When Stephanie Carnohan was looking to move to a new home with fewer hassles from her house in Wales Garden, she turned her eye to TownPark, the first residential development at BullStreet, on the former campus of the S.C. State Hospital.
A nurse anesthetist with Palmetto Health, she liked the location near Palmetto Health Richland, the proximity to downtown and the fact that it was new. So she became a pioneer of sorts, the first resident of the first new residential development at the sprawling 181-acre campus.
“I was looking for a place downtown with low maintenance, two to three bedrooms, a good location and a garage,” she said. “This seemed to check all the boxes.”
Carnohan’s three bedroom townhouse is one of five that are now built on the campus, with another 23 underway. They are located near the intersection of Calhoun and Barnwell streets, just inside the campus’ historic brick wall and only a block and a half from Spirit Communications Park, home of the Class A Columbia Fireflies minor league baseball team.
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An open house for the units will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday by The Moore Co., which is marketing the homes for Greenville-based developers The Terranova Group.
The three-bedroom units are three stories tall with a rooftop loft and deck that can be used as an office or fourth bedroom. Five have been built so far, with another 19 scheduled. There will also be nine two-story, two-bedroom units, which will feature rooftop lofts and a garage.
But the units don’t come cheap. The three-bedroom townhouses begin in the mid-$400,000s, with units with the highest level of amenities (an elevator, for instance) topping out at about a half-million dollars.
The units feature:
• High ceilings
• Hardwood floors
• Stone counter tops
• Open floor plan
• Private rooftop terrace
• 2-car garage
• 3.5 baths
So who is the market for these high-priced units?
“There’s been a lot of interest from people who want to downsize,” said Graeme Moore, of The Moore Co. “There have also been people in the political sphere with the State House nearby. And lots of interest from people in the medical field with the hospital being so close by. It’s been a good blend of people.”
Carnohan had visitors earlier this month, and she said the BullStreet experience was not only a good one, it was all within walking distance.
“We took our dogs to the park (now being built through the central part of the campus), had dinner at Bone-In Barbeque and went to a baseball game,” she said. “Then we came back and watched the fireworks from our back balcony.”
As for living just a few yards from a former insane asylum?
“I love the architecture, and it’s going to be redeveloped soon,” she said. ”Being from Charleston, I like old buildings and old oaks, and there are lots of those here.”
TownPark isn’t the only residential development on tap for BullStreet.
Construction is presently underway on Merrill Gardens, a 197-unit active senior living development being built across the street from Spirit Communications Park.
Also, the Babcock Building with its distinctive red cupola is scheduled to be converted into apartments.
Having the first residents on the campus is a major milestone for BullStreet, said Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corp., of Greenville, the master developer for the campus.
“There is an old adage in our business that rooftops bring retail,” he said. “There are rooftops all around BullStreet now. But this a major step forward in our plans. It validates what we are doing and the progress that we are making.”