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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:
26
Average Price:
$3,163,996
Highest Listing Price:
$8,600,000
Average Days On Market:
183
Average Price/Sqft:
$765

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Under Contract

968 Holmes Rd Road, Chester, SC, 29706

3 Beds 2 Baths 2172 Sqft
Best deal in the area. Beautiful old home looking for that perfect someone to bring it back to its former glory! This is a fixer upper! Sold ''As Is''. Property will be transferred by Quit Claim deed...
Best deal in the area. Beautiful old home looking for that perfect someone to bring it back to its former glory! This is a fixer upper! Sold ''As Is''. Property will be transferred by Quit Claim deed...
$ 59,000
Under Contract

109 Porcher Avenue, Eutawville, SC, 29048

6 Beds 1 Baths 3062 Sqft
This is your opportunity to own a piece of Eutawville history! The Parish House, owned by a local church, was built in 1828 and is standing strong today! Come put your ''touch'' on this house....
This is your opportunity to own a piece of Eutawville history! The Parish House, owned by a local church, was built in 1828 and is standing strong today! Come put your ''touch'' on this house....
$ 279,900
Under Contract

10510 Jacksonboro Road, 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...
$ 330,000

151 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 680 Sqft
Own your very own piece of Historic Downtown Charleston! FULLY RENOVATED AND MOVE IN READY WITH A PARKING SPACE INCLUDED! Built in 1849 by Wealthy Merchant Benjamin Lazarus, 151 Wentworth is located...
Own your very own piece of Historic Downtown Charleston! FULLY RENOVATED AND MOVE IN READY WITH A PARKING SPACE INCLUDED! Built in 1849 by Wealthy Merchant Benjamin Lazarus, 151 Wentworth is located...
$ 477,000

55 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1348 Sqft
Located in the heart of historic Ansonborough this early nineteenth century Charleston single house has been divided into six luxury residences. Off street parking is located in the secure gated...
Located in the heart of historic Ansonborough this early nineteenth century Charleston single house has been divided into six luxury residences. Off street parking is located in the secure gated...
$ 875,000

7 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 1730 Sqft
This gorgeous turn-key, two story brick row home is located in Charleston's most charming neighborhood, Historic Ansonborough. Charleston charm exudes with exposed brick walls, multiple fireplaces...
This gorgeous turn-key, two story brick row home is located in Charleston's most charming neighborhood, Historic Ansonborough. Charleston charm exudes with exposed brick walls, multiple fireplaces...
$ 1,375,000

1184 Williamsburg Highway, 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...
$ 1,495,000
Under Contract

14 Gadsden Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 3597 Sqft
Located in Historic Downtown Charleston within the sought after Neighborhood of Harleston Village, is this magnificent 3 Story Charleston Side Hall style home, circa 1850. This home has been...
Located in Historic Downtown Charleston within the sought after Neighborhood of Harleston Village, is this magnificent 3 Story Charleston Side Hall style home, circa 1850. This home has been...
$ 1,525,000
Under Contract

2 Saint Michaels Alley, 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....
$ 1,750,000

5 Legare Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 2763 Sqft
Live South of Broad in this meticulously restored condominium on historic Legare Street. The front entrance has a wrought iron gate leading to a covered slate patio and opens to a lovely foyer with...
Live South of Broad in this meticulously restored condominium on historic Legare Street. The front entrance has a wrought iron gate leading to a covered slate patio and opens to a lovely foyer with...
$ 1,999,000
Under Contract

149 Queen Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 4 Baths 3331 Sqft
This stunning historic masonry home was honored with the Caropolis Award by the Preservation Society of Charleston, built in the 1830's it has been lovingly restored by its current owners.Thoughtful...
This stunning historic masonry home was honored with the Caropolis Award by the Preservation Society of Charleston, built in the 1830's it has been lovingly restored by its current owners.Thoughtful...
$ 2,150,000

123 Queen Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 2 Baths 2619 Sqft
Renovated 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home built in 1830, an iconic Charleston ''Single'' style home, with rare enclosed ''Piazza'' giving the home more living space. Enjoy the aroma of the garden oasis with...
Renovated 4 bedroom 2.5 bath home built in 1830, an iconic Charleston ''Single'' style home, with rare enclosed ''Piazza'' giving the home more living space. Enjoy the aroma of the garden oasis with...
$ 2,425,000

 

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.