THE RHETT HOUSE c. 1882. There is no better description of 205 Sumter Avenue than that of the Founder of the Preservation Society, renowned historian Beth McIntosh: ”The sweeping oaks, many azaleas and shrubs lining a circular drive, set the tall white house in a frame of green, giving it the special ‘Summerville look’ and feel; a combination of hospitality and privacy, of country space in city living.” On Summerville’s most beautiful street, 205 Sumter stands three blocks from the town square with restaurants, parks, tennis courts, walking trails, library, gym, shops, new arts center, salons, theatre, neighborhood wine shop and more. This is a true walk-everywhere location, as it was when it was built by Dr. Benjamin Rhett and his wife Julia Parker Rhett. (History in documents.)A Victorian era house, it is more in the style of the earlier Charleston single with double piazzas, two full stories of height, and a formal courtyard garden entry at Sumter street. It is, however, the stunning circular drive approach to the property with an expansive croquet lawn and magnificent live oaks that evokes a fabulous ‘country retreat’ feel. The setting is spectacular! The traditional architecture of the exterior continues inside with main rooms, including bedrooms, elegantly scaled at 21′ x 17′ with 11 foot ceilings. Historic character abound with heart pine floors, 5 fireplaces, wainscoting, French doors, high ceilings, six-over-six and nine-over-nine windows and interior paneled shutters. Designed to blend seamlessly with the original features is a new kitchen with custom cabinetry, open shelves, abundant drawers, a banquette with additional storage and a large walk-in pantry. Each bedroom has a bath. There are multiple walk-in closets. Two grand bedrooms open to the very private second-floor piazza. The best surprise is the delightful third floor. With painted floors, interior windows for cross ventilation, window seat, dormer windows, this two room suite with a bathroom is a perfect office, playroom, or bedroom. A recent addition is a charming detached two-car garage with a climate controlled 12′ x 22′ workshop. For over 130 years this house has been meticulously cared for by a distinguished handful of preservationist owners. Rare opportunity to live on the prestigious Sumter Avenue! Historic District is on the National Register. No interior or exterior easements on the property. Included in documents: AZALEA Magazine article, floorplan sketch, and history.
Updated on February 17, 2021 at 5:26 pm