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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:
105
Average Price:
$2,269,890
Highest Listing Price:
$9,500,000
Average Days On Market:
174
Average Price/Sqft:
$650

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33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 397 Sqft
Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston, this first floor condo is within walking distance of the College of Charleston, MUSC and easy access to all that historic Charleston...
Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston, this first floor condo is within walking distance of the College of Charleston, MUSC and easy access to all that historic Charleston...
$ 255,000
New Listing

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 383 Sqft
Dreaming of your own getaway to Historic Charleston? If so you have all you need in this well appointed classic studio. located in Ansonborough neighborhood. Enjoy all the Low Country has to offer;...
Dreaming of your own getaway to Historic Charleston? If so you have all you need in this well appointed classic studio. located in Ansonborough neighborhood. Enjoy all the Low Country has to offer;...
$ 270,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 800 Sqft
This light filled one bedroom condominium is located in a beautiful Federal style 1830's grand home located close to Charleston's medical centers and the College of Charleston. Once the formal...
This light filled one bedroom condominium is located in a beautiful Federal style 1830's grand home located close to Charleston's medical centers and the College of Charleston. Once the formal...
$ 306,500

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 500 Sqft
Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough priced at under $350,000 (where single-family homes cost in excess of $1,000,000). And you have a designated on-site parking space. This turn-key...
Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough priced at under $350,000 (where single-family homes cost in excess of $1,000,000). And you have a designated on-site parking space. This turn-key...
$ 322,900

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 516 Sqft
Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough for under $350,000 (where single-family homes are priced in excess of $1,000,000). And you have a designated on-site parking space, a ''must'' for...
Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough for under $350,000 (where single-family homes are priced in excess of $1,000,000). And you have a designated on-site parking space, a ''must'' for...
$ 323,900
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1036 Mccutcheon, Lake City, SC, 29560

4 Beds 4 Baths 2764 Sqft
Looking for a piece of history? Looking to spread out and enjoy the countryside? Bring the babies and the horses and check out this amazing Circa 1840 - 4 bedroom 4 bath home located on 2.67 acres!...
Looking for a piece of history? Looking to spread out and enjoy the countryside? Bring the babies and the horses and check out this amazing Circa 1840 - 4 bedroom 4 bath home located on 2.67 acres!...
$ 325,000

20 Bee, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 1 Baths 892 Sqft
Extremely convenient condo within a few short yards of the MUSC Dental school! Very convenient to all of the MUSC facilities, as well as so many desirable spots on the Charleston Peninsula. The home...
Extremely convenient condo within a few short yards of the MUSC Dental school! Very convenient to all of the MUSC facilities, as well as so many desirable spots on the Charleston Peninsula. The home...
$ 349,999

234 Rutledge, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 1 Baths 802 Sqft
Awesome Condo in an Excellent downtown Charleston Location with OFF-STREET PARKING! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath second floor condo is perfect for a downsizing opportunity, a second home, college student,...
Awesome Condo in an Excellent downtown Charleston Location with OFF-STREET PARKING! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath second floor condo is perfect for a downsizing opportunity, a second home, college student,...
$ 374,900

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

286 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 846 Sqft
What a hidden gem! This charming home is located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, yet is tucked away off the main street. This allows for very private, quiet living, but still offering all the...
What a hidden gem! This charming home is located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, yet is tucked away off the main street. This allows for very private, quiet living, but still offering all the...
$ 485,000

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 679 Sqft
This charming, historic, first-floor, furnished Carriage House in Ansonborough is just steps away from the Downtown Historic District, high-end shopping and dining. Hasell Street features honey...
This charming, historic, first-floor, furnished Carriage House in Ansonborough is just steps away from the Downtown Historic District, high-end shopping and dining. Hasell Street features honey...
$ 499,000

214 Calhoun, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 988 Sqft
This magnificent luxury condo is centrally located/close to everything downtown Charleston...the details of this lovely 2 bedroom 2 bath home must be seen to be appreciated...beaming 14ft ceilings...
This magnificent luxury condo is centrally located/close to everything downtown Charleston...the details of this lovely 2 bedroom 2 bath home must be seen to be appreciated...beaming 14ft ceilings...
$ 550,000

 

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.