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Charleston part Deux

August 30, 2011

by Elizabeth

Let’s go back to Charleston! As I said before, we went on a carriage tour of the historic district the first afternoon we were in town. Our driver was entertaining in a non-annoying way, shared lots of history and interesting tidbits, and most importantly showed us some fantastic homes. I think a big part of Charleston’s charm is the architecture – all of the buildings have tons of unique details. Some were covered in vines, some had fabulous iron work or gorgeous trim on the window casings, and nearly all of them had cute flower boxes or gardens.

First of all, there were pink buildings and porches everywhere. Which is clearly a good thing in my book. Lots of houses had a typical Charleston layout with a long “front” porch facing south, which would be the side of the property – the breeze often comes in off the water to the south. The front doors or gates faced east or west towards the street and then opened up to the long porch. I just loved this unique design.  Many houses still featured historic details that have been preserved even though they might be outdated. In the bottom left photo above, the brick building attached to the house is a former exterior kitchen, a remnant of the days when risk of fire prevented people from cooking in the house.

On to Rainbow Row. I (obviously) adored all of the pastel houses, but what I noticed more than anything were the incredibly beautiful doors and intricate iron gates. It’s all in the details! Greek key? Yes please. Two homes (not on Rainbow Row) we saw on our carriage tour even featured marble steps and patios. Can you imagine having Marble sidewalks?! Slightly dangerous in the rain, but to.die.for.

Past Rainbow Row towards the Battery, we arrived at the mansions facing the waterfront. These homes were beautiful and impressive with a view and location people might kill for here in landlocked Dallas. While our walk down the waterfront was breathtaking, I found the houses to be just slightly imposing – I decided that I’d much prefer a smaller home in the more residential district we toured earlier. You know, since we’re moving to Charleston and all.

Hope you enjoyed our little tour of my new favorite city!

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