About This Listing
This quaint apartment offers a lot of charm close to downtown. Perfect for couples and two blocks away from the park and the Citadel. Modest but cozy and affordable!
This quaint split studio is nestled in the heart of Charleston's west side two blocks away from the gorgeous Hampton Park. The lay out divides 650 square feet into a living room, queen bedroom, dinning room, and a separate kitchen and bathroom. The apartment is on the second floor of an old Charleston home turned duplex.
This house is very old. The stair case leading up to the house is rickety (not handicapped accessible) and the slanted porch has an old blue ceiling. Historically, porch ceilings are painted blue to ward off evil spirits and mosquitos alike. The apartment has that good ol' Charleston lean (slanted porches in Charleston are built to aid in rain water run off). Two of the windows still have an “x” taped over the panes from hurricane Hugo.
Besides the very nice downstairs neighbor, the porch boasts lovely privacy as it looks out onto a big open yard with no immediate next door neighbors. There is a house on the front of the that is also an old Charleston home spit into apartments.
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 kitchen has an older stove and a full size refrigerator but no microwave. (I'm anti nuking) There is central heat and air as well as window units (come visit in August and you will understand why this is a plus). There is a 47 in flat screen TV, a dvd player, DVDs, and (website hidden) chrome. There is a modest little library system for borrowing books for the park and the beach.
There are plenty of little quirky things about my place. It’s old. This is important to remember. This is not a newly renovated, state of the art appliances, Ikea clad, hip new apartment. (Thus the reasonable price.) I leave instructions on the little things that make my place special! This place is decked out in thrift store finds and flea market treasures. If you’re looking for luxury I can't give it to you. What I do offer is homey, comfortable, and affordable. I hope you find my place as endearing as I do! Peace & Love!
In some situations we can just leave a key for you to check in.
There is convenient parking on the street, up against the high school, after 6pm on weekdays and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. There are shared parking spots on the property, but they are tight and suitable only for compact cars. SUVs and Hummers wont fit very well. On street parking on the surrounding streets is very safe and walkable.
Interaction with Guests
My boyfriend, John, and I share the responsibilities. The house is yours and we respect your privacy. John or I may do a quick walk through upon arrival or departure (depending on our availability) but we pretty much leave ya to it. We are just a phone call away and around the corner if there are any questions. We are really just here as you need us.
The house is located behind a high school and in a safe area. It is set back from the street behind another Charleston duplex and upstairs among 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.
From the Neighborhood:
The house is downtown, but it is in the northern, local, area of King St. (our "main" St.). The market and touristy part of down town is farther south on the peninsula. The entire length of the peninsula runs only 3 miles.
Its about 1/2 mi. - 1 mi. to the king street bars, shops and restaurants on upper King St. (night life, contemporary art galleries, & restaurants- northern end of the peninsula)
It is about 1 mi. - 1 1/2 mi. to the College of Charleston campus and popular shopping district of King St. (campus, shopping, restaurants- the heart of the city)
It is about 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 mi. to lower King St., the Market, the Battery, and Broad st. (touristy area, art galleries, & restaurants - the southern end of the peninsula)
The house is far from the 2am hustle and bustle but close enough to walk about 15-30/45 min (depending if you take a straight shot or weave through street for sight seeing), bike about 5-10 min, and drive in just moments to anywhere on the peninsula.
Charleston is a walking city. The infrastructure is not kind to traffic. Unless you want to leave the peninsula, plan on walking. The best way to get around to places farther on the peninsula is by bike or pedi cabs (bike taxis).
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 20min -1 hour wait. Or use UBER.
Other Things to Note
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!
There is one queen bed. I put that it accommodates three because of the couch.
Smoking is fine on the porch.
Great stay in Charleston. John was there waiting for us upon arrival after we were running late due to traffic. Showed us around and gave us local tips on where to go. Listing on the apartment is accurate. It has a nice and comfortable "homey" feel to it. It is a studio, but the apartment is broken up into various different rooms which was nice. Super close to everything. We took Uber to King Street for $6-8 bucks and Folly Beach was roughly $20-25. We enjoyed the stay!
We loved this apartment! It was super comfortable and decorated beautifully. The location is great--a quiet neighborhood, easily walkable to King Street and the rest of the main downtown area. Valerie and John were wonderful hosts. They were incredibly welcoming and responsive whenever we had a question about anything. We would definitely stay here again.
Super cute apartment, even better than I expected. Valerie was very nice and friendly and able to recommend local bars/restaurants, helpful in getting knowledge about the area as my friend is thinking about moving down. My first experience with air bnb and it went smoothly.
My stay was wonderful! I arrived late and Val was super accommodating and flexible. The place has wonderful bones felt so homey. It was great to come back to after being out. I had everything I needed to enjoy the weekend in Charleston!
The host wasn't there upon arrival, but no worries there. We got in fine and she let us know what we needed to know via email and notes.
The place was neat and eclectic as other reviewers noted. The shower had good temp and water pressure (this is important to me at least), and the host left new towels for us. The old foundations left the structure drooping down towards the kitchen, and it definitely had signs of a student on a budget--the couch with frame issues, older bedding, etc. But overall good value for the money, and the location allowed us to walk to upper King with ease.
About the Host, Valerie & John
Hi! I am a 28 year old southern girl living in Charleston SC. My boyfriend John and I love hosting guests in my cozy Charleston apartment. We use air bnb often and have always enjoyed our adventures. I travel a lot so I rely on my darling John to help out with air bnb responsibilities. John is a 31 year old Charleston native , pun generator, and bicycle mechanic and enthusiast. He is the best!
I love sweet cozy spaces and traveling. Those two things combined really churn my butter. I am a traveler more than a vacationer. I am always on the prowl for yoga studios, art galleries, free concerts in parks, community events, good food, trails, gardens (I love flowers and nature), record stores, local book stores, thrift and vintage shops, dive bars with cheap beer, minimal windows, good music and great stories and information on how to obtain a bicycle. I absolutely love to ride a bike, especially in order to explore a new city. I am currently working towards my undergrad degree (Im on that 10 year college plan) and when I travel I like to look at potential grad school programs too (creative writing, grant writing, non profit organizations, arts administration... I want to help make the world a better and more creative space.) I love people. I'm very friendly and like to hear and tell stories, but I also like my quiet me time.
We hope to hear from y'all soon!