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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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10 State, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 2728 Sqft
This Handsome early nineteenth century masonry building is zoned limited business but could easily be converted to a single family home. Thought to have been restored in 1810 after a fire swept...
This Handsome early nineteenth century masonry building is zoned limited business but could easily be converted to a single family home. Thought to have been restored in 1810 after a fire swept...
$ 1,999,999

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 and is located on high ground in a high AE flood zone. This Federal style residence is privately nestled behind...
Legare Street's oldest residence known locally as ''The Sword Gate,'' was built in 1803 and is located on high ground in a high AE flood zone. This Federal style residence is privately nestled behind...
$ 15,990,000
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91 & 91.5 East Bay, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 4 Baths 6471 Sqft
Property is located in an X Flood zone - no flooding during current ownership and No flood insurance is required! A beautifully restored historic residence with water views on Rainbow Row, the Inglis...
Property is located in an X Flood zone - no flooding during current ownership and No flood insurance is required! A beautifully restored historic residence with water views on Rainbow Row, the Inglis...
$ 5,599,000
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10 Gillon, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 3934 Sqft
Very unique & one of the most photographed buildings in Charleston. Built in 1820, 10 Gillon is tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street just off of East Bay Street. A private business office is...
Very unique & one of the most photographed buildings in Charleston. Built in 1820, 10 Gillon is tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street just off of East Bay Street. A private business office is...
$ 1,495,000
Under Contract

26 Dereef, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1869 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...
$ 775,000

20 South Battery, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 4 Baths 9244 Sqft
Boasting stunning waterfront views from the Battery, the Stevens-Lathers House is a handsome mansion overlooking White Point Garden and the southernmost tip of the historic peninsula and dates back...
Boasting stunning waterfront views from the Battery, the Stevens-Lathers House is a handsome mansion overlooking White Point Garden and the southernmost tip of the historic peninsula and dates back...
$ 4,799,000

35 Tradd, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 3477 Sqft
Circa 1730. HIGH GROUND! Beautiful restoration has been completed on this early 18th century residence for today's lifestyle. Spacious living areas on two floors. From the moment you enter this...
Circa 1730. HIGH GROUND! Beautiful restoration has been completed on this early 18th century residence for today's lifestyle. Spacious living areas on two floors. From the moment you enter this...
$ 2,350,000

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,...
$ 1,700,000

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...
$ 728,000
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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

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
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21 Lamboll, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 4 Baths 4495 Sqft
21 Lamboll Street is a stately family home locatedin a quiet sectionof the coveted South of Broad neighborhood. Built circa 1834,the Catherine Jenkins House is ahistoric property that reflects the...
21 Lamboll Street is a stately family home locatedin a quiet sectionof the coveted South of Broad neighborhood. Built circa 1834,the Catherine Jenkins House is ahistoric property that reflects the...
$ 3,150,000

 

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.