One of the oldest houses on East Battery in Charleston is for sale.
This stunning antebellum mansion hasn’t been on the market in five generations. Now, the 7,500-square-foot, six-bedroom home is currently listed by William Means Real Estate for $6.95 million, and we can all get a peek inside.
The Shackleford-Williams “wooden dwelling house with two outbuildings” was built in 1837, likely by wharf merchant James Shackleford. Since then it has survived the Civil War and multiple natural disasters.
In fact, it had a front row seat to the very first shots fired in the Civil War in 1861.
Thankfully it emerged unscathed. As a result, its historical details are well preserved, and previous owners have lovingly maintained and updated the home over the years.
One of many highlights is a stunning three-story bay window extending from the ground to the roof. The rest of the home features ample windows to let in the natural light and allow residents sweeping views of Charleston Bay.
The exterior also features a parapet at the roofline and piazzas on the second and third stories.
Located on a prime corner lot, the gorgeous property boasts a spacious yard with a garden and patio.
Additionally, there’s a playhouse behind the property that a previous owner built for his daughters in 1906.
Inside, the house only gets more impressive. The home has original cypress paneling and gorgeous wood details throughout, including hardwood floors and a wooden banister for the stairs. There are historic medallions to top off high ceilings.
Finally, Louis Comfort Tiffany himself designed the intricate mantelpieces during renovations commissioned by the owners in the early 1900s.
On the first floor, there’s a dining room, formal living room, family room, kitchen and master bedroom. Previous owners enclosed the first-floor piazza. As a result, the solarium is a perfect spot for sipping sweet tea.
The rest of the generously sized bedrooms are upstairs on the second and third floors. That’s not all — there are additional living areas and two full kitchens as well.
Full of history and charm, this Southern belle won’t last long, and it may be another century or more before it turns up again.