Private studio apartment is located above a detached garage nestled in the beautiful and historic Old Village of Mount Pleasant, just five miles from downtown Charleston and two miles from the beaches of Sullivan's Island.
The apartment is accessed through a gated entrance separate from the main house for added privacy. It has a comfortable queen-sized bed, a loveseat that pulls out into a twin bed, and a queen air mattress. All bed and bathroom linens are provided. The kitchenette is complete with sink, refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and coffee maker. Basic cooking and serving utensils are provided, as well. The fully stocked private bathroom has a standup shower with all of the essentials and hair dryer provided. A large closet provides adequate storage for your travel gear and contains an iron/ironing board. Wi-fi is included on a dedicated network with a strong signal and cable TV is included as well.
The apartment is centrally located within walking/biking distance of the shops and restaurants on Coleman Blvd and only three blocks from the Charleston Harbor. Notable attractions within walking distance include Alhambra Hall, the Old Pitt Street Bridge recreation area and the numerous restaurants and park on Shem Creek. The immediate area also boasts the quaint Old Village business district, which includes the Old Village Post House restaurant, the old fashioned Pitt Street Pharmacy and soda shop as well as several boutique-style shops.
Sullivan's Island and its wonderful beaches is just two short miles away. There you will find sand, surf, sun as well as the Revolutionary War-era Fort Moultrie and many great casual dining establishments. Also two miles away is Patriot's Point, where you can play a round of golf, catch a tour boat to Fort Sumter, water taxi to downtown Charleston or tour the Naval & Maritime museum including the WWII-era Yorktown aircraft carrier. Skip the hotel and come experience all of what the Old Village of Mt Pleasant has to offer!
Guests will have access to the apartment and the garage below for bicycles or storage of other personal belongings.
Generally I am present in the main house during our guest's stay and I prefer to greet guests upon their arrival, however this may not always be possible. I can be invisible, or I am always available by text or telephone, if not in person. I am always happy to offer ideas or suggestions to those looking for a locals opinion or perspective.
This quiet neighborhood is the oldest and one of the most desirable in Mt. Pleasant, with a mix of homes ranging from the early 1800's to modern. Most of the older homes can be found on or near the Charleston Harbor several blocks away. The neighborhood is not a planned development with governing HOA rules.
It is very helpful to have a car in our area, but the CARTA bus system route to downtown Charleston stops at Shem Creek, about 12 blocks from the apartment. A water taxi is also available to downtown from Shem Creek for $20 per person. It is a very nice area for riding bikes, as well, and there are several bicycle shops that rent bikes nearby.
This is a non-smoking apartment. Please feel free to use all available utensils and supplies provided for your convenience, however please clean kitchenware after use. Air conditioner unit is more than adequate to quickly heat and cool apartment. Please be energy conscious and turn unit off while away. Local interest books and games are provided for your entertainment. Please ensure that these and all other items provided remain in the apartment upon your departure. This is a quiet residential area - no loud parties please.
This was my first stay with Airbnb and it was a great one! Bret was well prepared for us and made us feel at home. The apartment was just as described and even larger than I expected. Located in a residential area in Mt Pleasant, the apartment was above his garage and was very quiet and we felt safe. It was everything we needed wanted, and was a good value! Bret had coffee, bagels and cream cheese and a fruit bowl for us and provided a very thoughtful and thorough notebook to assist us with restaurants and sights. I would definitely stay in the Cozy Old Village studio apt again!
This was the perfect place to stay during our trip to Charleston. I went with two other friends from school and we felt very comfortable staying in this studio apartment - everything we needed was provided for, even with some extra amenities that made our stay extra special! Bret was a really great host, very friendly whenever we saw him. The place itself, being in Mt. Pleasant, was the perfect home base to visit Charleston from, especially since we had to pass over the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge every time we went into the city. Overall, we felt that this was definitely the best place we could have chosen to stay in and I would recommend it to anyone hoping to explore the Charleston area.
Bret's darling little efficiency garage apartment was perfect! We were in the Charleston area for a few days on one leg of our Spring Break/College Visit road trip, and found Bret's place to be cozy, comfortable, and more than spacious enough for the three of us. Bret was an excellent host, communicating well prior to our visit and checking in on us shortly after arrival to provide extra keys and a quick tour. We had never used Airbnb before, and had never been to Charleston before, but Bret's charming, easygoing nature made us feel at ease and right at home. We were pleasantly surprised to find fresh bagels, cream cheese, fruit, and even local nuts in the kitchen area when we arrived.
