45 Pendleton St. — Riverside home tucked away in Wagener Terrace aptly blends traditional, modern

"The house at 45 Pendleton St. was built in 2004-05 in a traditional design. It has two full stories and a two-car garage with finished room above."  - Leroy Burnell/Staff.

Justin Thomas jiggles with the bright artwork on the family room wall, eventually hoisting up the painting on a track to reveal a big-screen TV.

The hidden away television, while hardly a first, exemplifies an attention to design, careful planning and thoughtful touches found throughout the house at 45 Pendleton St.

Built in 2004 on the Ashley River, the traditional-style 5,000-square-foot residence combines elegant antebellum-like styling with upscale conveniences and trendy fixtures. There’s even an infinity pool.

The five bedroom, five bath property is on the market for $2.9 million.

“They (the owners) put a lot of thought into the house,” says Thomas, of Carriage Properties and co-listing agent with Jeff Popper of Carolina One Real Estate.

Thomas says the house, at the end of Pendleton Street, has attracted interest. “We’ve had a few recent showings,” the Realtor says. Most of the activity thus far has involved out-of-town prospective purchasers. “They like the view,” he says.

The two-story house, marked by a metal roof and finished room over the two-car garage, is designed for entertaining. Along with the flowing layout inside, the house sports a manicured lawn that edges the marsh. A fire pit is just below the pool. Wrap-around screened-in porches are on both floors. And the garage has two car-sized doors that open in back to allow people, say at a party, to congregate there or walk through and enjoy the river view.

The Wagener Terrace home faces the river and is perpendicular to the street. Heart pine floors are found throughout the living areas and bedrooms, while tile is in the bathrooms and broad upscale kitchen. Culinary highlights are granite countertops; stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave and a six-burner stove built into the center island. There’s also a beer cooler on a second countertop with sink that overlooks the family room.

Along with the hidden TV, the open family room includes a coffered ceiling and wood-burning fireplace. The back porch is accessible via a mahogany door.

The house showcases a first-floor corner suite with large bedroom and spacious bathroom fitted with a shower and whirlpool tub. The formal dining room stands out for its brown padded walls. Also on the first level is the formal living room and a study.

At the top of the stairs is a second level built-in bookcase. Three more ample bedrooms with bathrooms are on the upper floor.

A spotlight of the house is the master suite. Situated with three broad windows offering views of the river, the oversized bedroom with coffered ceiling showcases a fireplace and another hidden TV, this time in a wooden end table at the foot of the bed. The television rises from a moveable flap built into the table. A hall leads to an enormous walk-in closet with spinning coat rack and then onto the master bathroom complete with whirlpool tub and high-end shower.

A second set of stairs leads to the FROG, which is set up with a bed and big-screen TV and has its own bathroom, refrigerator, microwave and sink. A surround sound system pipes music throughout the house and porches.

The house doesn’t have direct access to the Ashley River, but, Thomas says, “You can put a dock to a tidal creek.” The pool is on a raised deck, with steps to the lawn and the fire pit below. The yard includes a pest control system.

Thomas says the residence is a good fit for someone who wants to live downtown but also desires plenty of surrounding space.

“It’s convenient to downtown and Hampton Park,” he says. Anyone who is looking “for an estate in the historic district, there’s not many.”

The house is toward the northern reaches of the Wagener Terrace neighborhood. Heading north, take Rutledge Avenue above the Crosstown and continue past Hampton Park. Make a left on Peach Tree Street. Follow Peach Tree for four blocks and make a right on Hester Street. Take the first left, which is Pendleton Street. The last house on the left is 45 Pendleton St.

By Jim Parker of Post and Courier


Charleston's New Hot Spots List from Garden & Gun

The newest hangouts drawing locals north of Calhoun

Brown's Court Bakery
The classics—pillowy brioche, crusty baguettes, tangy sourdough boules—are well represented. But it’s head baker David Schnell’s creations such as Sriracha croissants, benne seed hamburger buns, and porter pretzel breads that you won’t find at just any bakery. (And if you don’t get to Brown’s Court early, you may not find those croissants at all.) In the unlikely event that any offerings remain at the end of the day, Schnell sells leftovers at a discount during a nightly 5:00 to 7:00 happy hour. 

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
It’s best to pretend calories don’t count at biscuit maven Carrie Morey’s new bakeshop. At the counter-service-only space, you can choose from seven varieties of Morey’s tender and buttery biscuits—blackberry, cinnamon, country ham—or try the day’s special (think hot fried chicken–stuffed). Oh, just go on and get a sweet and a savory. On Fridays and Saturdays, Callie’s is open late—handy if you need breakfast served at 1:00 a.m. 

Chez Nous
This jewelry box of a restaurant—only five tables downstairs and nine up—builds on the success of co-owners Patrick and Fanny Panella’s much-loved just-north-of-Broad wine bar, Bin 152, with adventurous French-focused fare. The menu changes daily, and, like the space, it’s small: two appetizers, two entrées, and two desserts. Thankfully, they do pour more than two wines. 

Edmund's Oast
There are forty-one beers on tap (many of them rare), thirty canned and bottled options, rotating house-brewed labels, and even growlers. But Charleston native Andy Henderson’s menu of snacks and shared plates—from pickled local white shrimp to fresh ricotta with charred season-al vegetables—is generating as much buzz as the suds. 

American College of the Building Arts to renovate and move into Trolley Barn

"The American College of the Building Arts, with the help of the city of Charleston, has purchased the Trolley Barn on upper Meeting Street. A renovation will begin early next year, and school leaders expect to move into the space in December 2015." - WADE SPEES/STAFF

Under the land deal, which City Council approved in February, the city sold the Trolley Barn property to the college for $10. The college then sold the northern portion of the building to a developer known as Parallel Capital for $1.75 million. The deal also included Parallel obtaining the Old City Jail downtown, along with a building on St. Philip Street adjacent to the Memminger Elementary School that's currently controlled by the school district.

Jay Waddell, the college's vice president for administration, said the college will use $1.5 million of that money to renovate the school's portion of the building. School leaders also got City Council approval to use $246,000 to pay off a debt, Waddell said. The school had run into financial difficulties five or six years ago, he said, and the Internal Revenue Service had placed a lien on the school. The lien had to be cleared up before the jail property could be sold.

The school will use the remaining $4,000 for moving and other expenses. The college currently is in the process of seeking accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Waddell said. After it is accredited, students will be eligible for federal student loans. But the school now has its own loan fund for students, he said.

City Councilman James Lewis was the only council member to vote against the deal. The Trolley Barn was given to the city as part of a mitigation plan for the area where the old Cooper River bridges used to touch down, he said. Many low-income people live in the area, Lewis said, and the city should have used the Trolley Barn property for things that benefit area residents. "Instead of benefitting low-income people, it benefits the developer." Lewis also said the college has a history of poor money management, which made the arrangement even more distasteful. Parallel Capital leaders have said they envision using their portion of the Trolley Barn for offices, dormitory housing and business space.

Advocates, including Mayor Joe Riley, say the plan ensures the immediate sustainability of the college.Waddell said the college will have 39,000 square feet of space in the Trolley Barn. Now, it has only 9,000 square feet in the jail and 9,000 square feet at its James Island site. 

"We need the space," he said. "Every contractor or business person in the area says there is a need for our students."

- Diane Knich of Post and Courier