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Historical Homes For Sale Charleston SCLet’s face it, most people come to Charleston SC for the history and knowing they are walking the same streets as signers of our constitution as well as Civil War generals. That’s just part of the many reasons Charleston has been voted best city in United States so many times. Many of the old historic houses in the downtown Charleston area have been owned or lived in my some of the more famous American dignitaries that once called Charleston SC home. Owning historical property in downtown Charleston SC can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. Before buying a home in downtown Charleston SC there are some things one should consider. Unlike most cities, Charleston takes great pride as do the city’s officials go to painstaking effort to preserve the beauty and historical splendor that so many come to enjoy every year. With that said it’s understandable that it isn’t very simple process to do work, Historic Homes Charleston SCrenovation, additions to your property in downtown. All work must be permitted through the BAR (architectural review board) or you could face serious fine AND be forced to change whatever you did back to what it was. Even down to the paint colors. It’s highly recommended that you find a contractor specializing in historical renovations as they are familiar with the rules, permitting process, regulations, and code necessary for doing construction work downtown.

The Board of Architectural review or “BAR” takes their job very seriously and as they should, The BAR was established in 1931 with the creation of the first preservation ordinance in the United States. Our rich history is why Charleston has been voted 5 years in a row the United States #1 tourist city and top 10 in the world by the readers of Conde Naste traveler magazine. 

As stated in the City of downtown Charleston Zoning Ordinance, the purpose of the board is “the preservation and protection of the old historic or architecturally worthy structures and quaint neighborhoods which impart a distinct aspect to the city and which serve as visible reminders of the historical and cultural heritage of the city, the state, and the nation.”

If you wish to take on the task of doing substantial work to your “new” old house in Downtown Charleston SC then it’s worth knowing what’s at stake. For those owners and contractors they hire who do an amazing job it’s possible you could receive the coveted Carolopolis award from the Charleston Preservation Society. The society was formed in 1953 and was created to “recognize outstanding achievement in exterior preservation, restoration and rehabilitation”. After completing your renovation the home owner or contractor can submit a form to the board for review to be considered for the award.

According to Wikipedia here are 184 properties and districts listed on the National Register in Charleston County. This is the federal governments list of sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.  the National Trust for Historic Preservation, coordinate, identify, and protect historic sites in the United States. While National Register listings are mostly symbolic, their recognition of significance provides some financial incentive to owners of listed properties. Protection of the property is not guaranteed. During the nomination process, the property is evaluated in terms of the four criteria for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

There are many historically significant streets in the downtown area that almost always have homes for sale on MLS:

 

Tradd StS. BatteryEast BayCouncil St – Church St  – Meeting St

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10 State, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 2728 Sqft
Affordable flood insurance located in a desirable flood zone! Check tax record for verification. This Handsome early nineteenth century masonry building is zoned limited business but could easily...
Affordable flood insurance located in a desirable flood zone! Check tax record for verification. This Handsome early nineteenth century masonry building is zoned limited business but could easily...
$ 2,050,000
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24 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

6 Beds 6 Baths 5228 Sqft
Handsome circa 1840, three-story brick premier home in Ansonborough with large walled garden, pool, and separate pool house. Currently used as a three bedroom, three and one-half bath residence...
Handsome circa 1840, three-story brick premier home in Ansonborough with large walled garden, pool, and separate pool house. Currently used as a three bedroom, three and one-half bath residence...
$ 2,800,000
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54 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

6 Beds 5 Baths 8705 Sqft
Distinguishing Characteristics: 1) National Register - National Register of Historic Places - Considered one of the "Charleston Seven". 2) Built c 1712 - Considered the oldest dwelling in...
Distinguishing Characteristics: 1) National Register - National Register of Historic Places - Considered one of the "Charleston Seven". 2) Built c 1712 - Considered the oldest dwelling in...
$ 4,400,000

71 Anson, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 5 Baths 6919 Sqft
Exceptionally rare, historically significant, impeccably maintained, the Thomas Doughty estate is situated on over .3 acres in the heart of Charleston's most desirable downtown area- Ansonborough....
Exceptionally rare, historically significant, impeccably maintained, the Thomas Doughty estate is situated on over .3 acres in the heart of Charleston's most desirable downtown area- Ansonborough....
$ 5,500,000
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17 Chalmers, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 1017 Sqft
Circa 1688. Known as the Charleston Pink House, this historic home is America's second oldest masonry residence and Charleston's oldest residence. This perfectly placed pied-a-terre sits on one of...
Circa 1688. Known as the Charleston Pink House, this historic home is America's second oldest masonry residence and Charleston's oldest residence. This perfectly placed pied-a-terre sits on one of...
$ 899,000

218 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 3 Baths 3500 Sqft
Incredible opportunity to own a piece of Charleston's history right on the Harbor! Built in 1839, this classic Charleston single features TWO 84' long Piazza porches facing Lockwood Drive and the...
Incredible opportunity to own a piece of Charleston's history right on the Harbor! Built in 1839, this classic Charleston single features TWO 84' long Piazza porches facing Lockwood Drive and the...
$ 1,150,000

23&23 1/2 Lamboll, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 3 Baths 5060 Sqft
Located South of Broad, just off Legare Street on secluded, yet central, Lamboll Street. Probably one of the most desirable locations in the city. This house has been completely renovated by...
Located South of Broad, just off Legare Street on secluded, yet central, Lamboll Street. Probably one of the most desirable locations in the city. This house has been completely renovated by...
$ 3,398,000
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11 West, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 498 Sqft
Built in 1826, this 500 Sq Ft Harleston Place pied-a-terre comes fully furnished/completely turn key. Perfect for weekend getaways or a permanent residence! The historic building has designated...
Built in 1826, this 500 Sq Ft Harleston Place pied-a-terre comes fully furnished/completely turn key. Perfect for weekend getaways or a permanent residence! The historic building has designated...
$ 330,000
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110 Logan, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 2687 Sqft
Charleston single with serene fenced-in garden in the Harleston Village area of the city. Wonderful Heart of Pine wood floors throughout the home. Downstairs master with a spa like master bathroom...
Charleston single with serene fenced-in garden in the Harleston Village area of the city. Wonderful Heart of Pine wood floors throughout the home. Downstairs master with a spa like master bathroom...
$ 1,050,000
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