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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:
100
Average Price:
$2,029,890
Highest Listing Price:
$9,500,000
Average Days On Market:
183
Average Price/Sqft:
$652

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1735 Boone Hall, Charleston, SC, 29407

2 Beds 1 Baths Sqft
With just enough space to call ''cozy,'' this tastefully renovated townhome will ''feel good'' as a primary residence, or getaway retreat. Note the quality wide plank tile flooring throughout the...
With just enough space to call ''cozy,'' this tastefully renovated townhome will ''feel good'' as a primary residence, or getaway retreat. Note the quality wide plank tile flooring throughout the...
$ 136,000

33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 397 Sqft
Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston, this first floor condo is within walking distance of the College of Charleston, MUSC and easy access to all that historic Charleston...
Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston, this first floor condo is within walking distance of the College of Charleston, MUSC and easy access to all that historic Charleston...
$ 250,000
Under Contract

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 484 Sqft
Dreaming of your own getaway to Historic Charleston? If so you have all you need in this well appointed classic studio. located in Ansonborough neighborhood. Enjoy all the Low Country has to offer;...
Dreaming of your own getaway to Historic Charleston? If so you have all you need in this well appointed classic studio. located in Ansonborough neighborhood. Enjoy all the Low Country has to offer;...
$ 259,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 933 Sqft
Great location! This a downtown condo built in 1830. It's a Federal Style home in the Radcliffborough district. Located just blocks from MUSC and College of Charleston. It's close to the King St....
Great location! This a downtown condo built in 1830. It's a Federal Style home in the Radcliffborough district. Located just blocks from MUSC and College of Charleston. It's close to the King St....
$ 265,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 800 Sqft
This light filled one bedroom condominium is located in a beautiful Federal style 1830's grand home located close to Charleston's medical centers and the College of Charleston with a designated...
This light filled one bedroom condominium is located in a beautiful Federal style 1830's grand home located close to Charleston's medical centers and the College of Charleston with a designated...
$ 306,500
Under Contract

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 500 Sqft
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION AND OFF STREET PARKING! It would be difficult to find a location in the heart of the City's historic district that could top 53 Hasell St. Nestled in the quiet...
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION AND OFF STREET PARKING! It would be difficult to find a location in the heart of the City's historic district that could top 53 Hasell St. Nestled in the quiet...
$ 319,900

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 516 Sqft
This fully furnished 1-bedroom condo, with GATED OFF-STREET PARKING (a ''must have'' for the City), is located in the prestigious Ansonborough District, a quiet residential neighborhood in downtown...
This fully furnished 1-bedroom condo, with GATED OFF-STREET PARKING (a ''must have'' for the City), is located in the prestigious Ansonborough District, a quiet residential neighborhood in downtown...
$ 319,900
Under Contract

1036 Mccutcheon, Lake City, SC, 29560

4 Beds 4 Baths 2764 Sqft
Looking for a piece of history? Looking to spread out and enjoy the countryside? Bring the babies and the horses and check out this amazing Circa 1840 - 4 bedroom 4 bath home located on 2.67 acres!...
Looking for a piece of history? Looking to spread out and enjoy the countryside? Bring the babies and the horses and check out this amazing Circa 1840 - 4 bedroom 4 bath home located on 2.67 acres!...
$ 325,000
Under Contract

51 Smith, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 744 Sqft
Super cute and exceptionally maintained 51-B Smith St is a 2 bedroom 1 bath condominium located just 1 block from the CofC and walkable to everything that is the downtown Charleston Peninsula...
Super cute and exceptionally maintained 51-B Smith St is a 2 bedroom 1 bath condominium located just 1 block from the CofC and walkable to everything that is the downtown Charleston Peninsula...
$ 325,000

20 Bee, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 1 Baths 892 Sqft
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!This 2 bedroom condo is directly across the street from MUSC! One bedroom downstairs and one bedroom upstairs. This is a great home and also a great home for investment...
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!This 2 bedroom condo is directly across the street from MUSC! One bedroom downstairs and one bedroom upstairs. This is a great home and also a great home for investment...
$ 344,850

234 Rutledge, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 1 Baths 802 Sqft
Awesome Condo in an Excellent downtown Charleston Location with OFF-STREET PARKING! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath second floor condo is perfect for a downsizing opportunity, a second home, college student,...
Awesome Condo in an Excellent downtown Charleston Location with OFF-STREET PARKING! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath second floor condo is perfect for a downsizing opportunity, a second home, college student,...
$ 374,900

10510 Jacksonboro, Cottageville, SC, 29435

8 Beds 3 Baths 4087 Sqft
Own a piece of history with this magnificent Lowcountry farmhouse. This beauty would make a great home, but it could also be a fabulous bed and breakfast or venue for weddings and other special...
Own a piece of history with this magnificent Lowcountry farmhouse. This beauty would make a great home, but it could also be a fabulous bed and breakfast or venue for weddings and other special...
$ 375,000

 

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.