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Sale of 1 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina

Debbie Fisher, of Handsome Properties, recently reported the sale of 1 Meeting Street, listed at $5.495 million. The George Robertson House, built circa 1846, is a regal Empire-period, masonry, single house located on the iconic corner of Meeting Street and South Battery, in the heart of the desirable “South of Broad” neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. With commanding views of White Point Garden and the Charleston Harbor, this home is an anchor of the South of Broad fabric. Architecturally and historically notable, Robertson’s side-hall house, among the largest in Charleston, included the most recent innovations as of the mid-1800s. The primary entrance from Meeting Street boasts splendid double doors with glazed panels and flanking cast-iron lanterns. This historic treasure is in good original condition and features exquisite architectural details, such as brownstone entry stairs, towering ceilings with original moldings, period floors, fireplaces with over-mantel mirrors, doorways, and magnificent piazzas. The main house also has an elevator that was installed in the early twentieth century and is still functioning. There are five floors in total, including a one bedroom, 985 square foot ground floor apartment and a spacious attic. A charming carriage house completes the estate with 999 square feet, 1 bedroom and 1 ½ baths. Total square footage of the entire property (excluding the attic) is 11,820 ft2.

It was important to Debbie and Handsome Properties to find a buyer that would restore this landmark property to fit our 21st century lifestyle, while maintaining the integrity of this Category 1 home. In historic preservation, a Category 1 property can be defined as an “exceptional building” of national or state importance. These properties are meritorious works of the best architects, outstanding examples of a specific architectural style, or illustrate stylistic development of architecture. These buildings have had either no exterior modifications or such minor ones that the overall appearance of the building is in its original character. While no exterior modifications can be made (except for proper restoration, as monitored by the Preservation Society and the BAR), the interior of this home will receive a complete renovation. After much debate between Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review and the neighborhood association, the board has allowed the property to be divided horizontally into three luxury condos. This solution will allow the exterior of the property to remain unchanged, while applying the highest and best use for the home in our modern society. After a couple of years of the market, and a lot of interest during that time period, Debbie was able to source a buyer with the appropriate vision for this wonderful property with much history and significance. This dwelling defines Charleston history and its era of wealth and prosperity – Handsome Properties is proud that this property’s significance will live on in perpetuity.

The South of Broad neighborhood is one of the oldest in Charleston, dating back to the 1700s when the main east-west thoroughfare in Charleston was Broad Way. This neighborhood also includes part of the Old Walled City of Charleston. Prominent citizens built spectacular mansions with meticulously landscaped gardens, intricate iron gates, and spectacular views of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.

Today, South of Broad contains some of the most sought-after luxury real estate in the Lowcountry. These timeless, historic Charleston homes are nestled in a quiet neighborhood and reflect Charleston’s history as the South’s wealthiest port of the 1800s. Fine dining on East Bay and shopping on King Street are a short stroll or cycle away.