Charleston Harbor view, garage apt

House - Entire home/apt · Bayview Dr, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, United States

A spacious apartment in a place with a fantastic view of Charleston Harbor. It's amazingly serene - like being in the country in the middle of Charleston.
Private dock, kayaks, boating available, bikes, and lots of peace and quiet.

The Space

1 BR, full bath, living room, in garage apt with separate entrance. Right by Shem Creek and Patriot's Point, at the foot of the Cooper River Bridge. Incredibly convenient location: 4 miles to downtown Charleston, 5 miles to Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms beaches. TV has broadcast channels and a DVD player, but no cable. WiFi in the apt is a little spotty, don't say you weren't warned! Dock, fabulous views of Ft Sumter and the ships in the harbor from the back porch. Refrigerator, coffeemaker, microwave in the apartment (no cooktop or oven). Breakfast not included, but there will be coffee you can make in the morning, and orange juice, and bagels or English muffins, and butter and jam. Hairdryer is in the bathroom. Iron, steamer, ironing board available. Easy walk to a Starbucks, also Shem Creek restaurants and Waterfront Park. There's a Water Taxi service from Shem Creek to Patriot's Point to downtown Charleston. I have 3 bikes that can be used (not fancy), and they can go on the Water Taxi so you can explore Historic Charleston by bike. I now have 2 small kayaks for guests to use to explore the creek. You can fish from the dock, also (email hidden) and/or catch Blue Crabs. Or you can just enjoy the dock with the Green Herons and the Black Skimmers flying up and down the creek. Dolphins and Brown Pelicans, too, of course. Weather and tides permitting, I love to take people out for a boat ride in my little Boston Whaler. Stand-Up Paddleboard rentals available right nearby. Oh, and Patriot's Point golf course is less than a mile away, along with the Yorktown.
p.s. Bring your camera :)

Guest Access

The best part about this place is the delightful and relaxing back deck, with comfortable chairs and a fantastic view of the giant container ships and the sailboats and shrimp boats and long-liners and Ft Sumter and Castle Pinckney and Ft Johnson (which is now a marine lab) and Crab Bank and Patriots Point and Shem Creek and oh, I could go on and on about the birds and the otters and the Diamond-backed Terrapins but thankfully no alligators in our creek!

Interaction with Guests

I try to be there when guests arrive, so I can show off the place, but it works out ok if they arrive and let themselves in. I do enjoy interacting with guests, but sometimes it just works out that we barely see each other. When schedules and tides allow, I like to take guests out on the water in my little boat Catnip, but mostly they just take the kayaks out on their own.

The Neighborhood

This place is so peaceful and quiet, it's like living in the country, but it is literally ten minutes from the heart of downtown Charleston, and less than that to the beaches. So it's the best of both worlds!

Getting around

Public transit is not very good in Charleston. There is a water taxi to downtown that you can bike over to, and then ride bikes around the city which is really fun. But to enjoy all Charleston has to offer, from the historic district to the beaches to the plantations, you need to have a car.

