About Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is rated the most popular vacation destination in the United States, and it surely must rank among the top places to spend the rest of your life. If it doesn’t yet, it eventually will.
Visit the city once and you’ll discover that it pulls at your heartstrings like no other place in the country.
Is it the delightful year-round climate? The almost-European feel of its downtown city streets? The overwhelming amount of history lurking behind every corner and down every alley? Charleston is truly one of the most cosmopolitan places around, offering sophisticated dining rivaling that of much larger cities and shopping experiences for even the most jaded consumers.
To say that Charleston is steeped in history is much like saying the sun is yellow. Other places have long histories as well, but none is a living museum that grows and changes with the times. Suffice it to say, if you’re a history buff, you will never grow tired of Charleston and the surrounding countryside.
While the city itself has no beaches, it is surrounded by water on three sides–if you’re lost, just continue on and you’ll surely run into a familiar river and get your bearings. The most picturesque spot in Charleston might be The Battery, with its panoramic views of the Ashley and the Cooper, the two rivers that form the peninsula, and the Atlantic Ocean. If you love the sights and sounds of gentle waves lapping against the shore, you can reach some of the best beaches along the Atlantic coast in a matter of minutes. If you revere golf, there is no shortage of challenging courses to conquer. If you enjoy walking, Charleston is full of interesting little parks and side streets filled with art galleries and boutiques.
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Metro Style in Charlestons SC Lofts
Charleston has a wonderful reputation for safeguarding its treasured historic buildings. While in many cases these structures are still being used as originally intended, others have been creatively remodeled and now serve an entirely different purpose.
Such is the case with the circa 1947 Edwards Department Store building located on Upper King Street. Now being marketed as the King Street Lofts, this post World War II building offers discriminating residents an uptown, big city experience. Conveniently located within walking distance of up-and-coming restaurants, pubs, and shops, King Street Lofts has allowed their owners the opportunity to customize each unit to their individual tastes.
In the case of owner Lee Richardson, this has translated into a very clean, contemporary and minimalistic three-level residence complete with a one-of-a-kind rooftop garden and pool area. We were going for a very Manhattan look, says nterior designer Sissy Bradham, owner of Bradham Interiors. What Lee has is absolutely fabulous and something not seen in Charleston.
One of 14 units, contemporary lofts in downtown Charleston are the exception rather than the rule for Lowcountry architectural style. Lee knew the spaces and the look he wanted when we began the project.
The gourmet kitchen is raised, making it the focal point for the entire level. Tajah Malabar tile surrounds steamed European beech cabinetry, Cambrian Black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. John Cook, owner of The Mill, the company responsible for all cabinetry and millwork says, Use of the black accents really helps to set off the clean lines.
Flanking one end of this level are twin guest bedroom suites. Creative use of all space is showcased underneath the freeflowing cantilevered staircase. This is the place Coco and Smokey, Richardsons two British shorthair/Abyssinian mix cats call home when not checking out the rest of the lofts 5,300 square feet.
Creating multi-level spaces instead of a traditional upstairs/downstairs floor plan, the next level includes Richardsons home office, media room and climate control wine room. General contractor David Crawford, owner of Seaside Construction says, This was a very challenging and complex project.
In spite of all that Charleston offers, it maintains a small-town charm you’ll cherish for years to come. You’ll love morning strolls around Colonial Lake and sunset cocktails at restaurants overlooking the water. You’ll come to appreciate the intricate artwork in the wrought-iron gates and the lovely Charleston single style of architecture, designed to catch the breeze on sultry afternoons.