White rounded columns guard the entrance to a striking two-story Mount Pleasant home for sale, built at the center of an Old Village enclave and reachable from a circular drive.

Located at 5 Pierates Cruz, the antebellum throwback boasts a pier (if no pirates). Rear decks and porches overlook dazzling water views from Morris Island to peninsula Charleston. The dock is on water sufficiently deep at high tide for any type of cruise.

"The unique thing, a lot of this is seven gardens," says Dan Pape, Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate and listing agent. The first owners in the early 1900s tended to camellias, azaleas and wisteria among other flowering plants. Their private garden and grounds, which closed in 1959, had names for each of the seven planting areas. Originally called Pierates Cruze Gard, the name was shortened and adjusted to Pierates Cruz when it became a neighborhood.

"The original house sat here," he says. The present 5,994-square-foot residence, built in 1967, sports five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Identified by an ample oak tree in the front lawn, the house is on the market for $3.5 million.

Pape says the property's striking views and close attractions such as Alhambra Hall make it ripe for empty nesters, say with grown children, or for a younger family that can take advantage of all the beds and baths — whether for their children or reunions.

Home perks include heart pine floors; upper end kitchen with Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf cooktop and granite counters; three gas fireplaces; formal dining room; double master suites upstairs and downstairs; standout decks; and first-level screened-in porch looking out on a venerable terrace, modern dock and Charleston Harbor.

Wainscoting highlights the entryway, and dental molding marks the living room. "We figure this was the original (part of the house)," Pape says.

Previous owners upgraded the property, even if some of the more than half-century-old house seems dated. "We realize that," the agent says.

A prized second-floor feature is a great room that opens to a wide deck overlooking the water. The room touts a brick fireplace, bar and dumbwaiter for ferrying food and dishes from the kitchen to the upstairs and back.

"It's good for entertaining," Pape says of the house. The owners, he says, "would start their day downstairs and work their way up."

In a listing write-up, Pape notes that 5 Pierates Cruz unveils "breathtaking panoramic views of Sullivan's Island, Fort Sumter, Morris Island, downtown Charleston and all the way to the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston Harbor."

He says the "stately and well-maintained" home, which got a new roof in February, offers the Southern charm of an old plantation home. "Grand two-story columns grace the front of the home along with the intricate brickwork and the meticulous landscaping," he says.

A large formal living room, brick staircase and spacious formal dining room spotlight the front of the home. An expansive family room near the back of the house counts a brick fireplace, wet bar, wall of windows and access to the blue stone terrace. An abundance of cabinets and a double oven distinguish the gourmet kitchen.

Crown molding, antique beams and hardwood floors are among the sophisticated fixtures, Pape says.

Additional perks include breakfast, powder, laundry and exercise rooms; full bath with steam shower; and master suite boasting a whirlpool tub and walk-in closet with built-in shelves within the private bathroom.

Striking upstairs features include the second master bath and bedroom with access to an outdoor balcony, as well as the 624-square foot great room complete with towering brick fireplace and back staircase to the lower center hallway. Panoramic views highlight the screened-in porch and deck.

The second floor tallies three bedrooms — two with private baths — and a hall powder room. Custom features include metal banisters, specialized brickwork and arched windows. A home audio system has its own room controls. The house also boasts a central vacuum system, alarm system, two tank-less hot water systems, lawn irrigation and the private dock and boat lift with 1800-square-foot floater.

"This home offers a true sense of Old Charleston sophistication, while still incorporating modern features and upgrades," Pape says.

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Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.


Agent: Dan Pape

Office: Carolina One Real Estate

Phone: 843-870-9073