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Found on Trulia: A Historic Charleston Single House

This expertly restored 1812 home is perfect for entertaining, Southern style.

History lovers and tourists adore Charleston, SC, for its charming cobblestone streets, sense of tradition, and multitude of buildings that predate even the Founding Fathers. But beneath the surface, there’s a modern vibe to this filled-with-tradition town, and this week, Trulia explores one perfect example — a restored Charleston Single House that’s “genteel” in local terms and drop-dead gorgeous by any standards.

With three and a half stories, a pigeonnier-turned-pool-house, a garden gate forged by master blacksmith Philip Simmons, and a quarter-acre lot in the heart of one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., the Dr. Vincent Le Seigneur House is a historic property listed at $7.5 million (update: just sold!). Built in 1812 and named for its most prominent resident, the house offers top-floor views of the Charleston skyline and Fort Sumter.


An indigo-bottomed pool and tropical landscaping (including squat palm trees and a rose-and-jasmine pergola) only add to the hidden-in-the-city vibe. Meanwhile, an automated pool cleaner and childproof gates shift the focus from upkeep to pure, unstinting fun.


A relaxed front dining room is ideal for welcoming guests for everything from self-service cocktail setups to sit-down brunches and formal dinners. Bonus: It’s just a few steps from one of the house’s four porches (where the party could keep going into the wee hours).


Authentic 1820s touches aside, the kitchen — and everything within — is thoroughly modern. An elongated center island (crafted from scratch- and stain-resistant Silestone quartz) is ideal for prepping big meals and presenting appetizers and desserts while you work from state-of-the-art Wolf, Miele, and Thermador appliances. A private garden entrance is just one more reason to linger or let the outdoors in.


Original neoclassical details take on a fresh new life in this open-plan living room, where the tawny hardwood floors play against the ornate fireplace.


Just off the kitchen and garden, a downstairs family den was designed for ease of play, movie watching, or hunkering down with a good read … or pillow. Hardwood and hearthstones make it feel like home from the first step.


A below-kitchen water cistern was converted into a wine cellar and now houses up to 510 bottles — and plenty of room for impromptu tastings.


Transom windows let in the light, harbor breezes, and the scent of blooming jasmine and wisteria. A private elevator gives you the right to sneak off to bed whenever you please.


His-and-hers sinks, a recessed Jacuzzi-style tub, and two private dressing areas make the master bath feel more like a spa than one of the home’s 3.5 washrooms.


Lush, creeping vines provide shade (and a leafy view) to the garden-level terrace, accessible from multiple rooms and the kitchen. Black-and-white tiles set an elegant (and effortless) stage for game nights, and string lights lend a soft glow for more formal party plans or romantic alfresco dining.