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143 East Bay Street: Historic Building in the French Quarter

143 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401If you’re searching for a live/work space in the heart of downtown Charleston, take a look at Anna Gruenloh’s listing at 143 East Bay Street.  Located on the corner of East Bay Street and Unity Alley, this historic three story home and loft space has a prime location in the center of one of downtown’s most bustling streets in the French Quarter.  Renowned restaurants such as McCrady’s and Cypress are right around the corner along with popular art galleries and boutiques so there is already strong foot traffic built-in which is ideal for a business.

The home was built in the 1780’s and has been used as both a residential and commercial space in its 300+ year history.  The first floor is the commercial part of the building with oversized floor to ceiling windows looking out over East Bay Street.  Tall, two-story ceilings make the space seem light and airy and a wrought-iron spiral staircase leads up a loft area overlooking the floor.

The residential section of the building is housed on the second and third floors.  Large windows look out over East Bay Street but are much more private since they are located well above the prying eye of those walking along the street.  Exposed brick, wide plank hardwood floors and wood-burning fireplaces harken back to the home’s past and add a sense of historical elegance to the space.  Rooms include a high-end commercial-grade kitchen, formal dining room, media room and guest suite.  Just outside of your front door, you can enjoy some of the best restaurants and galleries in the city as well as nearby community parks.

This space at 143 East Bay Street has limitless potential for someone looking for a residential or commercial space.  The first floor could be converted into residential space to create a larger home or rented out for additional income.  Be sure to contact listing agent Anna Gruenloh for ideas as properties like this rarely come on the Charleston market!