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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:
60
Average Price:
$2,343,158
Highest Listing Price:
$7,495,000
Average Days On Market:
155
Average Price/Sqft:
$683

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65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 811 Sqft
Beautifully updated and furnished condo in Historic Downtown Charleston. Built in 1830 this Vanderhorst Street home is located in the much sought after Radcliffborough district in the heart of the...
Beautifully updated and furnished condo in Historic Downtown Charleston. Built in 1830 this Vanderhorst Street home is located in the much sought after Radcliffborough district in the heart of the...
$ 265,000

53 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 484 Sqft
Beautifully appointed first floor unit with gated off-street parking space. This condo unit is centrally located within the Charity Wilson House in the heart of the Historic District and is within...
Beautifully appointed first floor unit with gated off-street parking space. This condo unit is centrally located within the Charity Wilson House in the heart of the Historic District and is within...
$ 315,000

65 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

1 Beds 1 Baths 800 Sqft
Situated in Radcliffeborough within easy walking distance to a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and parks including Marion Square, where you can enjoy cultural events year round as well as the...
Situated in Radcliffeborough within easy walking distance to a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and parks including Marion Square, where you can enjoy cultural events year round as well as the...
$ 324,000

33 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 506 Sqft
Once home to former SC Lt. Governor and Congressman, Alonzo Jacob Ransier, this charming top-floor, one bed, one bath, c. 1849 ''Harleston Village'' condo boasts high ceilings and large sun-lit...
Once home to former SC Lt. Governor and Congressman, Alonzo Jacob Ransier, this charming top-floor, one bed, one bath, c. 1849 ''Harleston Village'' condo boasts high ceilings and large sun-lit...
$ 337,000

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

55 Laurens, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 800 Sqft
This fully renovated one-bedroom condo truly captures the quintessential downtown Charleston lifestyle in historic Ansonborough. The ground floor unit offers two private entries, a private garden...
This fully renovated one-bedroom condo truly captures the quintessential downtown Charleston lifestyle in historic Ansonborough. The ground floor unit offers two private entries, a private garden...
$ 510,000

55 Hasell, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 588 Sqft
Located in historic Ansonborough with secure gated entrance this one bedroom dependency features a private porch nestled under a grand live oak tree. The kitchen has been updated with granite...
Located in historic Ansonborough with secure gated entrance this one bedroom dependency features a private porch nestled under a grand live oak tree. The kitchen has been updated with granite...
$ 510,000
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55 Society, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1022 Sqft
First floor condo in the historic 1840 former High School of Charleston, one of only 4 units in this iconic Ansonborough building. Enjoy the ideal pied-a-terre in the heart of historic downtown...
First floor condo in the historic 1840 former High School of Charleston, one of only 4 units in this iconic Ansonborough building. Enjoy the ideal pied-a-terre in the heart of historic downtown...
$ 515,000

210 Calhoun, Charleston, SC, 29403

2 Beds 2 Baths 1445 Sqft
VERY NICE CONDO IN THE HEART OF HISTORIC CHARLESTON ON THE CORNER OF CALHOUN AND PITT STREET, WHITIN WALKING DISTANCE TO COFC, MUSC, DOWNTOWN ETC. BOTH BEDROOMS ARE SET UP AS SUITES WHICH ARE...
VERY NICE CONDO IN THE HEART OF HISTORIC CHARLESTON ON THE CORNER OF CALHOUN AND PITT STREET, WHITIN WALKING DISTANCE TO COFC, MUSC, DOWNTOWN ETC. BOTH BEDROOMS ARE SET UP AS SUITES WHICH ARE...
$ 525,000

7 Pitt, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 938 Sqft
Perfect pied-a-terre, sophisticated brick dependency with 2 off-street parking spaces. No monthly HOA fees. Interior thoughtfully designed by architect ee fava. Nestled in quiet location convenient...
Perfect pied-a-terre, sophisticated brick dependency with 2 off-street parking spaces. No monthly HOA fees. Interior thoughtfully designed by architect ee fava. Nestled in quiet location convenient...
$ 649,000

210 Calhoun, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 1794 Sqft
GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS BEAUTIFUL CONDO WITHIN STEPS TO MUSC AND COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON! THIS WONDERFUL TWO STORY 3 BEDROOM 3 BATH CONDO UNIT FEATURES HARDWOOD FLOORS, CERAMIC TILE, VAULTED...
GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS BEAUTIFUL CONDO WITHIN STEPS TO MUSC AND COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON! THIS WONDERFUL TWO STORY 3 BEDROOM 3 BATH CONDO UNIT FEATURES HARDWOOD FLOORS, CERAMIC TILE, VAULTED...
$ 650,000

80 Society, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 1325 Sqft
On the top two floors of an Antebellum Mansion is this 3 bedroom condo downtown with gorgeous wood and brick detailing throughout. Ideally located between King and Meeting Streets, just steps from...
On the top two floors of an Antebellum Mansion is this 3 bedroom condo downtown with gorgeous wood and brick detailing throughout. Ideally located between King and Meeting Streets, just steps from...
$ 749,000

 

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.