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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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20 South Battery, Charleston, SC, 29401

17 Beds 16 Baths 15669 ft2
20 South Battery is the premier Charleston residence, prominent for its location and presence as a historic and social feature of the community. Local businessman Samuel Stevens built this antebellum...
20 South Battery is the premier Charleston residence, prominent for its location and presence as a historic and social feature of the community. Local businessman Samuel Stevens built this antebellum...
$ 5,500,000

173 1/2 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 1808 ft2
Welcome to your piece of Charleston. Located in Harleston Village near Colonial Lake and in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. This impeccably cared for property is 1 of 3 that make up the...
Welcome to your piece of Charleston. Located in Harleston Village near Colonial Lake and in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. This impeccably cared for property is 1 of 3 that make up the...
$ 865,000

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

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

7 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 938 ft2
Sophisticated interior designed by noted architect EE Fava. Nestled in a quiet location convenient to all the best historic sites, restaurants, shopping and cultural venues. Dramatic...
Sophisticated interior designed by noted architect EE Fava. Nestled in a quiet location convenient to all the best historic sites, restaurants, shopping and cultural venues. Dramatic...
$ 749,000

95 Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 3000 ft2
This move-in-ready historic home was the house of Charleston Mayor, William A. Courtenay. This spacious 3000 sq. ft. home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each room is filled with natural streaming...
This move-in-ready historic home was the house of Charleston Mayor, William A. Courtenay. This spacious 3000 sq. ft. home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each room is filled with natural streaming...
$ 1,575,000

192 Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 1037 ft2
Beautifully redone 3rd floor condo flooded with light and feels like a charming French atelier! Wonderful views!Heart pine floors,stainless steel countertops,2(!) off street parking spaces. Updated...
Beautifully redone 3rd floor condo flooded with light and feels like a charming French atelier! Wonderful views!Heart pine floors,stainless steel countertops,2(!) off street parking spaces. Updated...
$ 375,000

21 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 3956 ft2
Set in historic Ansonborough near the shops and restaurants of King Street, this sunny Charleston Single home boasts large, spacious rooms and retains much of its historic fabric, including rare...
Set in historic Ansonborough near the shops and restaurants of King Street, this sunny Charleston Single home boasts large, spacious rooms and retains much of its historic fabric, including rare...
$ 2,125,000

18 Church, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 6 Baths 6992 ft2
Circa 1840's, South of Broad on desirable lower Church St. This fine, recently restored "Charleston Single" style home is offered in excellent condition. Beautifully proportioned formal rooms,...
Circa 1840's, South of Broad on desirable lower Church St. This fine, recently restored "Charleston Single" style home is offered in excellent condition. Beautifully proportioned formal rooms,...
$ 4,450,000
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