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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

MLS Listings Data

Total Listings:
86
Average Price:
$2,375,912
Highest Listing Price:
$15,990,000
Average Days On Market:
167
Average Price/Sqft:
$703

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208 Ashley, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 1 Baths 1500 Sqft
Back on the Market!!! Don't miss this investment opportunity. A few minutes walk from MUSC and College of Charleston. 1500 square feet of well preserved 1835 year built house with beautiful...
Back on the Market!!! Don't miss this investment opportunity. A few minutes walk from MUSC and College of Charleston. 1500 square feet of well preserved 1835 year built house with beautiful...
$ 319,000

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 price of a single family home often exceeds $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 price of a single family home often exceeds $2M. This studio pied-a-terre...
$ 326,900

348 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 762 Sqft
The perfect location right in the heart of the number one city in the world as ranked by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Walk to everything! All the best shopping, dining, and activity, including the...
The perfect location right in the heart of the number one city in the world as ranked by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Walk to everything! All the best shopping, dining, and activity, including the...
$ 365,000

178 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 794 Sqft
CALLING ALL INVESTORS- High & Dry, no flooding! 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...
CALLING ALL INVESTORS- High & Dry, no flooding! 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...
$ 399,890

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...
$ 450,000

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...
$ 475,000

295 King, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 945 Sqft
One of three condo units in the heart of historic King Street's retail district, known for its world renowned shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. This is the ONLY UNIT WITH AN ADDITIONAL HALF BATH,...
One of three condo units in the heart of historic King Street's retail district, known for its world renowned shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. This is the ONLY UNIT WITH AN ADDITIONAL HALF BATH,...
$ 475,000

42 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 1287 Sqft
Incredible location just a few blocks from MUSC and CofC make this a great investment and living opportunity. Walking distance to premier shopping, dining, churches, and parks. This stunning...
Incredible location just a few blocks from MUSC and CofC make this a great investment and living opportunity. Walking distance to premier shopping, dining, churches, and parks. This stunning...
$ 498,500

212 Calhoun, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1545 Sqft
Elegant 2nd floor, Circa 1840, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom charming downtown condo. Walk to almost everything: CofC, MUSC, King Street, shopping, restaurants. Five minutes from School of Law and The...
Elegant 2nd floor, Circa 1840, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom charming downtown condo. Walk to almost everything: CofC, MUSC, King Street, shopping, restaurants. Five minutes from School of Law and The...
$ 515,000

77 Bull, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1103 Sqft
Looking for a perfect downtown condo with charm to spare? Look no further than 77 Bull Street! Situated in the heart of Harleston Village. Walk one block to Cannon Green and MUSC, three blocks to...
Looking for a perfect downtown condo with charm to spare? Look no further than 77 Bull Street! Situated in the heart of Harleston Village. Walk one block to Cannon Green and MUSC, three blocks to...
$ 575,000

173 1/2 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 1808 Sqft
Circa 1842, this Harleston Village property was the original kitchen house to the Daniel Fairchild house which fronts on Ashley Avenue. The kitchen and bathrooms were recently renovated and beautiful...
Circa 1842, this Harleston Village property was the original kitchen house to the Daniel Fairchild house which fronts on Ashley Avenue. The kitchen and bathrooms were recently renovated and beautiful...
$ 589,000

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

 

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.