Festival of Houses & Gardens

Spent the second half of Friday afternoon on the Rutledge Avenue tour of the 63rd Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. Leigh at Historic Charleston was kind enough to invite me to experience first-hand some of the amazing restored properties on the peninsula. There were so many notable properties on the tour, best of which was a house on Montagu that has been painstakingly restored (the plaster-work on the ceilings alone took 2 1/2 years) and is currently on the market for a cool $13 million. The gardens looked like something out of a movie set. It’s a home that’s still very livable and modern, yet you can easily picture the house in its heyday because so much effort went into keeping it historically accurate as much as possible.

There are still a week’s worth of tours left on this year’s schedule – be sure to go online and get a ticket before they’re all gone.