If your list of prospective homes includes an antebellum mansion in Beaufort, South Carolina, this stunner is ideal for you. Come make this your home with all of its elegantly appointed Civil War era flourishes, right along with its 21st century .touches.
Are you totally undecided about what to do with all those corsets and hoop skirts you’ve been wearing all these years? Does everyone ask you if your husband’s name is Rhett? Don’t worry your pretty little head.
Instead, why not buy a home that more closely resembles your style? If you’re agreeable–or just can’t imagine parting with your Civil War-era wardrobe, we have just the thing: this magnificent antebellum mansion in Beaufort, South Carolina, that is now for sale, priced at $2.395 million.
A street view of the mansion shows that it is complemented by the lush tall trees surrounding it as it stands tall over the street. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
This is a view from the small park across the street where there is a lovely bench for those who want to enjoy the river scenery. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
There is a small brick walkway in front of the house with a small stone structure before the street. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The gorgeous home has white fences and a small gate separating it from the sidewalk. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The house number on one of its posts with a little historic caption below it. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
The front porch has a couple of comfortable white wooden rocking chairs perfect for enjoying the river scenery. Images courtesy of Toptenrealestatedeals.com.
Built in 1852 and overlooking the Beaufort River, this historic treasure was built by Lewis Reeve Sams, a planter who at one time owned half of Dataw Island, for his family to escape the stifling heat by catching the cooling breezes off the water with its upper and lower-story front porches that span the width of the house. After his death his wife inherited the home, who willed it to her son, the Rev. Thomas Fuller Sams acquired the property and is listed on 1862 Direct Tax records as being its owner on the eve of the Union occupation, during which the house was used as Hospital #14 for Union Army officers and headquarters to General Rufus Saxton during the Civil War.
More recently, the home was selected as the setting of the movie, Prince of Tides, written by the late local author, Pat Conroy and nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1991 and starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte. Elegantly restored, it has been used as the Bay Street Inn, and currently as a family home. The seller, entrepreneur Scott Myers and his wife, Gwen, bought the home in 2006 for $1.875 million, according to county property records.
Today, Bay Street separates the property from the water, but it can be easily accessed since the riverbank across the street is a city park.
Rooms are generous and speak of earlier, more gentile times when a party would converse in the main living room, go into dinner and afterward the men would gather in the library with their cigars and port while the ladies would retire to the parlor. Windows were tall and deep, welcoming in the evening breeze.
At 7,600 square feet, included in the three-story home are six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, large entry foyer with dramatic staircase, formal living, and dining rooms, a library-media room, parlor, family room, and large eat-in kitchen. There are eight fireplaces, hardwood floors and the home has original elaborate millwork throughout along with built-in cabinets and bookshelves. Modern updates include an elevator, two laundries, and the first floor has two bedrooms, a catering kitchen and could be closed off as a separate apartment.
The home has been modernized to include 21st-century amenities while keeping its classic, deep-south antebellum design. Though it’s undergone rehabilitation and restoration over the years, according to the historic property records, the home has retained its plantation-style architecture, replete with characteristic Greek-Revival inspiration. The back porch overlooks the deep green of the landscape and the formal layout of the boxwood garden maze of landscaped hedges, a central fountain, and an outbuilding.