Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery

We recently took a roadtrip from our home in Northern Illinois to the Southeast, and after a day in Charlotte, we headed to beautiful Charleston. I was one wide-eyed, swooning flâneur* as we strolled Meeting, Church, and Battery Streets to soak up inspiration from the historical homes near White Point Gardens (aka “The Battery”). They are so much more than simply old houses, friends. Indeed, they are masterful works of art which somehow still remain after natural disasters and war. Join me for this Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery.

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a lovely visit indeed! Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery With Photos As Well as Architectural Inspiration.

*flâ·neur/fläˈnər/. From the French noun flâneur, it means “stroller,” “lounger,” “saunterer,” or “loafer.” Flânerie is the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations…a near-synonym is ‘boulevardier’.

Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery

What is the Charleston Battery? An area of the city which was at one time home to a battery of canons along the seawall. The battery protected Charleston as well as the mansions near the wall. It’s home to White Point Garden, Charleston’s first public park where you can enjoy: live oaks, palmetto trees, views of Charleston harbor, historical monuments, peaceful benches to relax, and…

Night heron. Near the Battery and White Point Gardens area of Charleston, we strolled the streets of magnificent historic homes with breathtaking architecture and gardens. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a sweet heron in the park indeed.

…lovely night herons. Oh, they were my favorite feature of the park along with the oaks!

Live oak trees. Near the Battery and White Point Gardens area of Charleston, we strolled the streets of magnificent historic homes with breathtaking architecture and gardens. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a lovely visit indeed! Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery With Photos As Well as Architectural Inspiration.
Gazebo. Near the Battery and White Point Gardens area of Charleston, we strolled the streets of magnificent historic homes with breathtaking architecture and gardens. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Gazebo at White Point Garden…certainly a charming place to relax indeed.

Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens

What style of homes can you expect to see in the area? The historic homes I strolled by hail from the pre-Revolutionary, Antebellum, and Victorian periods.

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a lovely visit indeed! Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery With Photos As Well as Architectural Inspiration.

How big are these Charleston mansions? These are not tiny summer homes! Even though many were built as summer homes for wealthy plantation owners, I was surprised by their square footage.

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…decidedly gorgeous spilling over window boxes.

The largest home is 20,000 square feet.

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Come enjoy this photo gallery with Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a lovely visit indeed! Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery With Photos As Well as Architectural Inspiration.
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Real Estate Costs for an Historic Charleston Home

How much do homes here cost? Sometimes as much as $1,000 per square foot.

Photo: William Means – Exterior of The Shacklford-Williams House in Charleston…certainly an enviable location indeed.

The Shackleford-Williams House (31 East Battery Street) is a six bedroom, five bath home built in 1837 with 7,505 square feet. It boasts an ocean view and is on the market for $6.5M.

Interior of The Shackleford-Williams House in Charleston – Photo: Williams Means…certainly a classic historical home indeed.

Get a feel for the neighborhood by seeing the home’s location here:

Historic Charleston Homes Here

What notable antebellum mansions will woo you? The Louis DeSaussure House, George Chisholm House, William Washington House, Edmonston-Alston House, Colonel John A.S. Ashe House, Charles Drayton House, Roper House, James Spear House, Colone John Ashe House, William Ravenel House, and Villa Margherita.

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Hello Lovely Studio…a lovely visit indeed! Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery With Photos As Well as Architectural Inspiration.

Quotes from Charleston Folks

You know I love collecting inspirational, humorous, and whimsical quotes, so those in this post have a common thread running through them: they are by Charleston peeps.

Humorous quote by Bill Murray on a grey ground on Hello Lovely Studio.

Crazy Beautiful Lush Charleston Window Boxes

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly inspiring indeed.
Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a lovely visit indeed! Historic Charleston Mansion Exteriors and Gardens: Walking & Carriage Tour of the Battery With Photos As Well as Architectural Inspiration.
Whimsical and poignant quote by Pat Conroy on Hello Lovely Studio.

Lovely Charleston Secret Gardens

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly an enchanting Charleston courtyard indeed.
Whimsical and poignant quote by Pat Conroy on Hello Lovely Studio.
Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charmed by Charleston indeed! Downtown Charleston Homes With Inspiring Curb Appeal and Lush Window Boxes as well as Rich Architectural Details. Exterior Design Inspiration: Photo Gallery of Traditional Southern Style In Case You Love South Carolina.
Humorous quote by Bill Murray on a grey ground on Hello Lovely Studio.

Carriage Ride in Charleston

Since this visit to Charleston only entailed a single day downtown, we didn’t have time for an architectural tour beyond the wonderful historical carriage ride tour we took with Palmetto Carriage Works.

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Photo: Palmetto Carriage Works…a traditional way to see Charleston indeed.
Whimsical and poignant quote by Pat Conroy on Hello Lovely Studio.

From a 4th generation Charlestonian former trial attorney, we learned so much about the history of Charleston, churches, earthquakes, alcohol consumption, architecture, gullah culture, and hauntings. Yes, hauntings.

