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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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169 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1653 ft2
Beautiful, spacious, second-floor flat above Ike Behar and Tucker Payne Antiques at 169 King Street. The regime consists of eight units, one of which is a retail commercial unit. This unit has a...
Beautiful, spacious, second-floor flat above Ike Behar and Tucker Payne Antiques at 169 King Street. The regime consists of eight units, one of which is a retail commercial unit. This unit has a...
$ 1,136,000

20 S Battery, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 4 Baths 9244 ft2
The Stevens-Lathers House, a handsome mansion overlooking White Point Garden and the southernmost tip of the historic peninsula, dates back to the antebellum period of the 1840's and is home The...
The Stevens-Lathers House, a handsome mansion overlooking White Point Garden and the southernmost tip of the historic peninsula, dates back to the antebellum period of the 1840's and is home The...
$ 5,399,000

5 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1676 ft2
Don't miss the opportunity to own a wonderful historic town home in conveniently located Ansonborough. . . the city's most desirable neighborhood. Conveniently located close to everything and still a...
Don't miss the opportunity to own a wonderful historic town home in conveniently located Ansonborough. . . the city's most desirable neighborhood. Conveniently located close to everything and still a...
$ 979,000

24 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

6 Beds 6 Baths 5228 ft2
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

74 Reid, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 2800 ft2
One-of-a-kind live/work property in downtown Charleston, a unique opportunity to be part of the Upper King and Meeting Street Redevelopment. This historic property was built in 1840 as a grist mill...
One-of-a-kind live/work property in downtown Charleston, a unique opportunity to be part of the Upper King and Meeting Street Redevelopment. This historic property was built in 1840 as a grist mill...
$ 1,280,000

9 Gibbes, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 4 Baths 4931 ft2
The most private lot on Gibbes Street, just off Legare Street. Secluded entrance with room for four parking places. Upon entering the piazza there is an opulent garden. Built in 1840, this exquisite...
The most private lot on Gibbes Street, just off Legare Street. Secluded entrance with room for four parking places. Upon entering the piazza there is an opulent garden. Built in 1840, this exquisite...
$ 2,950,000

95 Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 2315 ft2
Spectacular 2-story top floor unit situated in former mayor, William Courntenay's Greek Revival residence. This stunning unit features an elevator, grand piazza, original hardwood floors throughout,...
Spectacular 2-story top floor unit situated in former mayor, William Courntenay's Greek Revival residence. This stunning unit features an elevator, grand piazza, original hardwood floors throughout,...
$ 925,000

95 Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 3000 ft2
This rare downtown gem is move in ready; with 2 off street parking spots, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, an elevator and expansive built in storage; this home is just blocks from Colonial Lake. This jewel of a...
This rare downtown gem is move in ready; with 2 off street parking spots, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, an elevator and expansive built in storage; this home is just blocks from Colonial Lake. This jewel of a...
$ 1,395,000

39 Society, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 3944 ft2
This extraordinary property offers the opportunity to own an impeccably restored Ansonborough home. Masterfully designed with sophisticated and classic details - refinished antique heart pine floors,...
This extraordinary property offers the opportunity to own an impeccably restored Ansonborough home. Masterfully designed with sophisticated and classic details - refinished antique heart pine floors,...
$ 2,300,000
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