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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:
41
Average Price:
$2,490,329
Highest Listing Price:
$8,000,000
Average Days On Market:
75
Average Price/Sqft:
$805

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512 Carn Street, Walterboro, SC, 29488

3 Beds 2 Baths 1670 Sqft
Beautiful Home in the Historic District, featuring wide Southern porches & vintage architectural details including wood floors, high ceilings, an outdoor patio, and lots of potential. Three lovely...
Beautiful Home in the Historic District, featuring wide Southern porches & vintage architectural details including wood floors, high ceilings, an outdoor patio, and lots of potential. Three lovely...
$ 220,000

109 Porcher Avenue, Eutawville, SC, 29048

4 Beds 3 Baths 3136 Sqft
This beautiful home, known as The Parish House, was built in 1828. It is located in downtown Eutawville, where you are 20 minutes from Moncks Corner and 10 minutes from Santee. The original entry...
This beautiful home, known as The Parish House, was built in 1828. It is located in downtown Eutawville, where you are 20 minutes from Moncks Corner and 10 minutes from Santee. The original entry...
$ 275,000
New Listing

80 Society Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 437 Sqft
This 2nd floor studio condo is nestled within a stunning antebellum mansion in the heart of downtown Charleston. Located mere steps from the vibrant King Street and just 2.5 blocks from the iconic...
This 2nd floor studio condo is nestled within a stunning antebellum mansion in the heart of downtown Charleston. Located mere steps from the vibrant King Street and just 2.5 blocks from the iconic...
$ 419,000
Under Contract

81 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 523 Sqft
Own a little piece of history! This charming 1840's elevated carriage house lives large with an open concept living/dining/kitchen area, high ceiling with exposed rafters and bespoke tables and...
Own a little piece of history! This charming 1840's elevated carriage house lives large with an open concept living/dining/kitchen area, high ceiling with exposed rafters and bespoke tables and...
$ 515,000
New Listing

80 Society Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 742 Sqft
Welcome to your charming retreat in the heart of downtown Charleston! This first-floor 1 bedroom condo offers the perfect blend of historic charm and modern convenience. Located within a stunning...
Welcome to your charming retreat in the heart of downtown Charleston! This first-floor 1 bedroom condo offers the perfect blend of historic charm and modern convenience. Located within a stunning...
$ 599,000
Under Contract

295 King Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 1 Baths 1059 Sqft
Enjoy all of that Historic Downtown Charleston, voted Best In The U.S. for the 11th year in a row, has to offer within walking distance! This fully furnished 2 bedroom condo is located in the heart...
Enjoy all of that Historic Downtown Charleston, voted Best In The U.S. for the 11th year in a row, has to offer within walking distance! This fully furnished 2 bedroom condo is located in the heart...
$ 615,000
New Listing

80 Society Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 691 Sqft
Experience the epitome of Southern charm in this second-floor 1 bedroom condo, nestled within a historic antebellum mansion in downtown Charleston. This residence offers access to a second-story...
Experience the epitome of Southern charm in this second-floor 1 bedroom condo, nestled within a historic antebellum mansion in downtown Charleston. This residence offers access to a second-story...
$ 619,000

43 Charlotte Street, Charleston, SC, 29403

Beds 1 Baths 637 Sqft
Stunningly renovated and spacious studio condo. situated in a grand Greek Revival structural, the William A. Hussey house located in the heart of Wraggborough. This light-filled unit features 12-foot...
Stunningly renovated and spacious studio condo. situated in a grand Greek Revival structural, the William A. Hussey house located in the heart of Wraggborough. This light-filled unit features 12-foot...
$ 625,000
Under Contract

212 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29403

3 Beds 2 Baths 1540 Sqft
This spacious first-floor condo is conveniently located on the corner of Calhoun and Pitt Streets, just steps from the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The interior...
This spacious first-floor condo is conveniently located on the corner of Calhoun and Pitt Streets, just steps from the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The interior...
$ 675,000
Under Contract

212 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 1545 Sqft
This spacious, sunny second floor condo is conveniently located steps from the College of Charleston and just down the street from MUSC. With high ceilings, beautiful heart pine floors, crown...
This spacious, sunny second floor condo is conveniently located steps from the College of Charleston and just down the street from MUSC. With high ceilings, beautiful heart pine floors, crown...
$ 690,000
Under Contract

1365 US-25, Edgefield, SC, 29824

5 Beds 3 Baths 4000 Sqft
Cedar Grove is an historic plantation home located near Edgefield, SC. It was built in 1790 and is a large two story Federal home with whit clapboard exterior and high gable roof. It features a...
Cedar Grove is an historic plantation home located near Edgefield, SC. It was built in 1790 and is a large two story Federal home with whit clapboard exterior and high gable roof. It features a...
$ 824,000

192 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 1536 Sqft
Welcome to this historic gem in the heart of Charleston! This charming 1840 residence served as part of General Beauregard's headquarters during the Civil War and now stands as an exquisite testament...
Welcome to this historic gem in the heart of Charleston! This charming 1840 residence served as part of General Beauregard's headquarters during the Civil War and now stands as an exquisite testament...
$ 899,000

 

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.