Ansonborough is defined as the several city blocks situated between King and East Bay Street, and George and Pinckney Streets. It is located just North of the historic market and Customs House. The neighborhood was conceived in 1696 as the first suburb of the original walled city of Charles Towne. Years later there was a devastating fire that claimed a majority of Ansonborough, but spared the Rhett House. This is the oldest private home in Charleston, and dates back to 1712. Following the fire, the neighborhood was rebuilt to reflect much of what visitors see today.
In 1959 the Historic Charleston Foundation began a rehabilitation program because the Ansonborough neighborhood had fallen into slum condition. The foundation acquired and restored over 100 homes and became a national example of outstanding rehabilitation. Since then Ansonborough has become one of the most sought after addresses on the Charleston Peninsula. The unique mix of urban pied-a-terres and large single family homes in this desirable area allows for diverse living quarters in the heart of the city while maintaining a distinctly residential feel.
Not only is this area a beautiful gem of Charleston architecture and historic preservation, it is well located within walking distance of all the shopping of Downtown and the main supermarket on the Peninsula. The quiet shaded streets of Ansonborough provide intricate wrought iron gates, courtyards, hidden alleys, and gardens found at every turn. In addition to historic homes, Ansonborough boasts many stunning new construction condominium projects, several with water views, for those who wish to benefit from the pedestrian convenience of the area without the burden of grounds and maintenance. Today it retains a distinctive look and feel of old Charleston, and is a quiet neighborhood oasis located in the heart of of the bustling city.