South of Broad in downtown Charleston SC
Life South of Broad
Famous for its stunning architectural details, many South of Broad homes date back to the
1700’s. Featured annually in the Historic Charleston Foundation’s “Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens” homes in this area attract a nationwide audience. It is often eluded that South of Broad contains some the most desirable addresses in all of Charleston. Its magnificent homes certainly attest to this notion.
With residences dating back to 1721, such as the Col. Robert Brewton House at 71 Church Street, a walk around South of Broad is truly a walk through the pages of a history book. Many homes in this area were built by wealthy plantation owners and merchants, constructed in grand style and often featuring details from the Georgian-Palladian architectural era. Famous for lush gardens and detailed Iron gate-work, South of Broad homes are historically and aesthetically some of the finest homes in Charleston.
As the name denotes, this historically rich area is located south of Broad Street, on the tip of the Charleston Peninsula. Bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, one can see where the two rivers meet before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Many homes South of Broad offer spectacular water views, while the entire neighborhood utilizes the coastal breezes coming off the water.
This neighborhood is zoned for Charleston’s metro public school system, and within just a few miles there are a number of independent elementary, middle, and high schools. Notables include Ashley Hall, a K-12 college preparatory school for girls, and Porter Gaud, a K-12 college preparatory school for both girls and boys.
Because South of Broad is a public area of downtown Charleston, there is no HOA fee. Public amenities include the renowned White Point Gardens in Battery Park, a public garden since 1837. Here, one can view historic mortars and cannons from the Civil War, as well as a spectacular vista over the water, with views of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. Also in this area is East Bay Playground, offering playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and playing fields accessible to the public.
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