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Base Commanders Quarters

Among the military auxiliary buildings that were established around Fort Moultrie, the Base Commander's Quarters at 1702 Ion Ave. is one of the most elaborate survivers of that period. The five-bedroom, 3.5 bath residence, with 7,344 sq. ft., was the home of Gen. George C. Marshall, chief of staff during WWII, who was appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to help the Army coordinate allied operations overseas. Other features of the residence include tin-printed ceilings, a renovated kitchen, private pool, multiple fireplaces, and a large wrap-around porch.

Though not quite the island's most expensive real estate transaction - that honor going to the $10.1 million sale of 2411 Atlantic Ave. in March 2023, the Commander's Quarters did change hands in March 2024 for $9 million. The sellers were Charles and Carolina Stockdale, who had owned the property since 2015.

Sources and more information:
Dr. Nicholas Butler, "Sullivan's Island: Property of the Crown and State," Charleston County Public Library Time Machine podcast, June 2, 2023 
Dr. Nicholas Butler, "Florence O'Sullivan: South Carolina's Irish Enigma," Charleston County Public Library Time Machine podcast, March 10, 2023