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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.”

 

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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33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 393 Sqft
Located one block from the College of Charleston in historic, downtown Charleston, this first floor condo is one you do not want to miss! Sending one of your kids off to college? Why pay rent when...
Located one block from the College of Charleston in historic, downtown Charleston, this first floor condo is one you do not want to miss! Sending one of your kids off to college? Why pay rent when...
$ 257,900
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348 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1073 Sqft
Freshly painted and move-in ready. Perfectly located, updated, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with stainless and granite in the heart of Charleston near the intersection of King and George Streets....
Freshly painted and move-in ready. Perfectly located, updated, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with stainless and granite in the heart of Charleston near the intersection of King and George Streets....
$ 424,900

151 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 760 Sqft
Welcome to this charming downtown pied-a-terre in the heart of downtown Charleston with parking and private courtyard adjacent to the unit. The unit is located on the ground floor of a 9 unit...
Welcome to this charming downtown pied-a-terre in the heart of downtown Charleston with parking and private courtyard adjacent to the unit. The unit is located on the ground floor of a 9 unit...
$ 425,000

348 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 824 Sqft
Welcome to 348 King Street, unit K! This 2 bedroom, end-unit condo is located in the heart of Charleston in the historic King Street shopping district! As you enter through the gate, take notice of...
Welcome to 348 King Street, unit K! This 2 bedroom, end-unit condo is located in the heart of Charleston in the historic King Street shopping district! As you enter through the gate, take notice of...
$ 439,000
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70 Church, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 612 Sqft
ELEGANT ONE BEDROOM, ONE BATHROOM CONDO ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF A CICA 1770 BUILDING. BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED WITH NEW KITCHEN AND BATH AND OVERLOOKS THE GARDEN. WOOD FLOORS SANDED AND REFINISHED,...
ELEGANT ONE BEDROOM, ONE BATHROOM CONDO ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF A CICA 1770 BUILDING. BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED WITH NEW KITCHEN AND BATH AND OVERLOOKS THE GARDEN. WOOD FLOORS SANDED AND REFINISHED,...
$ 499,000

348 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 762 Sqft
Location, Location Location! DEEDED PARKING SPACE INCLUDED behind the building! Live in the most beautiful spot in the heart of Downtown Charleston. Literally just steps from all of King Street's...
Location, Location Location! DEEDED PARKING SPACE INCLUDED behind the building! Live in the most beautiful spot in the heart of Downtown Charleston. Literally just steps from all of King Street's...
$ 515,000

42 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 1287 Sqft
Beautifully renovated historic home located in the wonderful Radcliffborough neighborhood, just a short stroll from King Street and all downtown Charleston has to offer. Tastefully updated with all...
Beautifully renovated historic home located in the wonderful Radcliffborough neighborhood, just a short stroll from King Street and all downtown Charleston has to offer. Tastefully updated with all...
$ 549,000

30 Dereef, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1425 Sqft
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
$ 579,000

36 Dereef, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1425 Sqft
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
$ 579,000

9 Bogard, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1742 Sqft
Charming 1840 Charleston single house with wide columned double piazzas. Striking architectural brick fireplaces are the focal point of each of the main rooms. Downstairs, 2 rooms flank the central...
Charming 1840 Charleston single house with wide columned double piazzas. Striking architectural brick fireplaces are the focal point of each of the main rooms. Downstairs, 2 rooms flank the central...
$ 595,000

28 Dereef, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1541 Sqft
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
$ 599,000

34 Dereef, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1541 Sqft
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
The Gathering at Morris Square is an exciting new development in the heart of Charleston's Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood and a very short walk from Upper King Street, MUSC and the College...
$ 599,000

 

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.