Beautiful Home Exteriors: Charleston, SC

We just returned from a week in Charleston, South Carolina. I'm officially a fan of that wonderful city! There is so much to do and so much to see. If you're an active vacationer who likes to do a lot of sightseeing and different activities, Charleston is a great option. We enjoyed Folly Beach, toured Fort Sumter, took a horse-drawn carriage tour through downtown, went shopping, toured a plantation, did a kayaking environmental tour and ate tons of delicious food. What more could you ask for?

I forgot my good camera, but I was saved by the surprisingly impressive camera on my iPhone 4s. I was snapping away on the tour of downtown Charleston, where I took picture after picture of the historical homes that just oozed Southern charm.

You'll have to forgive my photography, as I was in a moving carriage while I was taking these shots!

Let's start with Rainbow Row. I am quoting this from a plaque on the street:

Rainbow Row represents the longest cluster on intact Georgian row houses in the United States [built by 1680]... Over the years, the buildings served as shops and residences of notable merchants and planters, and fronted a cluster of wharves on the Cooper River waterfront... Some of the houses were destroyed or damaged by fire, and the present structures date from circa 1720 to 1790. The homes suffered slight damage by Union artillery bombardment during the War between the States. 

After the war and decades of neglect, the buildings deteriorated into slums. Susan Pringle Frost, founder of the Society for Preservation of Old Dwellings, now the Preservation Society of Charleston, began her important preservation and rehabilitation efforts by purchasing some of these properties in the 1920s to prevent their demolition. The name Rainbow Row was coined after the pastel colors they were painted as they were restored in the 1930s and 1940s.

 Rainbow Row wasn't the only street with color...

Most of these homes are south of Broad St., and the tour guide told us the people who live in that area are fondly referred to as SOBs. I enjoyed that little tidbit. I also enjoyed drooling over one of the biggest homes in the area, which happens to be on the market for a cool $23 million.

This next one might be my favorite. I love the varying shades of grey and the black shutters, along with the architectural details and perfectly manicured garden.

Well, that may be the most photos I have ever included in a post! 

I feel a strong need to morph into a Southern Belle right about now. I also feel a strong need to cover my garage in vines. I mean, how awesome is this garage?

* Charmed by Charleston *

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