Most Expensive Homes Sold in Charleston, SC
There’s a reason (well, many more than one) that home buyers are flocking to relocate to Charleston, S.C. First, it’s beautiful! It’s a beautiful city filled with a rich history, good schools and warm hospitality.
Charleston was first settled in 1630 as “Charles Town,” in honor of King Charles II. And, 400 years later, the Holy City still appeals to the masses of movers. For those moving to Charleston with a high-end budget, there are plenty of luxe, waterfront homes in the surrounding islands, on the Battery or historic downtown. Additional attractive neighborhoods are in Goose Creek, James Island, Mount Pleasant, Riverland Terrace, South of Broad, Stiles Point, Wagener Terrace, and West Ashley.
Here are 9 most expensive luxury properties that sold in the Charleston, SC market over the last six months, with all information pulled and cultivated from the listings:
171 Flyway Drive, Kiawah Island
The Kiawah Island address is one of the most heavenly on earth, with 10 pristine miles of beachfront and lush, natural landscape surroundings. This incomparable six-bedroom home is settled on a private, back oceanfront property that showcases a gorgeous infinity pool. Inside, the home’s wow factor begins with its impressive, two-story entry foyer and continues through the large great room that features a cozy, gas-fueled stone fireplace that overlooks the pool deck. The kitchen is a dream, dressed in custom-white cabinetry, marble countertops, large center island, commercial Thermador appliances and walk-in pantry. First level, indoors and out, is laid out with a mudroom, grilling station, upscale pool bathroom, guest bedroom and full bath, game room, formal dining room and laundry. Climb the impressive circular staircase to the second floor and grand hall, which opens onto two guest bedrooms with private baths, family room, two master suites with vaulted, beamed ceilings, deep soaking tubs and stunning views of the ocean from the sunning decks. Detailed highlights throughout finish in style, such as custom wide baseboards, crown molding, wainscoting, millwork, hardwood and stone flooring, coffered ceilings, and wall-to-wall transom topped windows. Sold furnished, the home is more than complete with a two-car garage, ample front and backyards, a three-stop elevator, a private boardwalk that leads to the beach and the opportunity to become a member of the exclusive Kiawah Island Club.
370 Ralston Creek St., Charleston
This vision of coastal elegance sits on the wildly popular Daniel Island of Charleston. The seven-bedroom, nine-bath waterfront home is only footsteps away from its own private deep-water dock on Ralston Creek. Quality construction and finish details abound, such as custom built-ins, a shiplap-enclosed fireplace, reclaimed antique heart pine floors and more. The first floor open floor plan features a recently updated gourmet kitchen, spacious family room, dining areas with wet bar, guest suite with a private porch, study, and a set of lovely French doors that open onto a large, raised bluestone patio with an outdoor kitchen. Second and third floors offer sweeping space for living and entertaining with an expansive family room and office, a media/game room, master suite and marbled bath with an oversized walk-in shower and soaking tub and a railed Ipe deck that overlooks the large, gated back lawn. Under the house, the four-car garage features an elevator and plenty of storage space.
2411 Atlantic Ave., Sullivan’s Island
This majestic, oceanfront home is custom-built by the most sought-after Lowcountry builders and the landscape hand-designed by only the best in the area, so, needless to say, it’s quite the eye-catcher. All 4,400 square feet is the epitome of coastal luxury, with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors letting that in that South Carolina sunshine, European white oak floors, built-in details, shiplap accents, fireplace and well-appointed craftsmanship. An open living and dining area, which is embraced in white oak panels and boasts a fireplace and wet bar, draws you into the showstopping kitchen that features double cypress islands, classically styled fixtures, high-end appliances and brass appointments. The owner’s suite comprises the entire west wing of the first floor, complete with a spa-like bathroom and customized walk-in closets storage. Upstairs, there are four additional bedrooms and three bathrooms with all the latest features and designer finishes. A bonus space with a wet bar provides an additional space to gather. Two beautiful rooftop terraces offer a birds eye view to the beach below and a multi-level back deck built with top-quality Ipe hardwood cascades down to the elegant pool and spa. It’s all located on Sullivan’s Island, top-ranked beach town that has it all – and only a short drive to historic downtown Charleston.
2208 Palm Blvd., Isle Of Palms
This oceanfront estate, situated on 1.3 acres in the heart of Isle of Palms, is a beautiful, architectural oasis, with its breathtaking ocean views, infinity pool, curved porches and varying roof lines. Designed in classic-traditional style, the marvel features a 16-foot barrel ceiling in the great room, black walnut floors, mahogany ceilings, mahogany 8-foot-tall doors and trim, an elevator, hardiplank siding, Marvin high-impact windows, seven-car garage, and more. And there’s not a bad view in any part of the home, with panoramic views of the ocean whether you’re entertaining, cooking, or just relaxing and enjoying life. Outdoors, you can relax in the property’s gazebo and stroll on the 500-foot Ipe boardwalk that leads to the ocean.
