Our first stop is this gorgeous Mediterranean Style house. As always, if you want a closer look, just click on the picture!
This is a style that is not seen very often in the Lowcountry but there just happens to be several in this neighborhood. I love the sundeck in the upper right corner.
This next house is also a Mediterranean style house.
Check out this entrance! That water feature and door are amazing!
If I could criticize anything, it would be that little cherub statue sitting at the top of the waterfall, the scale is all wrong and it detracts from the door. JMHO, but I would move it down to the next level.
Now for a little history lesson. When the City of Charleston was first established, it was still under English rule. The taxes the citizens of Charleston paid to England for their homes were based on the amount of square footage that faced the street. The ever rebellious and crafty Charlestonians came up with the perfect solution. They turned their houses sideways so the narrow side of the house faced the street and the widest part extended deep into the lot away from the street and the "Charleston Single House" was born! The "Charleston Single House" was also influenced by West Indies traders who added wide verandas on both floors to catch the breezes coming off the ocean.
Paying taxes to the king is no longer an issue so over the years the "Charleston Single House" has been revised and extended out on the sides but it still remains one of the most popular styles in the Lowcountry. The house pictured above is actually an example of a new Charleston Single and actually looks like this:
You will notice this house has been pushed out on both sides and unlike old Charleston Singles, has been elevated to accommodate the parking of cars under the house. This concludes our home tour for today. I hope you enjoyed it and will come back next week for a peek at more amazing houses.