Aug 13, 2021 - Real Estate

Before and after: Colorless condo transformed into Fourth Ward’s chicest retreat

Photo: Dustin Peck, courtesy of Shane McDevitt

This Fourth Ward condo is a total jewelry box house: unassuming on the outside, an explosion of color and treasures on the inside.

It’s listed at $2.95M is one of 21 units in the exclusive Settlers Place building.

Julius Peppers lived here once, before the current owner worked her transformation magic, listing agent Shane McDevitt told me.

  • You can take a look at the old listing to see what it looked like when the current owner, who wants to remain private, bought it.
  • It was a good shape, with large walk-in closets and neutral finishes, but the current owner overhauled it and created a modern one-of-a-kind luxury condo.
229 N. Church St. #304 studio lounge area

The exact address is 229 N. Church St. #304 At 3,750 square feet, it has 3 beds and 3 baths.

Changes: The renovation took almost 18 months, from May 2019 until late October 2020. “It was quite literally a complete overhaul,” the owner said.

  • The ceilings, several walls, floors, laundry room, bathrooms and both entrances were pulled out and redone, and six custom steel and glass doors were added for impact and privacy.

Style: The condo features a blend of vintage and modern. Most light fixtures and every piece of furniture are heirloom pieces imported from Europe and date back to 1950-1970.

  • Art, rich colors, materials used and modern, funky silhouettes keep the space from feeling dated.

Favorite features: There are tons fo stand-out custom features throughout. For example the entire fireplace surround and columns in the living room are hand-forged copper, enveloped by hand-hewn walnut slats.

  • The custom copper hoods over the Wolf Range in the kitchen stand out against gold marble backspalash.
  • The USB ports and plugs match all of the door handles, which are covered in  black leather and chrome.

The current owner is an aspiring interior designer and is ready to move into her next home project, a 1950s ranch house with a large yard for her 3 French Bull Dogs. “This one is perfect and I am ready for someone to love it as much as I do,” she said.

  • Whoever decides to buy it will appreciate its “Mad Men” vibe, attention to detail and style that’s a departure from traditional Charlotte design.

Other highlights: Huge steam shower, multi-colored water vapor fireplace, new HVAC, water filtration system throughout, custom chevron white oak floors, soundproof windows, elevator, home gym, central Savant A/V system that controls blinds, lighting, security, TVs etc.

Listed by: Shane McDevitt at The McDevitt Agency

229 N. Church St. #304 piano
229 N. Church St. #304 kitchen 1
229 N. Church St. #304 kitchen 1
229 N. Church St. #304 fireplace
229 N. Church St. #304 living area
229 N. Church St. #304 doors


229 N. Church St. #304 liunge soda
229 N. Church St. #304 powder room

Photos: Dustin Peck, courtesy of Shane McDevitt

229 N. Church St. #304 bed
229 N. Church St. #304 bedroom nook
229 N. Church St. #304 shower
229 N. Church St. #304 vanity
229 N. Church St. #304 laundry room
229 N. Church St. #304 bedroom 1
229 N. Church St. #304 bedroom

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