How far will your money go in the real estate market of Charleston, South Carolina?
Well, a mere $7.773 million will buy you a historic 9 bedroom, 13 bath, 17,142 square foot home overlooking Charleston Harbor in the city’s elite High Battery neighborhood.
Located at the tip of the peninsula where Water Street and E Bay Street met, the Nathaniel Ingraham house has stood witness to more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1810 , during the states grand Antebellum era, this home quite literally saw the first shots of the American Civil War.
On December 20, 1860, following the election of Abraham Lincoln, the South Carolina General General Assembly voted to secede from the Union. Less than a month later on January 9, 1861, cadets from Charleston famed Citadel opened fire on the Union ship Star of the West as it entered Charleston Harbor. On April 12, 1861, shore batteries under the command of General Pierre G.T. Beauregard opened fire on the Union-held Fort Sumter, located at the mouth of Charleston Harbor. After a 34-hour bombardment, Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort, and the American Civil War had begun.
During the War, Union forces repeatedly bombarded the city, causing vast damage, and kept up a blockade that shut down most commercial traffic, although some blockade runner got through. Gone With The Wind fans will remember that Rhett spent part of the War as one of these blockade runners.
This modified Federal property has undergone an exhaustive restoration and renovation, with attention to detail and an eye for historic integrity. Upon entering the home, your eyes are drawn to the grand living room facing Charleston Harbor. Tall windows take full advantage of the natural light and water views.
Restored moldings in the Federal style frame the room and windows, with original Heart pine floors, an Adamesque fireplace mantel and a Venetian chandelier adding to the historic ambiance.
If you own a $7.7 million home on Charleston Harbor surely you will have a lot more friends to entertain. In this home the living room flows into the formal dining room.
A turn-of-the-century tin ceiling graces the dining room, as do a fireplace and a Federal “wave” chair rail.
French doors open onto the Piazza, further extending the living and entertaining space. The gated driveway, courtyard and garden feature custom ironwork and are overflowing with Confederate Jasmine, Camphor trees and Palmettos.
A classical style pool surrounded by fountains and bluestone pavers lead to a “secret garden” at the rear of the property.
Adjoining the courtyard, a kitchen is part of a new wing added in 2007, with a Caesar Stone island, stunning 17th century marble sink and five sets of French doors opening onto the Piazza.
The master suite can be found on the second floor, with windows overlooking the harbor.
His and Her walk-in closets, a gas fireplace and luxurious bath with two antique vanities.
A sitting room with the original cedar ceiling and an attached full bath is also found on the second floor.
A third floor offers additional space.
The third floor offers three bedrooms and two full baths, creating a private area for guests.
Additional guest quarters can be found on the ground level, with a living area, bedroom, full bath, kitchen and separate entrance creating an apartment if desired. A portion of this level was added during the 2007 renovation and features a dry sauna, steam shower, laundry room and garage. Bluestone flooring and decorative ceiling beams were added to mimic the details of the original structure.