Plans Announced for the Former Old Village Post House

Basic Kitchen team reveals plans for former Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant

Charleston area residents have grown inured to the openings of high-end hotels with signature restaurants, but Kate and Ben Towill are inverting the model by opening “a restaurant with rooms” on the site of the former Old Village Post House.

The Towills, best known locally for developing Basic Kitchen in downtown Charleston, plan to open The Post House Restaurant + Inn at 101 Pitt St. in the first half of 2020. In addition to seven rooms, the property will feature a dining room with an outdoor courtyard, private event space and street-front bar.

Ben Towill says the decision to relocate the bar from the back of the restaurant has unsettled some former Old Village Post House customers who were fond of the dimly-lit hideaway. But he’s assured them that his overarching aim is to move the historic building’s best features out of the shadows, and to better integrate the restaurant with its surrounding neighborhood.

“We’re trying to open it all up,” Towill says.

To that end, the Towills have already swapped out plain plate glass for greenhouse-style windows, and knocked out the ceiling which loomed over the one-time Captain’s Room. Currently, the building looks like a walled-in construction site.

“What started as just a refurbishing turned into a full renovation,” Towill admits.

When the project’s finished, Towill says, the restaurant and hotel components should flow together seamlessly. He compares the intended setup to old English pubs offering beds upstairs and hearty meals below. For example, he envisions hotel guests checking in at the main host stand and taking their breakfasts in the barroom, as opposed to the secluded second-floor nook where guests started their days during the Old Village Post House era.

Menus haven’t yet been worked out, but Towill imagines the restaurant will serve a fair amount of fresh seafood in a nod to nearby Shem Creek, as well as burgers and salads.

“Because of where we are, we’re super sensitive to price point,” he says.

Towill isn’t complaining. “We heard this was coming on the market, and it’s very rare that something like this comes up,” he says. Still, “I don’t know if I would have jumped on it if it had been downtown.”

Built in the 1880s, Old Village Post House in 1984 was redesigned as a restaurant and inn. Hall Management Group, which took over its ownership with the 2015 purchase of Maverick Southern Kitchens, sold it to local investors in February 2019.

Hanna Raskin
postandcourier

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Charleston-area Home Showings Drop for 11th Straight Month

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Interesting information from the Post and Courier, and while I must agree with the stats, I will say that working with a seasoned Realtor, who knows your market, is the key to going under contract quickly.  As an example, my most recent Old Village Listing 209 Greenwich Street, went under contract in 7 days. 

From Warren L. Wise, Post and Courier

While Charleston-area home sales are just slightly off last year’s pace through the first half of the year, home showings continue to lag.

For the 11th consecutive month, the number of people walking through doors to check out a house dipped across the Lowcountry in June.

The ShowingTime Showing Index for the Charleston region reported the number of doors being opened for prospective buyers dropped 6 percent in June. Showings have been down every month since last August and are off an average 9.4 percent over 12 months through June.

The good news is the negative showing rate has moderated in recent months from the double digits last fall and earlier this winter.

Sales are down for the year through July a scant 0.6 percent, but if more homes were available at price points people could afford, sales would be higher, according to Wil Riley of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.

“The rise in home prices is outpacing income growth,” he said. “In our region, the $53,000 median household income does not align with a median home price that’s climbing toward $300,000.”

Nationally, showings dipped 1.8 percent, and an official with the Showing Index said declines have moderated across much of the nation.

“Activity in the South and Midwest remains slightly slower than in 2018, though there is more buyer activity in the lower price quartiles of the market,” said ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy. “Pricier homes continue to see less traffic compared to the same time last year.”

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Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Real Estate Market Update

OLD VILLAGE/OLD MT. PLEASANT MARKET UPDATE:

The 2018 average sales price for single family homes in the Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant was $816,000 compared to 2013’s average of $570,000.  That represents an approximate 7.5% appreciation rate per year over the past 5 years! Amazing!

So what is expected for 2019?  Local experts forecast another solid year, as there are plenty of buyers and inventory is still low.  Interest rates will prove to be the “wild card” as rising rates will limit some buyers’ ability to purchase, potentially creating longer market times.  But for today, according to “The Morning Brew” the 30-year fixed mortgage rates hit a 4 month low, which is welcome news! Full steam ahead!

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Data obtained from the Charleston MLS, deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  The  2013 sales average did NOT include 101 Venning St., which closed for $5,000,000.