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…summer in Charleston is gorgeous indeed.

Fortunately, there was plenty of laughter on the tour too. When discussing a particular religious denomination and the love for drink in Charleston, he remarked “when two are more gathered, there’s always a fifth.”

Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charmed by Charleston indeed! Downtown Charleston Homes With Inspiring Curb Appeal and Lush Window Boxes as well as Rich Architectural Details. Exterior Design Inspiration: Photo Gallery of Traditional Southern Style In Case You Love South Carolina.

Creeping Fig Everywhere on Beautiful Homes!

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Hello Lovely Studio…creeping vines and ivy are lovely indeed.
Humorous quote by Bill Murray on a grey ground on Hello Lovely Studio.

Pretty Pops of Blooms on Stucco Homes

Near the Battery and White Point Gardens area of Charleston, we strolled the streets of magnificent historic homes with breathtaking architecture and gardens. Hello Lovely Studio. #windowbox
Hello Lovely Studio…black shutters on pumpkin spice stucco in case you love a fall color story.
Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charmed by Charleston indeed! Downtown Charleston Homes With Inspiring Curb Appeal and Lush Window Boxes as well as Rich Architectural Details. Exterior Design Inspiration: Photo Gallery of Traditional Southern Style In Case You Love South Carolina.

Seafood for Lunch

We enjoyed a delicious casual lunch at Charleston Crab House.

Bucket of crab goodness at Charleston Crab House on Market Street.
Photo: Charleston Crab House…certainly rustic and laid back indeed.
Whimsical and poignant quote by Pat Conroy on Hello Lovely Studio.

Here’s a Great Pick: Double Tree Hilton in North Charleston

Our vacation was spur of the moment when my husband’s schedule unexpectedly opened up so we winged it. No fancy hotels or quaint downtown airbnb for us, and we held all of our plans loosely.

We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…a great pick indeed for an affordable hotel in North Charleston.

We stayed at the Double Tree Hilton in North Charleston, and it turned out to be a great pick!

We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…in case you need an idea for a North Charleston hotel.
Whimsical and poignant quote by Pat Conroy on Hello Lovely Studio.

Quiet, Comfy, Clean and a Forest View

Hotel details: 5264 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 843.576.0300.

We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a peaceful view.

I much prefer staying at a quieter property where there are trees outside my windows, not rowdy tourists.

Inspirational quote by George Washington Carver on Hello Lovely Studio.
We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…just in case you need a hotel pick.
We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charmed by Charleston indeed! Downtown Charleston Homes With Inspiring Curb Appeal and Lush Window Boxes as well as Rich Architectural Details. Exterior Design Inspiration: Photo Gallery of Traditional Southern Style In Case You Love South Carolina.
Humorous quote by Bill Murray on a grey ground on Hello Lovely Studio.
We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…in case you need a pleasant hotel for a trip to Charleston.

Trees and immaculate grout? Check, check.

We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in North Charleston, and the room was immaculate and peacefully overlooking a forest. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charmed by Charleston indeed! Downtown Charleston Homes With Inspiring Curb Appeal and Lush Window Boxes as well as Rich Architectural Details. Exterior Design Inspiration: Photo Gallery of Traditional Southern Style In Case You Love South Carolina.
Humorous quote by Stephen Colbert on a grey ground on Hello Lovely Studio.

102 Degrees So You Only Get One Hot Mess Selfie With Wild Hair

I will probably delete this tomorrow…it was hot, and I was okay with that, but forget about capturing a good selfie!

Hello Lovely Studio…in case you want a dose of reality.
Humorous quote by Stephen Colbert on a grey ground on Hello Lovely Studio.
Charleston's charming historic district is graced with architecturally magnificent homes, secret gardens, lush window boxes, and colorful design inspiration. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charmed by Charleston indeed! Downtown Charleston Homes With Inspiring Curb Appeal and Lush Window Boxes as well as Rich Architectural Details. Exterior Design Inspiration: Photo Gallery of Traditional Southern Style In Case You Love South Carolina.

Eclectic and Unexpected Lovely in a Renovated Charleston Home!

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4 Comments

  1. Marilyn S.
    August 21, 2019 / 5:27 am

    Thanks for the little video of the cute comfy cozy cottage . I’m telling myself you did that just for me! That’s the beauty of your blog though I think most of your readers feel a personal connection to you posts.
    Thanks for sharing it.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 21, 2019 / 7:49 am

      Oh, Marilyn – thank you for the feedback! I have so much more to share with you from that cottage! We vacationed there last month in Franklin, TN, so if you love it, you too can make it your home away from home. It is absolutely adorable!

  2. August 21, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    We so fell in love with Charleston!! Reading your post brought it all back!! We splurged on a hotel in the historic district which is very rare for us. I liked it because we walked to everything. The homes around the battery were so awesome. I have never seen such lush window boxes in my life!! Can’t wait to go back ….
    xo
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      August 21, 2019 / 4:37 pm

      I’m so bummed we just missed you – this trip was last minute and whirlwind for us so next time let’s meet there! 🙂

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