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Main Street Living

Historic Living in Columbia, SC

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Main Street Living

Explore our historic collection of apartment homes.

Main Street Living is your path to urban apartment living, in downtown Columbia, SC. Located on Main Street, our apartments are an easy walk or ride to dining, shopping, nightlife and much more! Our residents enjoy free membership to the Main Street 24/7 Health & Fitness Center. All our units are equipped with restricted entry systems to insure the privacy of our residents.

Main Street Living is a collection of four distinct, historic buildings. Each has its own historic tale and more character than an average apartment community. The buildings share an unbeatable location where your everyday needs are fulfilled and there is more to discover in your Main Street District neighborhood.

Our Collection:

The Kress Building - The Kress building, located at 1502 Main Street, is a nationally registered historic building. With a beautifully landscaped outdoor community space and dramatic tall windows, these units are within easy walking distance to Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, Columbia Museum of Art, and Soda City Market (on Saturdays). The S.H. Kress & Co. 5-10-25 Cent Store is a Columbia landmark and stands as the best example of Art Deco architecture in the city.

Berry's on Main - In 1940 Joe B. Berry founded the department store Berry’s On Main. The department store was described as one of the largest women’s clothing stores in the state, with its slogan “If it’s new, it’s at Berry’s On Main.” Now the building houses beautiful residential units with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, and high ceilings. With tons of character, and walkable to nearly everything, Berry’s apartments feature huge closets, dramatic tall windows, and a dishwasher in every unit.

The Barringer Building - Now known as the Barringer Building, this twelve-story structure on the corner of Main Street once towered over downtown as the first skyscraper built in Columbia. Barringer apartments offer unparalleled views of the Capitol and the downtown area, as well as open loft designs and huge, bright windows. Walkable to a number of restaurants, shops, and more. Experience affordable downtown living at the Barringer Building!

Tapp's - The former Tapp’s Dept. Store is a dominant figure at 1644 Main Street, standing as the only example of “Depression Modern” architecture on the street. Now home to sleek, modern residential units, the Main Street Lofts are within walking distance to much of downtown and feature concrete floors and aluminum accents. All units include spacious floor plans with large closets, dishwashers, and washer/dryers, in addition to the other amenities provided for all Main Street Living residents.

Historic Downtown Living

Our greatest feature is our location. The Main Street District is just outside your front door. The best shopping, dining, and cultural experiences that Columbia has to offer, are within a few blocks. We also offer a free membership to 24/7 Health and Fitness Center. Parking facilities are located adjacent to each building to assure good parking whenever you need it. Our apartment homes are of the rare sort that only historic construction and renovation can provide. There is a great variety of charm and unique features that must be seen to appreciate. By choosing an available unit, in the floor plans section below, you will discover the unique features that are available in that specific home.

We dare you to compare our Walk Scores with common Columbia apartment communities (links in the names below):

** Kress Walk Score **

 Berry's Walk Score **

 Barringer Walk Score **

 Tapp's Walk Score **

Community Features

  • Dramatic, High Ceiling Lobby at Barringer & Kress
  • Restricted Entry System
  • On-site Maintenance
  • Smoke Free Community
  • Historic Marble Floors in Hallways at Barringer
  • On-site Management

Apartment Features

  • Granite Countertops*
  • Stackable Washer/Dryer in Unit*
  • Full Size Washer/Dryer in Unit*
  • 10'-13' Tall Windows*
  • Walk-in Closet*
  • Dishwasher*
  • Exposed Brick Accent Walls*
  • Hardwood Floors*
  • High Ceilings*
  • Large Closets*
  • Elevator Access*
  • Open Loft Floor Plan*
  • Amazing City Views*
  • Industrial Concrete Floors*
  • Modern Aluminum Accents*
  • Pet Policy Type: Cat, Dogs
  • Pet Monthly Rent Min/Max: $15 - $30
  • Pet Policy: We welcome 2 pets per apartment. There is a $300 non-refundable pet fee per pet and a $15 pet rent per month. Aggressive breeds are prohibited. Exotic, poisonous, and aggressive breeds are prohibited. Aquariums are allowed on the 1st floor only (20 gallon maximum).
  • Pet Rent Basis: Per Pet
  • Max Number of Pets: 2
  • Pet Policy Fee Max: $300
  • Parking Comment: Please call us for complete Parking information.

Studio, 1, 2, & 3 Bedroom Homes with Character

Each of our Main Street Living locations offer something unique. Explore the variety of floor plans offered at each. These buildings were not originally apartment homes, so each apartment has slight variations that make almost every unit unique. While the floor plan images provide an approximation of the layout and size, there are differences that can only be appreciated in person. Please contact us for a tour today!

Due to unique construction variations in these renovated historical units, we suggest you view the floor plan images to see the layout of your desired unit.

Available Floor plans meet your search criteria

Kress: Studio

Beds: S, Baths: 1, SQFT: 384 - 594

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Berry`s: Studio

Beds: S, Baths: 1, SQFT: 503 - 545

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Barringer: Studio

Beds: S, Baths: 1, SQFT: 480

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Barringer: 1 Bedroom

Beds: 1, Baths: 1, SQFT: 480 - 655

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Berry`s: 1 Bedroom

Beds: 1, Baths: 1, SQFT: 485 - 499

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Kress: 1 Bedroom

Beds: 1, Baths: 1, SQFT: 732 - 1,267

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Tapps: 1 Bedroom

Beds: 1, Baths: 1, SQFT: 760 - 1,030

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Kress: 2 Bedroom

Beds: 2, Baths: 1, SQFT: 740

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Tapp`s: 2 Bedroom

Beds: 2, Baths: 1, SQFT: 1,290

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Berry`s: 2 Bedroom

Beds: 2, Baths: 1, SQFT: 944 - 1,132

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Barringer: 2 Bedroom

Beds: 2, Baths: 2, SQFT: 1,001 - 1,128

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Berry`s: 3 Bedroom

Beds: 3, Baths: 3, SQFT: 1,450

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Floor plans are artist’s rendering. All dimensions (if present) are approximate. Actual product and specifications may vary in dimension or detail. Not all features are available in every apartment. Prices and availability are subject to change. Rental rate does not include utilities, trash, pest control, washer/dryer, pet, etc., which may be separately charged. Please see a representative for details.

Renderings are intended only as a general reference. Features, materials, Finishes and layout of units may be differemt that show, For more details , inquire ask a leasing representative about specific apartment features.
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Main Street District

Your new home is just steps from downtown businesses, educational facilities, places of worship, libraries, museums, historic and cultural points of interest, parks and recreation, shopping, fine dining and nightlife. Search the neighborhood to find your own points of interest.

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  • Tuesday: 9:00AM to 6:00PM
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Main Street Living
1604 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201