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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:
90
Average Price:
$2,386,649
Highest Listing Price:
$14,999,000
Average Days On Market:
217
Average Price/Sqft:
$707

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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...
$ 199,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 811 Sqft
Discover Historic Downtown Charleston living at its finest on highly sought Vanderhorst Street! Situated in the heart of the city, just 2 blocks from MUSC, College of Charleston, & the King Street...
Discover Historic Downtown Charleston living at its finest on highly sought Vanderhorst Street! Situated in the heart of the city, just 2 blocks from MUSC, College of Charleston, & the King Street...
$ 259,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 933 Sqft
Don't miss this investment opportunity for an updated 2 BR/2 BA condo in historic 1840 Charleston single within walking distance to MUSC, Roper, College of Charleston and the shopping/restaurant...
Don't miss this investment opportunity for an updated 2 BR/2 BA condo in historic 1840 Charleston single within walking distance to MUSC, Roper, College of Charleston and the shopping/restaurant...
$ 259,000

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 484 Sqft
Located in the heart of Ansonborough this classic studio is within walking distance to all the reasons to live in Charleston.. walk two blocks to dine or 3 blocks to catch a show at the Gaillard....
Located in the heart of Ansonborough this classic studio is within walking distance to all the reasons to live in Charleston.. walk two blocks to dine or 3 blocks to catch a show at the Gaillard....
$ 279,900

33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 500 Sqft
Beautiful first floor condo located in downtown Charleston within walking distance of MUSC, College of Charleston and local parks. Renovated in 2006 and has stainless steel appliances in kitchen and...
Beautiful first floor condo located in downtown Charleston within walking distance of MUSC, College of Charleston and local parks. Renovated in 2006 and has stainless steel appliances in kitchen and...
$ 285,000

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...
$ 299,000

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...
$ 325,000
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321 Laurel, Summerville, SC, 29483

3 Beds 3 Baths 2256 Sqft
Nestled in the heart of Historic Summerville beneath a majestic oak, magnolia, surrounded by beautiful azaleas your new home awaits! You're just a short stroll from the charming down town area. The...
Nestled in the heart of Historic Summerville beneath a majestic oak, magnolia, surrounded by beautiful azaleas your new home awaits! You're just a short stroll from the charming down town area. The...
$ 359,500

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

51 Smith, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 2 Baths 2120 Sqft
SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK WALK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD OF HARLESTON VILLAGE, LARGE AND SPACIOUS GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. GREAT FEATURES. KITCHEN...
SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK WALK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD OF HARLESTON VILLAGE, LARGE AND SPACIOUS GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. GREAT FEATURES. KITCHEN...
$ 429,000

84 Bull, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 1012 Sqft
Wonderful top floor unit featuring heart pine floors, high ceilings, lots of natural light. Old house charm and modern convenience. Separate dining room. Kitchen has granite countertops and pretty...
Wonderful top floor unit featuring heart pine floors, high ceilings, lots of natural light. Old house charm and modern convenience. Separate dining room. Kitchen has granite countertops and pretty...
$ 460,000

 

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.