The SpaceThis 1960 home typical of homes built for shipyard and naval base workers retains its original kitchen and some furnishing and has been meticulously upgraded for luxurious, languid stays. The queen bedroom has a leather button-tufted headboard; the full bedroom suite and dining room suite were original to the home. Colorful, comfortable Paulin "Slice" Chairs and club chairs, a library/office with drafting table desk and great views of the marsh from all sides and a dining room with suite original to house. The kitchen is complete with a microwave, Italian espresso machine, toaster oven, basic cookware, picnic ware. Old-fashioned webbed beach chairs hair dryer, heating pad, first aid kit, organic toiletries and made in USA bathrobes make your packing easier. High speed wireless internet and Netflix are provided. A full laundry with wooden ironing board and iron are here for your use. There is a monitored alarm system, and modern central heat and air conditioning. Outside there is a 10-seat picnic table and old fashioned oak swing, both overlooking the creek and small island. (The island is thought to be part of an ancient rice dyke). I love to hear the occasional, distant railroad whistle. The house is very quiet with little to no traffic. All furnishings are custom and unique, and many breakable so this is not a suitable house for young children and I appreciate guests who appreciate and will help care for this special 60-year old treasure. There is ample off-street parking and a covered carport. When entering with alarm on, please use the front door for ample time to enter and disarm. Guest AccessGuests rent the entire house with a maximum of four guests. Pricing is based on use of one BR with a maid service charge for the second bedroom. Little green lizards that sometimes inexplicably enter inside the glass kitchen door may visit you. Human neighbors are quiet with houses a small distance away so you can feel in a world apart. You will see fiddler crabs, snowy egrets, herons, an alligator (usually a block down at fishing pier, but sometimes comes to visit the creek out back), maybe pair of red-shouldered hawks, mallard duck and a great blue heron. The house library has local nature guides, as well as period literature and games. Interaction with GuestsAs there is no key to exchange late arrivals are fine, but if you arrive before 8 pm, we would like to greet you to show you the alarm, expresso machine, etc. and just say, "hi!". We are available by phone throughout your stay for any reason. A house guide is provided on site with instructions on appliances and WIFI, plus some interesting places nearby to visit. The neighborhood is quiet and no one has ever tried to break in since I have had the house and the locally-monitored alarm will get police or fire fighters there in about 5 minutes, if there is a problem. The NeighborhoodIn 2015 MatadorNetwork called North Charleston's Park Circle the "4th Coolest Town" in the US. This Old House magazine calls this neighborhood a "Best Old House Neighborhood" for its tree-lined streets and charming one-and two story bungalows and commercial downtown built from (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). In 1912 the North Charleston Corporation formed to develop 5,000 acres between Filbin and Noisette creeks and the Cooper River into an "urban environment that will draw together both agricultural and urban industrial activities". The Old Navy Yard National Register Historic District is a few blocks away and now features an eclectic mix of non-profits, startups, shops, specialty manufacturers and you-never-now-what-else. You can also just lull away stress by staying at home and listening to the distant train whistle, the wind in the trees, big bird, little bird or your quietude as you rock in the swing with a good book or magazine surveying the marsh. A short, pleasant 3-4 block walk takes you to artisanal bakery and pizzeria, two gastro pubs, a classic original "meant and three", a fine Italian trattoria, Thai, BBQ, and coffee shops, a friendly Irish pub, a wine bar, a beloved yoga studio, gift shop, a 24-hour gym and a skilled hair salon. A little further walk takes you to the Tuesday Farmer's Market and bi-monthly Friday live Irish music folk dance, the Hunley Submarine Museum, the Old Navy Yard, and the Danny Jones Swim Center in Park Circle. The North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Coliseum, Tanger Outlets and Charleston International Airport are 10 minutes' drive away. Mt Pleasant, Sullivans Island, and IOP beaches are 14-25 minutes drive away. The Charleston Peninsula is as close as 10 minutes away.
Your stay helps preserve this coastal wildlife habitat and the memory of a simpler time. Getting AroundYou will need a car to see the larger area and beach or golf, though we can recommend a good, professional taxi. The house is directly off I-526 and the Virginia Avenue exit. This exit comes up quickly, so keep eyes peeled or you will be on the bridge headed into Old Mount Pleasant, a good place to shop as Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Harris Teeter are all right at the base of the Bridge, with the Old Village, and Sullivans's Island farther down - all worth visiting in their own right. You may also drive straight downtown to Charleston via Meeting Street which turns into Spruill Avenue (where The Junction cafe with limited local staples such as eggs and seasonal veggies, and Sesame Grill, one of Park Circle's first "new wave" eateries to open are located.) Don't forget the duck pond, accessed by walking down Buist Avenue, under the railroad bridge.
I've worked out a deal with Bs Bikes to deliver cruisers to the house at just $50 per bike, for up to 6 days use, which is the best way to explore the vast Nay Yard waterfront and more. Public transit is sadly, poor in Charleston, (though we keep rallying for better.) Other Things to NoteThe whole house is yours alone. If you need the second BR there is a fee to cover additional laundering and linen replacement costs. So, two people in one bed are the listed price. Two people in two beds pay the same as four people in two beds.