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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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32 Legare, Charleston, SC, 29401

9 Beds 13 Baths 17142 Sqft
Legare Street's oldest residence known locally as "The Sword Gate," was built in 1803. This Federal style residence is privately nestled behind its famous front gates which were originally...
Legare Street's oldest residence known locally as "The Sword Gate," was built in 1803. This Federal style residence is privately nestled behind its famous front gates which were originally...
$ 19,500,000
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(-22.81%)

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

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

60 Montagu, Charleston, SC, 29401

6 Beds 5 Baths 9345 Sqft
The Theodore Gaillard (Gaillard-Bennett) House, circa 1800, is one of the finest examples of the Federal Period in Charleston and the country. This elaborate double house and all auxiliary buildings...
The Theodore Gaillard (Gaillard-Bennett) House, circa 1800, is one of the finest examples of the Federal Period in Charleston and the country. This elaborate double house and all auxiliary buildings...
$ 12,850,000

87 East Bay, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 2268 Sqft
The James Gordon House. Circa 1792. Fabulous renovated condominium is in grand Eighteenth Century residence. Entry hall elevator or stairway takes you to second floor where you will find gracious,...
The James Gordon House. Circa 1792. Fabulous renovated condominium is in grand Eighteenth Century residence. Entry hall elevator or stairway takes you to second floor where you will find gracious,...
$ 1,950,000
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(-4.77%)

24 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 4 Baths 4200 Sqft
The John Laurens North House, a stunning example of a c.1790 Charleston Single House 24 King Street is elegant, yet comfortable for modern family living. It is located South of Broad on a quiet...
The John Laurens North House, a stunning example of a c.1790 Charleston Single House 24 King Street is elegant, yet comfortable for modern family living. It is located South of Broad on a quiet...
$ 3,995,000

51 Smith, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 2 Baths 2120 Sqft
SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! NICE COLLEGE RENTAL. GREAT FEATURES. KITCHEN OVERLOOKING LARGE DEN WITH FIREPLACE (NON-WORKING), 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS...CURRENTLY RENTED FOR...
SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! NICE COLLEGE RENTAL. GREAT FEATURES. KITCHEN OVERLOOKING LARGE DEN WITH FIREPLACE (NON-WORKING), 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS...CURRENTLY RENTED FOR...
$ 749,000
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(-7.41%)

2 Amherst, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 1 Baths 4513 Sqft
Considered Valuable to the City and on the National Register , The Presqu'ile House, C. 1802. Originally a fine Charleston residence, this historic home located on Upper East Bay Street currently...
Considered Valuable to the City and on the National Register , The Presqu'ile House, C. 1802. Originally a fine Charleston residence, this historic home located on Upper East Bay Street currently...
$ 1,850,000

45 East Bay, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1802 Sqft
On lower East Bay Street at the High Battery, this second floor condominium is in the Somersall-DeSaussure House, circa 1790-1800. With nineteenth-century Greek Revival and Italianate detailing,...
On lower East Bay Street at the High Battery, this second floor condominium is in the Somersall-DeSaussure House, circa 1790-1800. With nineteenth-century Greek Revival and Italianate detailing,...
$ 1,900,000
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(-13.79%)

9 Lamboll, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 1072 Sqft
CHARMING HISTORIC HOME IN PERFECT SOUTH OF BROAD LOCATION ON LITTLE LAMBOLL. MOVE IN CONDITION WITH OFF STREET PARKING. BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AND OPEN FLOOR PLAN SETS THIS 1810 HOME APART. BEST USE WOULD...
CHARMING HISTORIC HOME IN PERFECT SOUTH OF BROAD LOCATION ON LITTLE LAMBOLL. MOVE IN CONDITION WITH OFF STREET PARKING. BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AND OPEN FLOOR PLAN SETS THIS 1810 HOME APART. BEST USE WOULD...
$ 775,000
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(+2.44%)

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...
$ 2,100,000
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34 Rutledge, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 3370 Sqft
Beautiful Charleston classic overlooking Colonial Lake. Exceptional location and fine, original historic features.
Beautiful Charleston classic overlooking Colonial Lake. Exceptional location and fine, original historic features.
$ 1,500,000

 

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.