Visitors love coming to Charleston to soak up the history, architecture and overall beauty of the Lowcountry. A key piece of that is Charleston’s impeccable gardens. Whether it’s a historic plantation or a private home in the heart of the historic district, the gardens are breath-taking with their blooming flowers, trees and carefully planted beds and walkways. House hunters in the Charleston area will be drawn to homes with traditional Charleston gardens and spacious outdoors living areas. Thanks to Charleston’s warm climate, homeowners have ample opportunity to enjoy their pools, gardens, patio views and outdoor living spaces.
If you’re looking for a home with great gardens, put these requirements on the list for your real estate agent:
A garden that uses some native plants and has been designed to thrive in Charleston’s climate. The summer heat and humidity can wilt any plants not suited to the weather, so you’ll want a garden that can tolerant heat and doesn’t require constant watering.
A garden planted to thrive all year long. Because of Charleston’s relatively mild winters and its warm spring and fall, gardens can produce colorful shows throughout the year. A space planted with a variety of species will bloom in different seasons and provide visual interest that varies month to month.
A garden space that bridges the indoors and the outdoors. Looks for homes with spacious porches and patios, French doors that open onto verandas and outdoor kitchens and living spaces that provide a natural flow to and from the gardens. For two excellent examples of Charleston gardens, check out the below properties listed by Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty.
Located in the heart of downtown Charleston’s Ansonborough neighborhood is 71 Anson St., an incredible space with mature gardens and a saline pool. Planned gardens with flowering plants and ornamental shrubs frame the pool and create a storybook like setting. Known as the Thomas Doughty House, this home was built in 1808 so its historic gardens include traditional Charleston garden rooms with mature landscaping. Porches overlook the pool, which is lined by Italian Cypress trees that create a natural privacy wall and calming views.
On James Island, homebuyers will be drawn to a lakeside English manor with elegant gardens and exceptional lake views. The house at 13 Johnson Road was built in 2007 yet looks as if it’s been on the property for centuries. The grand stone entrance complements the surrounding landscaping and gardens to create a unique home experience. With an outdoor kitchen and pool, homeowners can escape to the outdoors to relax while taking in the lake views, blooming hydrangeas and mature trees and hedges that create a natural privacy barrier.
Author:Ruthie Ravenel Phone: 843-696-8858 Dated: April 18th 2016 Views: 2,900 About Ruthie: A Charleston native, Ruthie Ravenel grew up on Broad Street in the heart of the Holy City. She atten...
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About Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
For more than 30 years, Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty has been marketing, representing, and selling luxury homes in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. We specialize in luxury homes both on and off the downtown peninsula. From historic pre-Revolutionary mansions, to well located urban pied-a-terres, to stunning beachfront retreats, we specialize in finding the lifestyle that is right for every client. Since 1983, we have been able to oversee nearly one billion dollars in real estate transactions, all without litigation. Additionally, because we are a locally owned company, all of our agents are either native to Charleston or a well-established resident of the Charleston area—and it is for this reason that we are completely in tune with every subtle aspect of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
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"I would highly recommend Anne as a realtor. I met Anne several months ago. As a real estate investor, when I meet a Realtor I always ask them to keep me in mind if they see something interesting. After 3 1/2 years in Charleston, Anne was the first realtor to actually follow up. She sent me information on a property which I put an offer on. While in my due diligence period, Anne was there every step of the way. She found different subcontractors, negotiated a better price, and researched different options for the property. While I did not ultimately make that purchase, I was so impressed with Anne I knew she would be my Charleston Realtor from then on. Please understand that my mother was a successful broker in San Francisco, my husband is a developer and I have a lot of Realtor friends so I have a very high standard. I recently decided to sell a duplex I renovated last year. Of course I listed it with Anne. She went above and beyond dealing with tenants, meeting with inspectors, coordinating the marketing materials, etc. Not only did I receive a good offer within a couple of weeks but Anne was able to get a strong back-up offer too. I could go on and on but I am out of town and writing on my phone."