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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:
75
Average Price:
$2,570,634
Highest Listing Price:
$14,999,000
Average Days On Market:
229
Average Price/Sqft:
$661

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2407 Four Holes, Orangeburg, SC, 29115

2 Beds 1 Baths 1900 Sqft
Nicely maintained, quiet country home, built in the 1800s and situated on 3.25 acres. Home has 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, kitchen island with cooktop and breakfast bar. Living and Dining Rooms...
Nicely maintained, quiet country home, built in the 1800s and situated on 3.25 acres. Home has 2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, kitchen island with cooktop and breakfast bar. Living and Dining Rooms...
$ 190,000

1217 Wichman, Walterboro, SC, 29488

5 Beds 2 Baths 4000 Sqft
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!!! SELLING UNDER $50 A SQ FOOT IS UNREALISTIC!!!!SELLERS SAY BRING AN OFFER TODAY!!!! This 1800's home sits in the heart of the city (Walterboro). Being one of...
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME!!! SELLING UNDER $50 A SQ FOOT IS UNREALISTIC!!!!SELLERS SAY BRING AN OFFER TODAY!!!! This 1800's home sits in the heart of the city (Walterboro). Being one of...
$ 199,000

81 Nassau, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1475 Sqft
Excellent investment opportunity to build a beautiful single family home with the BAR approved plans provided.Located one block away from meeting street, where an immense amount of high-end...
Excellent investment opportunity to build a beautiful single family home with the BAR approved plans provided.Located one block away from meeting street, where an immense amount of high-end...
$ 199,500

24 Bee, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 346 Sqft
Welcome to this historic one of a kind carriage house in the heart of downtown Charleston! This 1800's home has all the character and charm you are looking for with the epitome of ''lock and go''...
Welcome to this historic one of a kind carriage house in the heart of downtown Charleston! This 1800's home has all the character and charm you are looking for with the epitome of ''lock and go''...
$ 232,000

33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 500 Sqft
** SELLER SAYS MAKE AN OFFER **Beautiful first floor condo located in downtown Charleston within walking distance of MUSC, College of Charleston and local parks. Stainless steel appliances in kitchen...
** SELLER SAYS MAKE AN OFFER **Beautiful first floor condo located in downtown Charleston within walking distance of MUSC, College of Charleston and local parks. Stainless steel appliances in kitchen...
$ 265,000
Under Contract

8800 Dorchester, North Charleston, SC, 29420

2 Beds 2 Baths 1710 Sqft
Beautiful home only 1 year old. All the upgrades. Tankless water heater and attached two car garage. Granite counter tops, stainless appliances and custom cabinetry. Hard wood floors throughout and...
Beautiful home only 1 year old. All the upgrades. Tankless water heater and attached two car garage. Granite counter tops, stainless appliances and custom cabinetry. Hard wood floors throughout and...
$ 277,000
Under Contract

33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 545 Sqft
Own a piece of Historic Downtown Charleston! This immaculate home is turn key with a deeded off street parking space and a private, oversized balcony! 33 Pitt Street is located within walking...
Own a piece of Historic Downtown Charleston! This immaculate home is turn key with a deeded off street parking space and a private, oversized balcony! 33 Pitt Street is located within walking...
$ 279,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 800 Sqft
BEAUTIFUL ONE BEDROOM CONDO DOWNTOWN- NEW HVAC & TANKLESS WATER HEATER! 65 G Vanderhorst Street is the ultimate walk-to-everything location in downtown Charleston. This beautiful condo includes many...
BEAUTIFUL ONE BEDROOM CONDO DOWNTOWN- NEW HVAC & TANKLESS WATER HEATER! 65 G Vanderhorst Street is the ultimate walk-to-everything location in downtown Charleston. This beautiful condo includes many...
$ 300,000

234 Rutledge, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 1 Baths 665 Sqft
Fantastic third floor condo in great location! Hardwood floors. Granite countertops. Travertine bathroom. Stainless appliances. This 2 bedroom condo offers a private on-site parking space. Close to...
Fantastic third floor condo in great location! Hardwood floors. Granite countertops. Travertine bathroom. Stainless appliances. This 2 bedroom condo offers a private on-site parking space. Close to...
$ 312,500
New Listing

509 Luke, Summerville, SC, 29483

5 Beds 3 Baths 4418 Sqft
HISTORIC 1800;s PLANTATION STYLE HOME with OVER 4000 SQFT and SOARING 14 FOOT CEILINGS!!!! FULL FRONT PORCH to enjoy welcoming guests as they notice the immaculate Curb Appeal before stepping into...
HISTORIC 1800;s PLANTATION STYLE HOME with OVER 4000 SQFT and SOARING 14 FOOT CEILINGS!!!! FULL FRONT PORCH to enjoy welcoming guests as they notice the immaculate Curb Appeal before stepping into...
$ 369,900

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

2005 Pinopolis, Pinopolis, SC, 29469

3 Beds 2 Baths 2521 Sqft
Welcome to your new home in the historic village of Pinopolis. Pinopolis is a peninsula in the 60,000 acres of Lake Moultrie. This 2521 square foot home plus a 418 square foot guest cottage is...
Welcome to your new home in the historic village of Pinopolis. Pinopolis is a peninsula in the 60,000 acres of Lake Moultrie. This 2521 square foot home plus a 418 square foot guest cottage is...
$ 410,000

 

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.