Legare Street's oldest residence, known locally as ''The Sword Gate, '' was built circa 1790-1803 and is located on high ground in a high AE flood zone. This Federal-style residence is privately nestled behind its famous front gates which were originally commissioned for the City's Guard House but rejected because the proposed price was too steep. Sword Gate was originally constructed by the great-granddaughter of Solomon Legare, the man for whom Legare Street is named. This elegant estate of over 17, 000 square feet includes 9 bedrooms, 13 full and 3 half baths and is one of the most impressive and historically significant homes on Peninsular Charleston. Adamesque woodwork, plasterwork and composition work enhance many of the most formal spaces including the grand ballroom and dining room.
The property is entirely secured by stately old brick walls and commanding gates of iron. The estate of approximately 0.87 acres also includes a lovely carriage house, a separate staff wing which includes maids and butlers quarters, a conservatory, and a large garage. The gardens are positioned surrounding the home providing a peaceful escape yet still protecting the privacy of the residents. Enjoy the croquet lawn and a calming reflecting pool leading to the conservatory. Private outdoor dining and seating vignettes under grand old trees provide refuge from the world outside and the Carolina sun. The provenance of one of Charleston's most coveted residences includes a tannery, an elite private girls school, a museum, and an Inn. The estate also boasts a famous owner, Abraham Lincoln's granddaughter. The finest team of craftsmen, contractors, landscape architects, and an internationally known designer brought this fine residence back to its original grandeur over a span of several years, blending the best of old historic architecture and state of the art technology.
A Chilled Water HVAC System heats and cools the residence.
Property Type: Single Family Home
Sub Type: Single Family Detached
Listing Status: Active
County/Area: Charleston County
Zip Code: 29401
Year Built: 1803
Subdivision/Neighborhood: South Of Broad
Elementary School: Memminger
Middle School: Courtenay
High School: Burke
Sq.Ft.: 17,142 sq ft
Style: Charleston Single
Full Baths: 13
Half Baths: 3
Basement: Yes, See Foundation
Garage: 2 Car Garage
Fireplace: See Fireplace Features
Lot Size: .87
Area: 51 - Peninsula Charleston Inside of Crosstown
Amenities: Cable TV Available
Fireplace Features: Bathroom, Bedroom, Den, Dining Room, Family Room, Gas Connection, Great Room, Kitchen, Living Room, Three +, Wood Burning
Renee How can I thank you enough for the wonderful job you did for me in selling my home. You were highly recommended to me by a mutual professional acquaintance in Charleston. The job you did for me exceeded all my expectations. Your professional expertise was obvious every step of the way. Your knowledge of the Charleston real estate quickly earned my full confidence and respect and my faith in your never waivered throughout the entire process. “Poole” William A. Davis DMD
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