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6 charming homes in Charleston, South Carolina

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The William Vanderhorst house, built circa 1740, is one of the earliest examples of a Charleston Single house. The five-bedroom home has hardwood floors, ornate ceiling medallions and crown molding, a living room with cypress paneling, and a modern kitchen with high-end appliances. 

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Outdoor space includes a rooftop terrace with views of the city's steeples and a walled brick courtyard with fountain. $4,450,000. Laurie Tarleton and Steve Peters, Carriage Properties/Luxury Portfolio International, (843) 266-9877

Harleston Village 

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This three-bedroom penthouse on the top two floors of the 1912 Baker House offers views of the Ashley River, Colonial Lake, and Moultrie Park. On the first floor are a double-height entryway, updated kitchen with farm sink, living space, dining room, and principal bedroom with en suite bathroom; upstairs are two bedrooms and a second bathroom. 

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The building is close to downtown shopping, restaurants, and parks. $875,000. Lyles Geer, William Means/Christie's International Real Estate, (843) 793-9800

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The Josiah Smith Tennent House, an 1859 brick mansion that served as a hospital in the Civil War, is on the National Register of Historic Places and received a preservation award in 2004. The eight-bedroom home features two kitchens, a small basketball court, sauna, cinema room, and elevator. 

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Outside are two wrap-around piazzas and a landscaped front courtyard, formerly the Philip Simmons Children's Garden. $4,600,000. Leslie Turner, Maison Real Estate and Thomas Boulware, NAI Charleston, (843) 813-2933

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Thomas Hall stands on a 124.8-acre estate, 13 miles from downtown. The six-bedroom open-plan house has a dining room with custom mural and cathedral ceiling, billiard room with wet bar, chef's kitchen, and main suite with oversize bath. 

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The property includes rice fields, live oaks, fish pond, and boat dock; a one-bedroom apartment, greenhouse, and garage with gym and dog kennel, and a conservation easement held by Ducks Unlimited. $6,000,000. Jon Kohler, Jon Kohler & Assocs. (850) 508-2999

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This 1941 brick Colonial Revival overlooks Charleston Harbor. The five-bedroom house features high ceilings, a large kitchen, living and dining rooms, a study, a primary bedroom with terrace and Ashley River views, and a lower level refinished in 2007 with a 400-bottle wine cellar, wine pairing room, 125-gallon fish tank, gym, and workshop.

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On the lot are a private garden, a pool with a hydraulic cover, and a generator. $3,700,000. Jennifer Davis, Maison Real Estate, (843) 343-3300

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The James Jervey House, in a historic downtown neighborhood, dates to 1818. This one-bedroom condo on the ground level has two private entrances, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with marble countertops and gas range, a large living room with dining area and decorative brick fireplace, and an exclusive garden patio. 

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Building amenities include a laundry and community lawn; Gadsdenboro Park, Marion Square, shopping, and restaurants are all walking distance. $510,000. Brian Walsh, William Means/Christie's International Real Estate, (843) 754-2089

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