This adorable little hide away is nestled in the heart of Charleston's west side two blocks away from the gorgeous Hampton Park Terrace. A split studio lay out divides the 650 square feet into a living room, bedroom and dinning room with a separate full kitchen and bathroom. This darling apartment is on the second floor of a traditional old Charleston home turned duplex. The porch has a blue ceiling, no windows on one side of the apartment and that good ol' quaint Charleston lean. It doesn't get more Charleston than that. The porch boasts lovely privacy as it looks out onto a big open yard with no immediate next door neighbors.
The bedroom has a queen size bed with a down mattress cover that begs to be slept in past 9am. The old claw foot tub is really only small enough to take showers in but the window above the sink opens for a nice breeze adding a nice outdoor touch. The full kitchen has a stove and a full refrigerator but no microwave. (I'm anti nuking) There is brand new central heat and air (as well as window units; come visit in August and you will understand why this is a plus). A 47 in flat screen TV comes with netfilx, Hulu and a wii for your use. The books are there for your use and I am delighted to share but I ask that they stay in my collection. This is my home so I hope you enjoy the picture of my friends and family!
The house is set back behind another Charleston duplex and upstairs amongst big shady trees. It is on a one way pass through between two streets that give you easy access to King St. via Sumter St and Hwy 17 via Fishburn St. (THE WAY TO THE BEACH! -this is very important) You will be only two blocks away from the Citadel, Joe Reilly Stadium (Home of the Bill Murray owned River Dogs- if you come while they are in season you can see your own private fireworks display from the porch), Brittle Bank Park that sits on the Ashley River complete with fishing dock, gazebo and play ground, and the gorgeous Hampton Park. (Hampton Park is a great little secret of us locals. Its the best place to climb a tree, feed the ducks, read a book, run a mile, or just run your toes through the grass.) It is close to great neighborhood dives and restaurants such as the Tattooed Moose (highly recommended by me and the Food Network) and Moes Crosstown. Because of the location of this house you will be able to get a real feel for the local life. This is where the young professionals and new families live. Its about a mile and a half away from the 2am hustle and bustle of campus but close enough to the night life that you can walk about 20 minutes, bike about 5, and drive in just moments to the king street bars, shops and restaurants. Its my refuge.
I do offer a personal contact with Charleston's pedi cab (bike taxi) services. Please feel free to inquire for more information.
The most wonderful thing about this place other than its quaint cozy quiet charm, location moments from the water and parks and convenient to downtown shopping and dinning, submersion into the local life, and traditional Charleston quirks is that it is home. I have made it as warm and inviting as I can and it would be a pleasure to share it with you.
The house is yours and I respect your privacy. I'll do a quick walk through and leave ya to it. I'm just a phone call away if there are any questions. I'm really just here as you need me.
The public transportation is a little on the weak side. It's 5 bux any where on the peninsula by cab ( I think $1 per extra person). But call ahead and plan for a 10-20 min wait. The best way to get around in my opinion are the pedi cabs (bike taxis). I have a personal contact with them if you would like more information.
There are plenty of little quirky things about my place. Its old. This is important to remember. This is not a newly renovated ikea clad hip new apartment. (thus the reasonable price) I leave instructions on the little things that make my place special (like two of the lamps have to be unplugged because I broke the switch off) but its cozy and quaint! I'm a pretty minimal person so don't expect state of the art appliances or technology. This place is decked out in thrift store finds and flea market treasures. If your looking for luxury I can't give it to you. What I do offer is homey and comfortable.
I hope you find my place as endearing as I do!
Valerie is a hostess extraordinaire, and the apartment has loads of charm. It's about a 5-10 minute bike ride from the restaurants & nightlife of upper King Street.
Valerie's place is no better nor worst than a graduate student's apartment. Eclectic and a little funky. Can't be a level floor surface in the whole place, but that isn't her fault. What might be is the smell of cigarettes. Either through friends or the folks downstairs. Don't know, but the smell was evident.
Otherwise, the arrangements were handled quickly and effectively. The place was clean, but a little shabby, and what the heck.
We had a great stay at Valerie's place. The house was clean, prepared for us, and an easy walking distance to King St.
Valerie was waiting for us upon arrival. She gave us great advice on the local culture, things to do, and restaurants to visit.
We had a great time and highly recommend for anyone to stay here.
Our first night in Charleston, we stayed in Valerie's apartment. The location is great for exploring the true downtown Charleston area. Valerie's style and attention to detail made for a really cozy atmosphere for us weary travelers. We even decided to stay in on the couch, it was so comfy! Despite the freezing temperatures outside, the heater in the living room did a great job at keeping is comfortable. The bed, plush. The neighbors, quiet.
Very nice and cosy place, which fits the overall spirit of Charleston. Very reasonable price and in a convenient walking distance to downtown.
Valerie is a great host.
I am not giving 5 stars due to a couple of minor drawbacks (which did not affect our experience at all).
Bottom line: I recommend it.
I was looking for an affordable place to stay while attending a wedding weekend. Valerie had most of what I was looking for - a comfy bed, a quiet neighborhood, a mini ironing board for some last-minute shirt pressing, and just about a $12 cab ride to the main hotel strip where most of the wedding festivities were happening. Thanks Valerie!
Valerie and her place were great. We only stayed for one night but felt at home. She had great recommendations for the city, and the apt is within easy driving distance of everything. I would definitely stay here again if I came back to Charleston.
Valerie's a sweet gal with an even sweeter place. Accommodations were very nice and love the fact she even wrote out directions to the nearest bar and liquor store. I would definitely recommend staying at Valerie's again.
Valerie's apartment was exactly what we were looking for—a relaxing place to come home to after a long day of exploring the city! It really felt like it was our home, which made our stay so lovely. The neighborhood is really cute and quiet as well. Far enough that you escape the noise of the college crowd, but still close enough to get to down town quickly.
Val was also an incredible host! She is so sweet and welcoming, and readily available if you have any questions about anything. She was more than happy to provide us with a locals recommendations for places to eat, hang and explore, so we got to experience Charleston as more than just tourist. She also recommended renting bikes, which made the city that much more accessible (I highly recommend it!).
A stay with Val is southern hospitality at it's finest!