The Charleston Front Porch Joggle Board
Charleston front porches are an iconic feature of the low country. A meeting place for friends and neighbors. So what’s with the side front porch seen up and down the beautiful historic streets of Charleston with a “front door” that leads to a porch and then to the real front door? Facing west or south a tunnel effect enhances a breeze coming off the Charleston waterfront. Strolling the streets of Charleston the side porch is a staple feature. Imagining romantic trysts behind that first closed door where the inside is brought outside. A big comfy couch made of wicker, a table set always with real china, (this is not a picnic) this is elegant living. The long porch may have a low country joggle board with children bouncing in the shade moving the stagnant air around them on a windless day. If the door to the porch is left open then it is an invitation to come up and commune with your neighbor. Ice tea and tea cakes on the table to share. The ceiling painted in Haint blue. A Gullah tradition that protects the house from evil spirits. Charleston green louvered shutters over hanging the porch for privacy, shade from the sun and protection from storms. Charleston would not be the city it is without this undeniable beautiful low country architecture that draws visitors from all over the world.
For more practical reasons the long side porch and the narrow but deep set back house meant that less house met the street front. Some say this style became popular when Charleston began taxing properties by how much of the house front met the street front. Thus the deep set back of the house with a side porch instead of a front wide porch meant less money a homeowner had to pay to Uncle Sam. The romantic aspects, beauty and enhanced wind breezes are just an added benefit. As this particular type of property tax changed the Charleston side porch gave way to wide two story porches and piazza’s. With the addition of air conditioning and more indoor living, porches were not as necessary to cool the home and disappeared to an extent in many low country homes. As Charleston and the surrounding low country is at its peak of growing the iconic look of a low country home is what is in demand. The welcoming tradition is come alive again all over the Low Country. Builders are embracing long side porches, big wide porches, Charleston green shutters and inviting outdoor sitting areas throughout the “New” southern tradition.
If you dream of lounging on a bed swing sipping an iced tea (long island ice tea is welcome too) and embracing hospitality, the kind the low country is known for then you are in luck, neighborhoods are popping up all over the low country with historic Charleston in mind. In Mount Pleasant neighborhoods like Oyster Point, Scotts Creek, Riverside in Dunes West, Carolina Park and so many others are bringing back the low country feel. Porches set close to the side walk to encourage neighbors to meet and become new friends. The low country welcomes you and I am here to help you find that perfect Charleston front porch!!
So what is your favorite Low Country front porch style? Please comment below!! If you are looking for the perfect Charleston front porch please contact me and I will help you with all your real estate needs!! Wendy Roper, Agent Owned Realty - 843 9723271 - Wendy.email@example.com.