Offered at: $3,150,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Half Baths: 1 Square Feet: 2980 Acres: .05


Listing Agent: REALTOR® Douglas Berlinsky

Phone: 843.224.4708

Email: [email protected]

MLS Listing with additional photos

Philip Simmons gate at 6 Tradd Street

Philip Simmons gate

The renovated c. 1788 stuccoed brick masterpiece at 6 Tradd Street is one of Charleston’s finest and oldest town homes. Situated within the original walled city of Charles Towne on part of Lot 7 of the “Grand Modell,” the John Fabre Jr. House is now part of the prestigious South of Broad neighborhood. The home sits amongst Charleston’s quaint alleyways and cobblestone streets, just steps from the famed Rainbow Row, Charleston Harbor, and a number of Charleston’s best restaurants.

A superbly-crafted iron gate forged by the famous local blacksmith Philip Simmons opens onto a private bricked walkway, which leads to the front door and entry hall of the home. The spacious living room, replete with charm and a multitude of natural light, boasts 12’ ceilings, transom windows, interior and exterior shutters, gleaming heart pine hardwood floors, and crown molding. The dining room matches the living room in formal style and adds a fireplace with period mantlepiece (one of 5 in the home). Exquisite Italian crystal chandeliers top both rooms.

The beautiful and functional kitchen boasts Carrara marble countertops and tiled backsplash. A coffered ceiling with another chandelier soars above the island. High-end appliances include an 8-burner Thermador Professional gas stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and a farmhouse sink. The kitchen opens to a charming and artfully-landscaped walled courtyard garden, offering privacy and a spot for al fresco dining and entertaining. A fountain adds a delightful water feature.

On the second floor (traditionally the most sumptuous level of the home, used for entertaining), the original drawing room has been transformed into an elegant primary suite. The spacious bedroom is bright and light and is adorned with cypress paneling, detailed trim, a fireplace with Georgian Chippendale over mantle, and a ceiling medallion from which hangs an impressive chandelier. Walk out to a wrought iron Juliet balcony overlooking Tradd Street (named after the first English child born in colonial Charleston).

6 Tradd Street historic photo

Photo of 6 Tradd Street, colorized by the current owner, after the original in the collection of Historic Charleston Foundation. It shows the home in the 1930s, after the addition of the balcony, before moving the main entry door to the side of the house.

Adjacent to the bedroom is a sitting room which would also function beautifully as a home office. The luxurious primary bathroom includes a marble vanity and backsplash over dual sinks, walk-in closet, separate tub and steam shower, and laundry closet.

The third floor has 2 bedrooms, both with fireplaces, and a full bath. History buffs will appreciate the exposed interior earthquake bolts. The back bedroom offers a treetop view of St. Philip’s Church steeple and the iconic People’s Building.

The long history of 6 Tradd Street is summarized on a marker erected by the Preservation Society of Charleston, which often features it on their popular walking tours. It is also listed as notable in “This is Charleston, An Architectural Survey of a Unique American City.”  The ground floor was originally merchant space. After the Civil War, it became a school and church for African American children. In the early 20th century, preservationist Susan Pringle Frost personally rehabilitated the home. It is she who moved the main entrance from the street to the side and added the balcony.

Careful stewardship throughout the years has ensured 6 Tradd Street remains a true showplace in one of America’s (and the world’s) greatest cities. Be a part of Charleston’s past and future as the owner of this historic and beautiful home.


6 Tradd Street floor plan

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