Charleston’s most luxurious, two-floor penthouse is available for sale

May 5, 2023

Charleston’s most luxurious, two-floor penthouse is available for sale

Charleston’s most luxurious penthouse, which encompasses the entire top two floors of the People’s Building, is for sale for $14.5M. REALTOR® Bonnie Geer with William Means Real Estate is representing the sellers.

The property’s 2005 residential renovation was the vision of New York designers, Monique Gibson and Andrew O’Neal, and boasts more than 8,000 sq. ft. of living space over two floors. The outdoor living and entertainment space on the rooftop was designed by landscape architect, Sheila Wertimer and offers an additional 3,500 sq. ft. with panoramic sunrise and sunset views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter.

Built c.1911, the iconic People’s Building at 18 Broad Street is eight stories high and was considered Charleston’s first skyscraper. The building was conceived by Mayor R. Goodwynn Rhett and at the time, its effect on the city’s original skyline was a hot button debate. President William Howard Taft, who viewed the city from the top of the building upon completion, said, “I don’t believe that it did ruin the skyline, but if it did, the view from up here makes it worth it.”

“This premier address with luxury finishes and historic details offers unparalleled views of Charleston’s Harbor and the entire historic district. The location at the corner of Broad and State Streets is unlike any other,” said Geer. “It is steps away from Charleston’s world-renowned culinary scene as well as museums, art galleries and waterfront parks.”

The penthouse was built for entertaining, whether enjoying a small family gathering or hosting a gala for 200 guests. The placement of each room was intentional and preserves the building’s more than 50 arched windows in the design, allowing each room to have its own special view of the city. No expense was spared in the details with precision millwork, masonry and stonework throughout. The chef’s kitchen includes large dual marble islands and top-of-the-line appliances. A 1,500 sq. ft. primary suite is in a separate wing on the eastern side of the penthouse. It is complete with a spa-like marble bath with steam shower, a large dressing room and closet, study with a fireplace, wet bar and even a dog washing room. The second-floor features two additional guest suites, a full kitchen, den and a billiard room. Additional highlights include a private elevator entrance, two Sub-Zero 132 bottle wine chillers, three gated parking spaces and 24/7 surveillance.

As one of the oldest real estate companies in Charleston and an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, William Means Real Estate has sold more than $110 million so far this year. In addition to its top ranking in Mount Pleasant so far this year, the firm ranked as the No. 1 company in downtown Charleston and South of Broad during the first quarter.

Learn more about William Means Real Estate or call 843-577-6651. Statistics provided by CTARMLS 1/1/23-5/3/23 and associated sales.

About William Means Real Estate

Founded in 1933, William Means Real Estate is one of Charleston’s oldest real estate companies and an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Christie’s International Real Estate is the world’s leading expert on high-end real estate with a network of 900 offices in 50 countries and territories worldwide. Lyles Geer was named President and Broker-in-Charge in 2021 after his mother, Helen Geer, spent more than 20 years leading the company. The firm has continued to evolve with the latest innovations to remain at the forefront of the area’s real estate market. William Means Real Estate has an office on Broad Street in downtown Charleston and another in Mount Pleasant to assist clients in the East Cooper area. For more information, visit