Other Things to Note

•The back porch is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the view. Take your coffee out there in the mornings, or your wine in the evenings, and make yourselves at home. 
•The dock has a bench out at the end of it and you are welcome to walk on out there. It is an old dock, though, and the boards are a bit loose, so watch your step.
•Kayaks: There are 2 kayaks for your use: the big yellow/red one and the little blue one. Please ask where the paddles and the life vests are. You are required to have a life vest and a whistle with you. A cel phone in a waterproof bag could come in handy, hopefully you won’t need it. These are basic kayaks, and they are not good for long trips or open water. Please enjoy them in the creek here – at high tide you can paddle all the way up to Coleman Blvd and it is amazingly remote and otherworldly. Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, it’s wonderful. Or you can paddle out the creek and turn left to go up Shem Creek. You can even stop for a bite to eat or a drink at the restaurants along the creek. Watch out for shrimp boats or long-liners or commercial fishing boats: stay to the edges of the waterway.
•Weather and tides and schedules permitting, I would love to take you out for a short boat ride in my little Boston Whaler. Charleston from the water is a whole new experience, always different, always fun… We’ll just have to see if we can work it into your trip.
•I have 2 bikes you can use. It is really fun to bike across the little Shem Creek bridge around the old Village, and out to the very pretty Pitt Street bridge park which looks out on the IntraCoastal Waterway and across to Sullivan’s Island (about 2 miles to the Pitt St Bridge each way). Or you can ride out on the new Town Dock on this side of Shem Creek (very close by, less than ½ mile), or head over to Patriot’s Point which has a nice bike path and you can ride out to the marina that’s right on the harbor, or if you’re intrepid, you can bike over the giant Ravenel bridge. Ask and I’ll show the bikes to you and tell you the combinations to the locks. There are 2 helmets for you. Please use them!

•Lots of people walk up to the top of the Ravenel Bridge; the views are spectacular. It’s about 3/4 mile to the foot of the bridge. Bring a windbreaker, it’s usually windy up there.

•Whole Foods is only a half mile away, and Trader Joe’s is just a little farther past it. And there is a huge Harris Teeter grocery store across the street from Whole Foods.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $920 /week
Monthly Price: $3500 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Susan's apartment was lovely and the view from her front porch and yard is absolutely stunning. Susan gave us great recommendations about the area and left us snacks and some local beers in the fridge. She even has three adorable puppies that we played with. I really enjoyed staying with her on Shem's Creek. I would lightly recommend to others.

    April 2014
  • We had the most amazing time at Susan's property. The location and her home are both beyond beautiful! It is a serene spot tucked away from the city yet just a few minutes away from everything. The apartment above the garage was fantastic and we had everything we needed.

    We fell in love with the water right in the backyard. We watched the sunset at the end of the dock and took advantage of the kayaks that Susan made available to tour Shem creek and wind up through the neighbouring creeks (highly recommended!). We "parked" the kayaks and stopped for breakfast at Page's Okra Grill just down the street and even met a dolphin just a few feet from our kayaks on the way (amazing!!). We also used Susan's bikes to visit the Maritime Museum just a few blocks away and then took a water taxi to Charleston Harbour for the day.

    Susan is a wonderful host and her property is absolutely amazing. We would LOVE to stay with her again anytime.

    April 2014
  • Susan and her lovely place were the perfect landing place for us to explore the Charleston area. The scenery along the coast, including the marsh in the back yard, were fabulous. Susan is a wonderful host- there when you want the company, but not a constant presence. Her guided boat tour was a highlight of the trip. Highly recommend her place to anyone looking for some R&R. We had a wonderful time.

    March 2014
  • It was a big mistake to book just one day here. The place is so stunningly beautiful that we instantly regretted it after arriving. We knew the place was already booked for the next day...

    So, about the location. The garage appartment itself is about as big as a normal appartment in our hometown Amsterdam. The main house (some would say mansion) is huge but cosy and welcoming. It boasts a spectacular view of the harbor, with shrimping boats coming and going as well as birds in all forms and sizes. It's the kind of place that makes you want to get some beers and build a fire in the garden and feel 16 again, which we did.

    Charleston is a (large) bridge away, it should be doable to get there by bike if you're not as lazy as we were. Susan will be happy to borrow you one.

    Susan is a classy person. She's warm, interested and welcoming but not in an intrusive way. She let us go about our own things until we got to talk, after which she welcomed us in our house for a late night dinner, and introduced us to her friends.

    Furthermore Susan took us on a motorboat trip in the bay (more birds, more shrimping boats, a big bad ass aircraft carrier and... dolphins!), she let us borrow her kayaks, we visited charming Charleston, so all in all we were very happy that, in spite of the garage apt being booked, she cleared a room for us in the main house so we could stay another day.

