Historic South of Broad Waterfront Property Goes on the Market

For the first time in five generations, the 19th-century Shackleford-Williams House at 31 East Battery is for sale. William Means Real Estate, one of the oldest real estate companies in Charleston and an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, has listed the historic property for sale for $6,995,000.

The Shackleford-Williams House is an exceptionally well-preserved antebellum mansion and one of the oldest homes on East Battery. From Civil War bombardment to natural disasters, its historic details have withstood the test of time. Interior wood paneling and custom Tiffany-designed details still reflect the Charleston families who ensured its preservation for centuries.

In 1837, wharf merchant James Shackleford purchased the property and constructed the home. Just three years later, the house became the family residence for banker Daniel Ravenel.

In April 1861, the first shots of the Civil War in the Charleston Harbor were visible from the home. Throughout the war, it stood unprotected as Union troops bombarded the city for more than 500 days, destroying many homes on East Battery.

In 1903, Henry Porter Williams purchased the house from the Ravenel family. For the next two years, Williams renovated the house, mostly demolishing the outbuilding and enclosing the rear piazza. After Williams death in 1947, the house passed to his daughter Winifred Geer and her husband, whose descendants maintain ownership today.

Today, unobstructed views of the Charleston Harbor can be enjoyed from the three-story bay windows, patio and upper piazzas. The few alterations made over a century ago allowed for the inclusion of modern amenities and ample parking without jeopardizing the dwelling's historic character.

“This house is a historic gem in the heart of downtown Charleston and offers amazing views of the harbor and Fort Sumter,” said Lyles Geer, broker with William Means Real Estate. “The rare architecture and storied past make this classic Charleston home an enviable offering.”

About William Means Real Estate
Founded in 1933, William Means Real Estate is one of Charleston’s oldest real estate companies and an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Established in 1995, Christie’s International Real Estate is the world’s leading expert on high-end real estate with a network of 1,000 offices in 50 countries worldwide. Helen Lyles Geer has been president and broker-in-charge of William Means since 1999. Since then, the firm has continued to evolve with the latest innovations to remain at the forefront of the area’s real estate market. William Means Real Estate has an office on Broad Street in downtown Charleston and another in Mount Pleasant to assist clients in the East Cooper area. For more information, visit charlestonrealestate.com.