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Historic house up for sale

“The Pink House”, a little piece of Bermuda that has stood for 300 years in the city of Charleston, South Carolina, is up for sale.

The historic building at 17 Chalmers Street is the second oldest masonry building in the United States, according to Dan Mengedoht, who represents buyers for the property.

“It's in the oldest part of the city, known as the French Quarter, on a very old street that's one of the last cobblestone streets left in Charleston,” Mr Mengedoht said of the bright pink residence, listed for $899,000.

“It has the original roof, which is beautiful old Spanish tile, half the charm of the building.”

Charleston's links with Bermuda go back far: settlers from Bermuda established it, and local stone made its way there as ship's ballast.

The Pink House is believed to have been built between 1694 and 1712. The three-floor building was a tavern in the middle of the eighteenth century, rumoured to include a brothel on the top floor, and later converted into a home with an art gallery.

Bermuda stone made its way to Charleston via the salt trade in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the city's other structures built from locally quarried limestone include a seawall.

It has also gone into the pathways and the foundations of historic buildings in the city — which has a street called Bermuda Stone Road.

The ‘Pink House' in Charleston, South Carolina

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Published February 28, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 28, 2017 at 12:30 am)

Historic house up for sale

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