15 Francis Street: Renovated Victorian in Downtown Charleston
Located in downtown Charleston, this renovated 1895 Victorian home at 15 Francis Street is filled with historical charm yet it has been subtly updated for today’s buyer. The home is located in the North Central area of the downtown peninsula and has an appealing location. Less than one block away is Hampton Park—a 60 acre community park which is a popular destination for locals and known for its manicured grounds, walking paths, sports fields, playgrounds and gardens. 15 Francis Street is also just a block over from King Street. Within walking distance are many popular restaurants along Upper King Street such as The Ordinary, The Grocery and Indaco and other shops, restaurants, bars, parks and historic sites on the peninsula are well within biking distance.
The home exudes curb appeal and sits of a rare double lot so you have a lot of outdoor living spaces which is not common in other downtown Charleston homes. The yard has been professionally landscaped and there is a full front porch (and small second story piazza) which provide great spots to enjoy the temperate Charleston weather. The backyard, though, is the true highlight. Completely fenced in and landscaped with lush vegetation, it is a private retreat and a perfect place to host a spring or summer gathering. A back deck extends from the kitchen and there is a stone patio which extends the living space into the yard. An original wrought-iron fence and gate also hint at the property’s history. It is a must-see!
The interior of the home is brimming with historical features which add depth and character to the property. Wide plank heart of pine floors run throughout the entire home as do original pictures windows. When the home was built, fireplaces were a common way to heat the home and they still remain in the living room, dining room, upstairs seating area and master bedroom. There is even a period claw foot tub in one of the baths! These beautifully preserved features add charm to the home but it has been subtly renovated to make it appealing for today’s buyer.
The inviting floor plan boasts a formal living room and formal dining room on the first floor as well as a large sitting area housed in the landing on the second floor. The spacious kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances, elegant cabinetry and a casual dining area. A set of French doors open to the back deck and step down patio. The home has two guest bedrooms on the second floor as well as the master bedroom. In addition to a fireplace, the master bedroom also has double closets and a private piazza.