Ansonborough is located on the Cooper River side of lower Charleston and made up of the land between King, Calhoun, Meeting, and East Bay Street. This charming neighborhood was conceived in 1696 as the "First Suburb," of the original walled city of Charles Towne. It came to be known by its current name for colonial naval officer George Anson, future First Lord of the Admiralty, who was said to have won rights to the property in a card game with a wealthy local merchant .
Renowned for historic architectural elegance amid an atmosphere of cozy serenity, Ansonborough is among the most delightful and sought-after addresses on the Charleston peninsula. Quiet, shaded streets feature a range of stately properties built during the city’s economic and cultural heyday in 18th and 19th centuries, including Charleston’s oldest private home, the Col. William Rhett house, which dates to 1712. Homes with grand columns and piazzas, grand pediments and cornices, intricate wrought iron and garden courtyards, as well as massive live oaks and cobblestones are treasures found at every turn in an area within a few blocks of the bustling city market and shopping district.
Neighborhood highlights include a mere five- to ten-minute walk to King Street shopping, the Charleston Gaillard Center, restaurants, historic attractions, and beautiful neighborhood parks featuring historic buildings and gardens.
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