Despite its location just across the harbor from historic Downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant has few historic homes for sale at any given time. Some buyers assume that the suburb’s close proximity to one of the South’s most historic port cities means that Mt. Pleasant must have a large historic district. Although the number of historic home listings is small, they leave a big impression on buyers with their gracious porches, expansive water views, Charleston charm, and rich history.
Almost all of the historic homes are located in the Old Village community which was founded in 1680. A 67 acre plantation named Mount Pleasant originated the town’s name. The plantation’s original house still stands, and this circa 1755 Hibben House is on the National Register of Historic Places. The same year that this home was built, the owner James Hibben subdivided Mount Pleasant Plantation into 35 lots. His children received 10 of these lots. Only 5 streets made up the community: Venning, Bennett, Whilden, Boundary, and Beach. Today, these are some of the most coveted addresses in Old Village because they are the oldest.
Two and a half centuries later, homes are still gradually being built. No cost has been spared on these custom homes which have gorgeous architectural details, heavy mouldings, metal roofs, and other accents to help them blend in tastefully with the neighborhood. Because Old Village has been developed over such a long period of time, you’ll find a huge range of exteriors and styles: authentic plantation style homes with double wrap around porches (designed to take advantage of the constant harbor breezes), circa 1800 Victorians, classic Charleston singles (also called shotgun), small cottages, craftsman designs, 1950s and ‘60s brick ranches, newer farmhouse styles with reclaimed wood and other materials, and even an Eastlake architectural style church on Hibben Street that has been renovated into a residential home.
Charleston home buyers looking to purchase historic real estate often start their search on the Peninsula but opt for Mount Pleasant instead where they can find better parking (for themselves and guests), larger lots, less congestion, and better public schools. The suburban lifestyle that Mt. Pleasant offers is hard to beat because there are so many upscale shopping and grocery options within a few minutes drive. Plus, the beaches are only a 5 to 10 minute drive.
If you're looking to purchase a historic home in Charleston or Mount Pleasant, contact The Keadle Group to schedule a showing appointment!