A penthouse that occupies the top two floors of an iconic downtown Charleston building has hit the market with a $14.5 million asking price.
Bonnie Geer with William Means Real Estate is representing the sellers, according to a William Means news release.
The property’s 2005 residential renovation was the vision of New York designers, Monique Gibson and Andrew O’Neal, and boasts more than 8,000 square feet of living space over two floors, the release stated. The outdoor living and entertainment space on the rooftop was designed by landscape architect, Sheila Wertimer and offers an additional 3,500 square feet with panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter.
Built circa-1911, the iconic People’s Building at 18 Broad St. is eight stories high and was considered Charleston’s first skyscraper, according to the release. The building was conceived by Mayor R. Goodwynn Rhett and at the time, its effect on the city’s original skyline was a hot-button debate, the release stated. President William Howard Taft, who viewed the city from the top of the building upon completion, said, "I don't believe that it did ruin the skyline, but if it did, the view from up here makes it worth it."
“This premier address with luxury finishes and historic details offers unparalleled views of Charleston’s Harbor and the entire historic district. The location at the corner of Broad and State Streets is unlike any other,” said Geer in the release. “It is steps away from Charleston’s world-renowned culinary scene as well as museums, art galleries and waterfront parks.”
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The penthouse was built for entertaining, the release stated. The placement of each room was intentional and preserves the building’s more than 50 arched windows in the design, allowing each room to have its own special view of the city, and features precision millwork, masonry and stonework throughout.
A 1,500-square-foot primary suite is in a separate wing on the eastern side of the penthouse, the release stated. It is complete with a spa-like marble bath with steam shower, a large dressing room and closet, study with a fireplace, wet bar and even a dog washing room. The second-floor features two additional guest suites, a full kitchen, den and a billiard room. Additional highlights include a private elevator entrance, two Sub-Zero 132 bottle wine chillers, three gated parking spaces and 24/7 surveillance.
William Means Real Estate has sold more than $110 million so far this year, according to the release. In addition to its top ranking in Mount Pleasant so far this year, the firm ranked as the No. 1 company in downtown Charleston and South of Broad during the first quarter.