12 Franklin Street is an impressive and historic 1850's residence located within easy walking distance of nearly everything on the peninsula. This landmark Italianate-style building is a standout. The home has been beautifully and sensitively restored and updated by the current resident over the last 3 years. The main house has 3 bedrooms, each with a full updated bath ensuite; there is a half bath on the main level. Every room was carefully and sympathetically restored to retain and highlight the home's historical features while receiving updates to every mechanical system to modern standards. Features include impressively high ceilings, original moldings, remarkable stained glass windows and spacious piazzas. The kitchen includes a Subzero refrigerator, La Cornufe range with custom hood,Subzero wine refrigerator, KitchenAid beverage center and Asko dishwasher. Custom cabinets provide for generous storage capacity. Other features include a Rinnai water heater, Sonos sound and alarm system. 12 Franklin sits on a large lot, includes off street parking for 2 cars and a large private newly landscaped garden with bluestone and brick hardscape. Spacious double piazzas with access from every room extends the living space. The property includes a charming standalone carriage house designed by architect Glenn Keyes. This additional living/working space includes a half bath, HVAC system, TV, sound system, copper roof, pergola, secret garden and considerable storage space. 12 Franklin has been recognized as a significant historic home. As noted by the Historic Charleston Foundation, "12 Franklin is an excellent example of a masonry Charleston town house of the mid-nineteenth century. It retains integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling association, and contributes to the significance of the Charleston Historic District. Described as "High style regional architecture", fine 'Charleston style' - well designed and proportioned, good detail, spirited, dignified, frequently innovative, rare, and always attractive and interesting.
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