Check out this old house!
The Capers-Motte House at 69 Church St. in Charleston, SC — built in 1745 and listed for $9.99 million — has never been on the open market before. The pre-Revolutionary house survived the Civil War, too, making it historically and architecturally significant. It’s been only owned by just three families in the last 150 years.
“There are very few pre-Revolutionary houses in Charleston and this is one of the best,” listing agent Leslie Turner, of Maison Real Estate, told The Post. “It has survived 275 years of wars, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires from shell bombardment. Many features are priceless, not just ’luxury.’ ”
Situated on one of Charleston’s most picturesque streets, the 8,500-square-foot Georgian double house is a beauty inside and out. The layout of the main house is traditional, with four principal rooms on each of four floors and a centrally located stairwell connecting them. There’s also a stunning ballroom, a drawing room, a cypress-paneled library. Notable details include 15 fireplaces, delft tiles from the Netherlands, bespoke woodwork and moldings.
Even the kitchen is a period piece. It’s connected to the main house via a corridor and butler’s pantry that overlook the exquisitely landscaped gardens. The kitchen house also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms for live-in staff or guests.
“It’s a really magical place. You walk in the house and you feel transported back in time — in a good way — because of the scale, the original materials and the patina of the house,” adds listing agent Mary Lou Wertz. “The garden is very special as it’s unusually large for downtown, and truly an oasis in the city.”
An unusual feature is that the height of the third-floor ceilings and windows are the same as those on the first and second, rather than lower. Plus, all seven bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, another rarity in a historic home. And the 0.29-acre property is home to one of the first pools in downtown Charleston.
The house, with a stucco facade over a brick exterior, was also the site of several historical encounters. Meetings of South Carolina’s colonial legislature — the Commons House of Assembly — were held there. And Colonel James Parsons, who lived in the house, was offered the vice presidency of South Carolina before the United States was formed.
Renowned painter Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, the granddaughter of Declaration of Independence signatory Arthur Middleton, also resided her. She used the home as inspiration for many of her famous watercolors and sketches. She even published a book in 1917 called “The Dwelling Houses of Charleston.”