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