29 Legare St., Charleston
Located just steps from Charleston’s infamous Battery, on one of the city’s grandest streets South of Broad, this estate is one-of-a-kind, with an unusually large yard in historic downtown. The Reverend Paul Trapier Gervais House, dating back to 1835, is a five-bedroom, 4-bath, 2 half-bath Charleston single that displays a beautifully timeless fusion of past and present … classical architecture with a modern twist. Enter through the privacy door onto one of two grand piazzas that overlook the exquisite garden. Once inside, take in all of the notable features, such as the ceilings that soar, museum quality wood finishes, an updated kitchen (two sinks, two dishwashers, double refrigerator/ freezer, built-in coffee maker and a double Wolf oven), a sun-drenched family room, den with brick walls and exposed beams, paneled office, velvet-walled library, elevator, a secret wine cellar and a unique mud room complete with lockers, two full size washer/dryers and a pet shower. If that’s not enough, the Gervais House also offers a detached three-car garage, guest house that can be utilized as a gym, pool house and/or mother-in-law suite, and a .68-acre park-like oasis with spectacular gardens, a pool, hot tub, and gazebo.
35 Legare St., Charleston
Another fine specimen South of Broad on Legare Street is the graceful Elizabeth Williams House that was restored to is past grandeur. The two-year project was led by renowned historic restoration expert and even won the prestigious Carolopolis Award by the Preservation Society of Charleston in 2019. This large Legare Street double plot, opposite the well-known walled gardens of the Swordgate, dates as far back as 1694, during the Grand Modell plan, and owned by French Hugenots; the home itself was constructed prior to 1790; and the restored formal garden was designed in 1961, highlighted by a salt water pool with blue marble coping, a bluestone dining patio with an Italian marble fountain and large antique pedestal urn, restored iron fencing and hand-forged custom iron gate, beautifully restored heart pine floors; and thoughtful landscape lighting. Remarkable renovations include a new slate roof, a generous, two-fireplace family room that opens out to the pool area and steps up to the kitchen, and a former stable transformed with an antique French spiral staircase that leads to the second floor. There is so much to love in this home, but a few highlighted rooms are the light, airy kitchen, with custom cabinetry, white marble countertops, a large farmer’s sink and prep sink, a standout royal blue La Cornue stove and herringbone patterned floors; the second floor library with incredible views from its large bay windows and window seat, a custom-built bookcase with filing cabinets, and original bookshelves; and sumptuous marble baths, a luxurious master suite and closet area.
2307 Atlantic Ave., Sullivan’s Island
This villa-style luxury home made its debut to the Sullivan’s Island beach front in 2016 and has gone on to wow the world, as a multi-category winner of Design In Great Spaces Award (DIGS Charleston), an architecture and design competition, and has been featured in several publications, including Coastal Living magazine. The stunning beachfront home is situated along Sullivan’s Island’s “Gold Coast,” where the beachfront is wide, beautiful and protected. The interior is a marriage of Lowcountry elegance and British Colonial tradition, with flexible, intimate, yet spacious, spaces to accommodate family time or grand entertainment. Just a few of the many embellished features include a gourmet kitchen with a wine fridge, beverage stations and butler’s pantry; a corner master bedroom with dual master baths and dressing areas; an upstairs family media and game room; a children’s wing; a home-gym; a private office pavilion with copper fittings; antique pecky cypress walls recovered from an estate in Palm Beach; a formal dining gallery framed by hand-painted Degournay wallpaper; nearly 2,000 square feet of covered porches, decks and patios, including a louvered gazebo with panoramic ocean views; indoor and outdoor fireplaces; elevator; state-of-the-art lighting and AV with surround-sound and outdoor speakers; security and intercom, high-impact windows, a hypo-allergenic HVAC system; saltwater pool and more.
607 North Shore Drive, Charleston
With amazing views of the Charleston Harbor and historic downtown Charleston, this luxury estate is an architectural gem. And it’s no wonder, as the previous owner was Charleston’s top architect, Frank Lucas, who incorporated wooden beams from a 17th century church from the city into this custom-built home. Originally, “The Oyster House” was a gun battery during the Civil War. A more recent interior/exterior remodel reveals a screened-in porch 180 degrees of water views; wide-plank French oak floors throughout; a gourmet kitchen fitted with a Sub Zero fridge, a pair of Miele dishwashers, a Sub Zero icemaker, wine cooler, warming drawers, a Wolf 6 burner cooktop, and two Wolf ovens. In addition to that, there’s a massive fitness center, sauna, movie theater, and guest house with its own private drive. Updates also include an added privacy wall from marsh to marsh and spacious living areas that overlook the property and harbor surrounded by gorgeous live oaks, azaleas, hydrangeas and other native plants.
31 East Battery St., Charleston
The address itself is worthy, directly across from the Charleston Harbor, and the rare opportunity to restore this grand home along High Battery is legendary. It’s already equipped with breathtaking views from the three-story bay windows and sea breezes from the patio and piazzas. Inside, the home’s interior wood paneling, custom Tiffany-designed features, and other historic details have withstood the test of time, from Civil War bombardment to natural disasters, and still reflect its original circa 1837 character. The combination of the home's grand interior spaces, water views, iconic setting, and convenient location allows the next owner to resuscitate this treasure to its original shine in Charleston.
Charelston, SC and the surrounding metro market is a very active luxury home market. You can also visit our recent blog post to read about the Most Expensive Homes Sold in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2020 and the most expensive homes to sell in Wilmington, NC over the last 6 months.