Handsome Properties Sells The Governors House In Downtown Charleston

The Governor's House at 117 Broad Street

CHARLESTON, S.C.  - Handsome Properties, Charleston’s premier luxury real estate firm, represented the buyer and seller in the sale of The Governor's House at 117 Broad Street listed for $7,495,000 in Downtown Charleston. Deborah C. Fisher, Handsome Properties Broker-In-Charge exclusively held the listing while Handsome Properties agent, John Payne represented the buyer.

There are very few places in the United States where someone can lay claim to living in the home of a ‘’Founding Father.’’ Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived in this magnificent Georgian-style mansion from 1763 until his death in 1800. Rutledge also served as South Carolina’s 10th Governor. Known as The Governor’s House, 117 Broad Street was first built in 1760 by James Laurens, brother to the President of the Second Continental Congress, Henry Laurens. His son John Laurens served as aide-de-camp to President George Washington and was a close friend to Alexander Hamilton. Sitting on nearly 1/2 acre just outside the original walled city, on the site of the former Charleston Orange Garden, the house has been altered and added onto since construction.

The grand double house boasts Greek Revival wrap around piazzas as a Category 3 House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1972 the home was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Original details are found throughout, including heart of pine floors, detailed moldings, 6 wood burning fireplaces and a gas log fireplace in the piano room, triple hung 9-foot windows, and 12-foot ceilings. The mansion and kitchen house currently serve as an 11-room historic Inn with an Innkeepers studio.

“This grand estate is one-of-a-kind and showcases the beautiful preservation of our historic city”, Deborah C. Fisher, Handsome Properties Broker In Charge. “It was a pleasure to work with John on the sale of The Governor's House, he did a great job representing his client for a seamless transaction.”

Handsome Properties offers many of the exclusive historic properties on the peninsula and its surrounding areas for sale. Our agents are connoisseurs of lifestyle, understand the nuances of the marketplace, know the hidden gems in town, and work diligently to ensure a successful transaction. For more information about Handsome Properties and our services contact: Deborah C. Fisher (debbie@handsomeproperties, 843-810-4110).

Handsome Properties is a boutique real estate firm located in downtown Charleston. Built on a foundation of knowledge, ethics, and teamwork, Handsome Properties provides clients with expert knowledge of the Charleston community and its history, architecture, and culture. The firm represents legacy properties, including the famed Sword Gate House and iconic Fenwick Hall Plantation, as well as urban lofts, new construction, and historic homes.

For more information, please visit www.HandsomeProperties.com or call 843.727.6460.


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