The Oldest Home In Charleston Is For Sale

By December 14, 2015 September 29th, 2016 Around Charleston

The oldest home in Charleston is the William Rhett House at 54 Hassel Street in downtown Charleston.

Distinguishing Characteristics: 1) National Register – National Register of Historic Places – Considered one of the “Charleston Seven”. 2) Built c 1712 – Considered the oldest dwelling in Charleston. Significant for having experienced the city’s entire history. 3) Architecture – Georgian/Rococo plasterwork dates c.1750, the earliest period of stucco decoration in America. 4) Garden – Umberto Innocenti – Historic Landscaper Designer – One of the largest private gardens in the city. 5) Property – Sale includes lots 54 & 56 & 58 Hasell St. Separate income producing rental houses. 6) Easement – Property is not encumbered by a conservation easement. Ingress/egress easement available to the property via the driveway west of 58 Hasell St.

The historical plaque in front of the house reads: “This house, built ca. 1712, is believed to be one of the oldest houses in Charleston. It was built for William Rhett (1666 – 1723), a merchant, sea captain, militia officer and Speaker of the Commons House of Assembly famous for capturing the pirate Steed Bonnet. In 1807 Christopher Fitzsimons (d. 1825) a merchant and planter, bought the house renovating and enlarging it and adding its piazzas.”

Price: $6,400,000
Beds: 6 Baths: 5 full, 1 half
Home size: 8,705 sq ft
Lot Size: 20,037 sqft

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