The top level is most eye-catching. As Barber describes it in a brochure, “master suite is the entire third floor.” The sleeping area looks out toward the ocean and includes a broad closet and elongated window seat. A sitting area is toward the back of the top floor. The lengthy master bath, meanwhile, includes a high-end shower, separate tub, heated floors and a door to the front porch — which has sights of Charleston Harbor. There’s also a rear porch that overlooks the ICW and marshes as well as the fairly sizable back yard.
Connecting the floors are wooden staircases as well as an elevator.
Barber says that buyers also have an option to also purchase a neighboring metal-roofed cottage built around 1915. The 1,200-square-foot cottage, completely renovated four years ago, possesses three bedrooms and two baths. The package deal with both houses would be $2,950,000, she says.
As Barber put it in the flyer, the property is “Sullivan’s Island at its best.”
The 1002 Middle St. house is almost to the western tip of the island. From the north, take Coleman and then Ben Sawyer boulevards. Continue across the causeway from Mount Pleasant and cross the Ben Sawyer Bridge. Turn right on the island onto Middle Street. Take Middle Street for 12 blocks, passing Fort Moultrie. The home is on the right, shortly before the intersection with 10th Street. The cottage is on the corner.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agent: Lynn Barber
Office: Carriage Properties
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