c. 1890 – Chester, SC

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Added to OHD on 3/15/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   20 Comments

128 Pinckney St, Chester, SC 29706

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  • $59,900
  • Foreclosure
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4760 Sq Ft
  • 1.22 Ac.
MOTIVATED SELLER! Once upon a time, this home was incredibly grand with a beautiful 1.22 acre landscaped yard. Sadly, now this home is a bank-owned foreclosure and is in need of repair. SC historic archives indicates the home was built in 1890. This two-story Georgian-style Charleston single house, commonly known as The Bell House, was built with imported materials from Charleston (SC). It also was once used as a hospital. First floor 12' ceilings. Second floor 11' ceilings. There is no existing HVAC for this 3900 SF home. It appears the first floor was heated by natural gas fireplaces and the 2nd floor has ductwork for central heat and air. All rooms are large. Eight fireplaces. Lots of historic character. The owner is extremely motivated to sell this property in AS-IS condition. Don't be shy, envision the possibilities and bring a good faith cash offer.
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Liz Odum, Liz Odum Realty
(803) 789-3986
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20 Comments on c. 1890 – Chester, SC

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  1. DJZ says: 197 comments

    My goodness! If I could relocate to SC, I would buy this house. There is definitely some work that needs to be done, but whoever owned it prior did a good job maintaining the original layout. This house is an ideal house of my dreams. Im in love with the staircase, just wish I would’ve seen what the pocket doors looked like closed.

  2. Tess says: 294 comments

    I am not a fan of flipping. However in this case it would be worth buying. Put in minimal amount of work and resell. It is worth way more than selling price

    • Bigrog says: 156 comments

      If I was only younger, this would be mine. I’d love to rehab this home as my own residence. Bargin price and someone will get good deal.

  3. MJGMJG says: 2725 comments
    OHD Supporter


    wow a servants bell crank. Wonder if there are anymore in the house.
    (why they took a picture of the thermostat)

    • LadyBelle says: 61 comments

      I think to try and show that it has been upgraded since 1890

    • CLMCLM says: 113 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1940 Cottage
      Bradford, TN

      Probably to indicate that it had a central unit maybe. In the south, having one already installed is a pretty good selling point. I live in TN and wouldn’t consider buying a place if I had to put in central-unless it was absolutely spectacular otherwise. It’s probably the same in SC. I would rather spend it on a new roof, because around here (in tornado alley) they all seem to need one. 😀

  4. CandiCandi says: 69 comments
    Richwood, OH

    That is a lot of house for the price, plus over an acre of land? Even in this condition, not knowing the area at all, that seems like a great buy for someone, especially if they are handy. Fingers crossed someone that loves old houses scoops it up and shows it some love and not someone that is just gonna make it look like every other updated house.

  5. Lela Moffatt says: 2 comments

    This house is way older that 1890. The newel post is more like 1840-1860.

  6. CharlestonJohn says: 1111 comments

    According to the records I have, this house was built for Isabell A. Bell a short time after she purchased the lot in 1885. Mrs. Bell was from Charleston, which explains the Charleston Single House plan and siting. Some construction details seem at least a decade or more earlier, and the house across the street reportedly dates to c.1860.

    • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 374 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1850 Italianate, classical
      New Haven, CT

      The introductory paragraph says the builder brought all the materials from Charleston. It doesn’t say they were new, however. So, I wonder if Mrs. Bell and builder used some old materials, possibly obtained from fire-damaged or houses damaged and demolished for whatever reasons, and this is why some of the materials are clearly pre-1885. An early example of re-cycling old but still service-able materials… and particularly if money was an issue…

  7. Eric says: 377 comments

    This would be a fun restoration project for a blue light special price. Big house in great condition.

  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12624 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    And now, pending sale! 🙂

  9. Ju ju Bee says: 40 comments

    Oh wow!!! This how just needs a little love & tlc it has amazing details and oh what a lovely home it could be. I agree with one of the above comments not normally into some one flipping however…to make it more desirable for someone who couldn’t par take of the task. I am in agreement. Let’s hope it can have a make over paint wall paper, refinished floors & sold to a family who would cherish it!

  10. Anne Hamilton says: 201 comments

    Oh I hope, hope, hope somebody who knows what they are doing is the purchaser! This is a lovely old home in basically original state, except the kitchen, but that is to be expected. The porch needs shoring up, and who knows if those pocket doors can actually close! Depends,on the amount of fofndation issues and settleing I guess. I just pray a preservationist is purchasing it.

  11. Ken says: 5 comments

    Wow this house reeks of that real estate no-no p word – potential!

  12. Woeisme says: 174 comments

    Love the wide stairs and large rooms. If possible, I would rotate the house 90 degrees and put it further back from the street. Then it would show its best side.

    • CharlestonJohn says: 1111 comments

      The house was designed specifically to have the narrow side facing the street. Mrs. Bell brought this idea from Charleston where it was, and continues to be, the way most houses are sited on the peninsula. Charleston tour guides and carriage drivers tell their guests that this was due to colonial taxation policy that determined a homes value by the width of the house. This was never the case. Charleston was originally a walled city, and narrow houses allowed more homes on each street. The primary reason this arrangement continued was due to the two story porches, called piazzas, that are common on most all single houses. The “sideways” siting allowed for the long piazzas that ran the length of the house and allowed the prevailing winds to best flow through both inside the houses and along the piazzas in the long hot and humid Charleston summers. The piazzas and yards were always on the south or west side with the north or east of the houses basically devoid of windows. This configuration gave rise to the phrase “north side manners” which means keeping you nose out of others’ business since looking out of your north side windows into your neighbor’s yard and piazza was considered rude.


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