Sometimes, when we bring a new property into our portfolio of luxury vacation homes, the owner has already given their vacation home a name - and that's great! But on some occasions, we need to come up with a name for the house on our own and, more often than not, the house or the setting is so distinctive - it practically names itself! That is the case for our newest listing, located in downtown Charleston's historic Harleston Village neighborhood. Set on the corner of Bull Street and Rutledge Avenue is a grand historic home built by an undocumented builder in the early 1840s. A man by the name of Count Eugene Joseph Huchet, a cotton trader and French immigrant purportedly descended from European nobility, purchased the house in 1857 to be the home for his family. Today, the Hutchet House is now home to six private luxury units after it was divided into condos in the early 1980s when the house was renovated.
Given a lack of documentation, tradition reveals that Huchet lost his fortune in one day’s worth of Cotton trade. After his death, the house was left to his three daughters. The Huchet House remained the family’s home until the death of Huchet’s daughter, Naomi Elizabeth Huchet, in 1931 who claimed to be “the only countess living in South Carolina.” Naomi bequeathed the house as a home for elderly women in the early 1940s, which it remained for nearly half a century.
This original three-story wood structure built on a brick basement in the Federal Adamesque style once featured a front piazza with Doric columns on the first level and ionic on the second which was original to the house. The house features stucco and clapboard siding, a grand entry, exterior dentilated molding on pediments and is setback from the street, all giving the property a much sought after look.
Today, each newly renovated condo boasts high ceilings, generous natural light, beautiful exposed brick features and original hardwood floors. With exquisitely furnished spaces, off street parking, central air, and fresh designer additions, today the Huchet House stands tall in its place and showcases the significant architectural history of this centrally located historic Charleston SC area.
Naming this historic vacation getaway "The Cotton House" just seemed liked a fitting tribute to the cotton-trading Frenchman that raised his family here. Guests are sure the enjoy the experience of true, historic southern charm and convenient Charleston "walk everywhere" living at its best.
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