    All in all this place and the owner are 24 carat AirBnB gold. If you are planning a stay in Charleston don't make same the mistake we did by initially just booking one day.

    Susan, thank you very much for a great stay!

    March 2014
  • We enjoyed staying at Susan's charming, wonderfully located apartment. Susan is an awesome host, that really tries hard welcoming you, making you feel at home, and treating you as a friend. The apartment is cute and perfectly located, just a few easy minutes from downtown, close to Whole Foods, restaurants, and various local attractions. The bed was very comfortable, the shower great, the cozy mini library nook by the window, generously stocked with wonderful books, and the awesome view couldn't be better. We had limited time, and wished we could have stayed longer. While there, besides downtown, we visited Fort Moultrie in Sullivan's Island, Boone Hall Plantation, Shem Creek Park, Waterfront Park (all just a few short minutes away), plus Folly's Beach for a view of Morris Island Lighthouse. For dinner the crispy fried flounder at "Hyman's," is always yummy and reliable, but besides that we discovered a quaint, fun pub called "Tattooed Moose". The french fries fried in duck fat, the duck club, a triple decker with duck confit and other fixings were sooo good, we wish we had room for more. Also worth mentioning their pickled sweet and spicy green tomatoes, tasty and delicious. For breakfast the Okra Grill, was convenient and also very good, we didn't order their pecan pie, but it looked very tempting. In summary we recommend Susan and her wonderful apartment, and would love to stay there again if she would have us. Thanks again Susan for a wonderful mini vacation.

    March 2014
  • My friend and I really enjoyed our stay. We were amazed at the number of things to do and the amount of places to explore. Kayaking through the harbor, biking to the magnificent bridge, touring the Yorktown, walking around the town of Charleston, and relaxing on the dock at night were just a few of the things we did during our brief stay. There is an infinite number of places to eat nearby.
    Susan was absent most of our stay, and arrived late during our second night but made an effort to talk with us and share a few stories. Wonderful place; highly recommended!

    March 2014
  • Susan's accommodations are on a gorgeous river close to Charleston. The garage apartment is cute, well-furnished, and comfortable. The bathroom is spacious and spotless. The view overlooking the river and harbor is stunning, especially on foggy nights. Susan is a great host.

    March 2014
  • Susan was a wonderful host and we could not have had a better experience! Her home is lovely and the location is great! It was our first trip to Charleston and I can say with confidence that we will be back and would absolutely love to stay at this wonderful house on the creek again! Highly recommended!

    March 2014
  • I grew up in Charleston, and always look for an excuse to come back. I can confidently say that staying at 323 Bayview in a unique Charleston experience. I felt right back at home staying in the beautiful apartment off Shem Creek. Susan the owner allowed us to use her kayaks and dock for days full of fishing and exploring the tidal creeks. Susan took us on a boat ride around the harbor where we saw dolphins and a special view of the U.S.S Yorktown. We were also able to take bikes up to brunch. If you are looking for the local experience , the beauty of the lowcountry, and the fun and food of Shem Creek and Sullivan's Island stay at 323 Bayview.

    March 2014
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-night stay, use of the bikes, and the extra treat of meeting Susan's week-old puppies. Susan was very helpful with our special requests and is a most thoughtful host. The apartment was very quiet and spacious for our needs. Location was excellent, serene, and beautiful - just what we look for in off the beaten path. We would stay there again in a heartbeat, and hope to, if we can get back to the area again.

    February 2014
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I love to enjoy the fantastic views from the house which change so dramatically with the daylight and the seasons. Kayaking and motorboating are extra fun here. I do have 2 bikes and 2 kayaks that can be used to explore. The wonderful Cooper River bridge is only a 1/2 mile walk from the house. Seafood restaurants also less than a half mile. Fishing and shrimping and crabbing, too, right from the dock. It's like staying in the country, quiet and contemplative, but you are 10 minutes from the high life of the city.
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