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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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53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 484 Sqft
Excellent opportunity to own a little piece of downtown Charleston in the much sought after Ansonborough District where the prices of single family homes often exceed $2M. This studio pied-a-terre...
Excellent opportunity to own a little piece of downtown Charleston in the much sought after Ansonborough District where the prices of single family homes often exceed $2M. This studio pied-a-terre...
$ 325,000
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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...
$ 365,000
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348 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1073 Sqft
In the center of world-famous King Street, you will find the perfect 2 bedroom condo in a historic building that successfully integrates residential and commercial space. Your front door opens up to...
In the center of world-famous King Street, you will find the perfect 2 bedroom condo in a historic building that successfully integrates residential and commercial space. Your front door opens up to...
$ 413,900
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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...
$ 419,000

178 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 794 Sqft
CALLING ALL INVESTORS! Fabulous opportunity to own a piece of property in the heart of Charleston close to CofC, MUSC, & bustling King St. The charming 1830s Carriage House comes with A PARKING SPOT!...
CALLING ALL INVESTORS! Fabulous opportunity to own a piece of property in the heart of Charleston close to CofC, MUSC, & bustling King St. The charming 1830s Carriage House comes with A PARKING SPOT!...
$ 424,900

79 Bull, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 852 Sqft
Charming, Comfortable, and Exceptionally Well Located- this Seabrook Manor condo has everything. Gourmet kitchen with gas range and copper hood, luxury finishes and exposed brick accents. Completely...
Charming, Comfortable, and Exceptionally Well Located- this Seabrook Manor condo has everything. Gourmet kitchen with gas range and copper hood, luxury finishes and exposed brick accents. Completely...
$ 475,000

81 Bull, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 1025 Sqft
If you have been looking for a Pied-a-terre exuding Lowcountry charm and love the look of exposed brick, then you must see this condo. Stunning ground floor condo with absolutely NO FLOODING in...
If you have been looking for a Pied-a-terre exuding Lowcountry charm and love the look of exposed brick, then you must see this condo. Stunning ground floor condo with absolutely NO FLOODING in...
$ 495,000

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...
$ 499,000

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...
$ 529,000

23 Queen, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 600 Sqft
Welcome to your perfect pied-a-terre in in the heart of the French Quarter! Named one of the top 25 entryways in all of the South by a popular southern magazine, step into a completely renovated...
Welcome to your perfect pied-a-terre in in the heart of the French Quarter! Named one of the top 25 entryways in all of the South by a popular southern magazine, step into a completely renovated...
$ 595,000

29.5 State, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 658 Sqft
Amazing renovation lives large and in one of Charleston's most loved historic buildings. Great location in the heart of the French Quarter. This bright cheerful home, features 10 large windows to let...
Amazing renovation lives large and in one of Charleston's most loved historic buildings. Great location in the heart of the French Quarter. This bright cheerful home, features 10 large windows to let...
$ 595,000

 

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.