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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:
34
Average Price:
$2,707,169
Highest Listing Price:
$6,500,000
Average Days On Market:
184
Average Price/Sqft:
$740

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5039 Popperdam Creek, North Charleston, SC, 29418

2 Beds 1 Baths 1080 Sqft
This charming brick townhome is waiting to welcome you home! This move-in ready home has had many upgrades that are sure to please any buyer! As you enter the home you are greeted by beautiful vinyl...
This charming brick townhome is waiting to welcome you home! This move-in ready home has had many upgrades that are sure to please any buyer! As you enter the home you are greeted by beautiful vinyl...
$ 210,000

33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 384 Sqft
Cute studio/efficiency . Idle for collage student or young professional. 1 parking spot available. #9. Laundry facility on cite. All appliances to convey. Regime is $300 monthly and covers building...
Cute studio/efficiency . Idle for collage student or young professional. 1 parking spot available. #9. Laundry facility on cite. All appliances to convey. Regime is $300 monthly and covers building...
$ 320,000

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...
$ 355,000

10463 County Line Road, Hemingway, SC, 29554

5 Beds 3 Baths 3100 Sqft
Welcome to THE OAKS! It's the country home you always wanted! This amazing OLD SOUTH colonial style home was built before THE CIVIL WAR. This historic beauty has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, so lots...
Welcome to THE OAKS! It's the country home you always wanted! This amazing OLD SOUTH colonial style home was built before THE CIVIL WAR. This historic beauty has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, so lots...
$ 698,500

60 Bull, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 1966 Sqft
The luxury condo above is a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom occupying the second and third floors and is leased through May 2023. The condo is approximately 2,000 square feet and includes a great room with an...
The luxury condo above is a 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom occupying the second and third floors and is leased through May 2023. The condo is approximately 2,000 square feet and includes a great room with an...
$ 875,000

40 Savage, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 1 Baths 1273 Sqft
This historic single family home South of Broad offers a prime location in one of the peninsula's most coveted neighborhoods with abundant potential to create a truly stunning home. Approved and...
This historic single family home South of Broad offers a prime location in one of the peninsula's most coveted neighborhoods with abundant potential to create a truly stunning home. Approved and...
$ 897,250
Under Contract

11 Marion, Charleston, SC, 29403

4 Beds 3 Baths 1500 Sqft
Great Investment or Move-in Ready Opportunity! **Sold completely furnished with acceptable offer (including all current furnishings, linens, kitchen utensils, outdoor furniture, artwork, etc- for an...
Great Investment or Move-in Ready Opportunity! **Sold completely furnished with acceptable offer (including all current furnishings, linens, kitchen utensils, outdoor furniture, artwork, etc- for an...
$ 910,000
Under Contract

1184 Williamsburg, Salters, SC, 29590

4 Beds 2 Baths 3730 Sqft
The centuries old Live Oak allee directs you to this impressive and grand antebellum home. Built to last, almost 200 years ago, the 22'' solid brick exterior walls have a smooth stucco finish scored...
The centuries old Live Oak allee directs you to this impressive and grand antebellum home. Built to last, almost 200 years ago, the 22'' solid brick exterior walls have a smooth stucco finish scored...
$ 1,575,000

7 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1683 Sqft
Occasionally you find a true hidden gem downtown. 7 Pitt Street Unit 2 is exactly that. Located in the heart of Charleston's Historic district just a few blocks from The Market, this detached...
Occasionally you find a true hidden gem downtown. 7 Pitt Street Unit 2 is exactly that. Located in the heart of Charleston's Historic district just a few blocks from The Market, this detached...
$ 1,600,000

7 State, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1563 Sqft
Built in 1811, the original Union Insurance Company Building is a rare opportunity to own a completely renovated two Bedroom, two bath historic condo unit in the French Quarter. This 2nd floor unit...
Built in 1811, the original Union Insurance Company Building is a rare opportunity to own a completely renovated two Bedroom, two bath historic condo unit in the French Quarter. This 2nd floor unit...
$ 1,695,000

5 Doughty, Charleston, SC, 29403

6 Beds 4 Baths 3387 Sqft
*LEGAL STR* This is a spacious three-story historic home downtown in the Medical District less than one mile to King Street. 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and 2 half baths. Located in a quiet...
*LEGAL STR* This is a spacious three-story historic home downtown in the Medical District less than one mile to King Street. 6 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and 2 half baths. Located in a quiet...
$ 1,790,000

2 Saint Michaels, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 2340 Sqft
In the Heart of Charleston's Old Walled City, down a quiet one way street, sits 2 Saint Michaels Alley, shaded by distinctive Italian cypress trees. This one of a kind architectural treasure (c....
In the Heart of Charleston's Old Walled City, down a quiet one way street, sits 2 Saint Michaels Alley, shaded by distinctive Italian cypress trees. This one of a kind architectural treasure (c....
$ 1,850,000

 

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.