Inside Charleston’s 18th Century Col. John Ashe House (PHOTOS)

Inside Charleston’s 18th Century Col. John Ashe House

SOLD | Built c.1782 | 10,756 Sq. Ft. | 6 Beds | 8 Baths | 0.31 Acres
32 South Battery, Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29401

The Col. John Ashe House dominates the row of mansions known simply as The Battery. Built c.1782, this 10,756 square foot residence has been meticulously restored in every detail from the brick flooring in the basement to the gold sphere on top of the cupola. The Col. John Ashe House has been the most expensive house to sell in Charleston at two different times. The house held the record for the highest price for a Charleston house when it sold for $5.1 million in September 2003. The previous record was for the sale of 7 Orange Street in 2001 for $4.1 million. The house retained that title until the sale of the William Gibbes House at 64 South Battery for $6.1 million in January 2006. The house later regained the title in August 2015 when it sold for about $7.72 million. The house held that title (for a second time) until either March 2020, when just the penthouse of the People’s Office Building sold for $12 million setting the high water mark among all residential sales, or June 2020, when the Sword Gate House sold for $10 million setting the high water mark among the sales of houses.


  Listed in Category 1 – Exceptional – of the Historic Architecture Survey of 1972-73, which means that it is a building of the highest architectural design quality. This beautiful four storey Charleston double house is located across from White Point Gardens with exceptional 360 degree views over rooftops, to Charleston Harbor, the Sullivans Island Lighthouse and Ft. Sumter from three piazzas and the cupola. The formal dining room illuminated by a series of wall sconces and Waterford crystal chandeliers can comfortably accommodate twenty four for sit down dinners. The home’s graceful staircase ascends three floors allowing access to the spacious, luxurious master suite with two baths, large sitting room and walk-in closet, a library/den with custom cabinetry for books and collectables and guest wings and nursery wing complete with back stairs down to kitchen.

Other features include original heart pine flooring, exceptional woodwork, ornate dentil ceiling cornice, decorative mantles & wainscoting, six working fireplaces and gourmet kitchen with heart pine cabinetry, center island/breakfast bar & imported tiles. Of significant mention are the rare overmantel paintings, one an 18th century Italian landscape believed to be attributed to Giovanni Panini (1691-1765). The carriage house is a separate two storey, two bedroom, two bathroom 2,092 square foot brick house which has been fully restored. An electronic side gate provides added security. Enormous, beautifully landscaped private backyard with bricked courtyard provides the perfect outdoor entertaining and play area. The cupola is said to have served as an early lighthouse for Col. Ashe’s ship captains bringing goods into the thriving colonial port of Charleston. With its wooden pegs in the original framing, Black Cypress exterior and rope-like detail in the paneling, the home is a tribute to the shipping industry. Cover photo by mnswick on Instagram.

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