New three-tier townhomes with rooftop decks kick off development at Ashley Square in uptown Charleston – Charleston Post Courier

Combining early 20th century house restoration and just-built townhomes, Ashley Square at 400-402 Sumter St. exemplifies the mix of residential uses for infill properties in Charleston’s upper peninsula.

“We’ve kind of watched the neighborhood change over the past couple of years,” says Danner Benfield, agent with John Poston & Co., which is marketing Ashley Square.

“Young people are riding to MUSC on bikes,” he says, adding that the village isn’t far from the mammoth WestEdge retail, office and apartment project underway at the Crosstown, Lockwood Drive, Hagood and Fishburne streets.

“We’ve got showings this weekend and certificates of occupancy certainly within 30 days,” he says. The three townhomes include rooftop decks and underneath garages with driveways. Kitchens and baths showcase granite counters, floors are of engineered hardwood materials and bedrooms include elongated closet space and large windows for checking out  area views. Third-floor decks serve up sights of the Westside neighborhood and Hampton Park area, and spiral staircases lead to the gathering places on top that offer some of the highest viewing areas in the neighborhood. The townhomes are priced at $590,000 for the middle unit and $605,000 apiece for the two end units.

The 1,820-square-foot residences, which showcase three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, went up for sale on the Charleston area Multiple Listing Service last weekend, Benfield says.

John Poston and Co. held a morning and early afternoon open house April 22.

Ashley Square is the brainchild of Thomas Lauderdale, a developer, home remodeler and former baseball player at the College of Charleston who heads Advanced Kitchen Designs of Charleston cabinet business. He crafted the complex of three townhomes, an existing 1,900-square-foot two-story home and an established 650-square-foot ranch at 400 Sumter St., near the intersection with Ashley Avenue. The two homes, both unoccupied, require extensive renovations and won’t be available for sale until late this year or into 2018.

“We think this use is as good as it gets,” Benfield says.

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