Charleston, S.C. | $625,000
A 1945 brick-clad cottage with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, on a 0.2-acre lot
This home is in Byrnes Downs, a neighborhood west of the Ashley River. On the other side of the river is the peninsula with historic downtown Charleston; you can drive over the bridge and be there in less than 10 minutes. The West Ashley Greenway, a rail trail that extends more than 10 miles, is less than two blocks from this property, and a number of restaurants, bars and shops are clustered along main roads to the north and east. A Whole Foods and a tennis center that charges a nominal fee for court use are less than a mile west. Folly Beach is about 10 miles south.
Size: 1,384 square feet
Price per square foot: $452
Indoors: The front door opens into a living room with original hardwood floors and traditional molding painted a glossy white. Next to it is a dining room lit by a brass chandelier with spidery arms and double-hung windows with energy-efficient glass. The adjacent galley kitchen was recently remodeled and has marble-topped, white custom cabinets, subway-tiled walls, wide-board flooring and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range.
Two bedrooms with hardwood floors, chair-rail molding and sash windows with shutters are on the main level. They share a bathroom that has an original cast-iron tub, basket-weave floor tile and striped wallpaper. A small third bedroom was converted into a windowed laundry room. The attic was remade into a bedroom that is currently being used as an office. The en suite bathroom has striped wallpaper and a shower.
Outdoor space: A white picket fence surrounds the front lawn. The kitchen opens to a moss-covered stone patio with boxwoods, azaleas and camellias. Beyond that is a rear lawn area and additional garden beds. A small storage shed is attached to one side of the house, and a driveway for off-street parking is on the other side.