Pre-revolutionary downtown Charleston property closes at $8.6M

March 1, 2023

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The Anne Boone House, located at 47 East Bay Street, has sold for $8.6 Million. This is the highest sale on the downtown peninsula so far this year. Helen Geer of William Means Real Estate, one of the most established firms in Charleston, represented the sellers.

“The Anne Boone House is one of the finest homes in historic Charleston,” said Geer. “From the impressive grounds, meticulous renovation, and stunning design, 47 East Bay offered a rare opportunity to own a piece of South of Broad history. It was a true privilege to represent my clients in the sale of this property.”

The pre-Revolutionary property encompasses more than 7,000 square feet and 0.26-acre. It was masterfully renovated by a prestigious team of Charleston preservation experts and features beautiful grounds created by renowned landscape architect, Glen Gardner. The lush garden, heated pool, piazzas, and multiple seating areas are just a few of the outdoor highlights.

This Georgian-style, five-bedroom house is one of the oldest surviving examples of the Charleston single house. The north wall of the house includes original stucco and arched staircase windows that survived almost intact from its original construction. The interior of the house features custom painted floors and Venetian plaster walls by artist Stephanie Poe. The ceiling medallions were inspired by Drayton Hall and are a reminder of the home’s vast history.

The property offers a link with one of the lesser-known facets of early Charleston history. According to Historic Charleston Foundation, Anne Boone was the daughter of the landgrave Daniel Axtell, son of a Puritan leader who helped execute King Charles I. Her husband Joseph, also a Puritan or Dissenter, figured prominently in many of the political struggles with the rising Anglican leadership in the late-17th and early-18th centuries.

“For 90 years, William Means has been the premier firm to represent historic homes in Charleston,” said Lyles Geer, President and Broker-in-Charge of William Means Real Estate. “It is a true testament to our agents and our company that we are entrusted with the sale and purchase of these one-of-a-kind properties.”

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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