The apartment was bright, nicely furnished, exceptionally clean, and stocked with plenty of towels (perfect for three girls!). Bret has thought of everything his guests might need; even an iron and an extra fan were available in the apartment's generous closet. We also appreciated that Bret had taken special care to be sure his guests feel safe in the apartment by having triple locks on the interior door, double locks on the exterior door, a secure gated entrance and a very well lit exterior. We felt quite safe in leaving before dawn to head out to Isle of Palms to wait for sunrise -- the custom outdoor shower is a wonderful feature for washing off the sand-- and in coming in after dark following a great day at Folly Beach.
In summary, Bret's Mt. Pleasant neighborhood is just lovely, the apartment is wonderful and the location is perfect. Shem Creek, with many restaurants, is nearby. And what a super easy drive across the bridge into downtown Charleston, where it is easy to park near the aquarium and take the free trolley all over. We all agreed that the Charleston leg of our trip was by far our favorite, and I have no doubt that feeling so at home while staying at Bret's place played an important role in how we felt about being in the area. We hope to visit Charleston again and again, and to stay at Bret's place when we do. I've already recommended Airbnb and this gem of an apartment to all my friends!
I would like to lie and say that Bret was not a super friendly guy and his apartment was not nice only because I want to stay there again and want there to be less competition. But that would be rude so I'll be honest-great host and great place to stay-super close to all the great sights in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Sullivan Island. I hope we will be back soon!
This place was AMAZING for so many reasons. Bret (the host) was beyond welcoming and super helpful! It's in the perfect location.. less then 5 minutes from the Sullivan's Island, 10 minutes from downtown Charleston and less than 30 minutes from Folly Beach (must go there.) Everything was super clean and ready when we arrived. We will most definitely be staying here again sometime this year! :)
Bret was very welcoming and communicative - He was accessible upon arrival and throughout our five-night stay. The neighborhood is placid and scenic, close to parks and the water, and convenient to both the beaches and downtown with many fine restaurants and shopping opportunities nearby. The apartment itself was a great value for the cost with plenty of privacy and all necessary features. The only areas for improvement were the WiFi which generally worked, especially after Bret reset it on the first night, but continued to be a bit spotty over the weekend. The heater/AC - which is a wall-mounted unit and was needed since the weather was cold during our stay - could be considered a little loud for some people, but it didn't bother us. Basically, it's like having a fan on when it's running. Otherwise, the combination of location, privacy, low price, and a great host make this a great apartment for your stay in Charleston.
This was our first trip to Charleston and our first Airbnb experience. Both get an A+. We came to explore the area and we wanted lodging that would allow easy access to the city and a genuine neighborhood experience. The Cozy Studio offers a perfect location for both. Bret has compiled a helpful handbook of host information and recommendations for his guests. (Burgers at the nearby Public House lived up to his praise and should not be missed.) The studio was exactly as shown in the listing photos. It offers ample space to spread out a bit. Though perhaps a bit soft for my taste, the pillowtop bed was comfortable. A cedar chest keeps extra bed linens and pillows handy and is a nice spot to lay out a suitcase. I appreciated the full length mirror on the closet door, lamp lighting, and ample wall shelving in the main room and bath. The bathroom has a tiny but adequate standing shower, handy electrical outlet and good towels. The entire studio was very clean with no odors. Bret has equipped the kitchenette with a Keurig, a toaster, a small electric range and fridge, plus necessary housewares should one want to pick up a few groceries and eat in. Bret's "welcome basket" of fruit, bagels and hand squeezed orange juice was a generous treat that fed us breakfast all weekend. I will say that the air/heating unit is noisy, though it was also quite effective for a couple of chilly nights.
The Old Village is perfect, and a beautiful area in which to walk. There are a couple of nice parks nearby. It's close enough to Shem Creek restaurants and park to stroll down there if the weather is good. Bret greeted us upon our arrival, then communicated via text and email except when we ran into him in the driveway. As a native Charlestonian, he easily answered every question we threw at him and seemed quite happy to do so. The studio's private entrance let us avoid feeling like our late comings and goings might disturb Bret or his family. We were able to park in front of the house without getting in anyone's way.
We'd happily stay at the Cozy Studio again. If anyone in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant decides they'd like to give away their home to appreciative strangers, I hope Bret will let us know. We'd love to be neighbors!
I enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, backpacking and kayaking. I have traveled extensively throughout the western United States primarily to experience and enjoy the natural landscape. I grew up on the coast of Charleston, South Carolina and the draw of the saltwater and all that it has to offer has kept me here. As a host I understand that guests may vary greatly in terms of their ideal lodging experience, but I do enjoy meeting new people and my goal is to ensure our guests enjoy their stay to its fullest.