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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:
82
Average Price:
$2,111,124
Highest Listing Price:
$9,500,000
Average Days On Market:
185
Average Price/Sqft:
$668

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84 Church, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 1000 Sqft
The perfect pied-a-terre at the corner of exclusive Church and Tradd streets. Originally part of 82 Church, this masonry home has been recently restored, offering the perfect location to walk to...
The perfect pied-a-terre at the corner of exclusive Church and Tradd streets. Originally part of 82 Church, this masonry home has been recently restored, offering the perfect location to walk to...
$ 830,000

4 Weims, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 3 Baths 1650 Sqft
This quiet 1840 courtyard residence hides just off lower King Street, tucked away in the community of Weims Court, three blocks South of Broad and two blocks north of the Battery park. Hardwood...
This quiet 1840 courtyard residence hides just off lower King Street, tucked away in the community of Weims Court, three blocks South of Broad and two blocks north of the Battery park. Hardwood...
$ 840,000

31 Nassau, Charleston, SC, 29403

4 Beds 2 Baths 2486 Sqft
Charleston Single Home on a large lot in Historic Downtown Charleston. This Eastside property created decades of fond memories for a local family and is now ready to be transformed by its new owner!...
Charleston Single Home on a large lot in Historic Downtown Charleston. This Eastside property created decades of fond memories for a local family and is now ready to be transformed by its new owner!...
$ 850,000

516 Central, Summerville, SC, 29483

5 Beds 2 Baths 3600 Sqft
Grand, Antebellum home circa 1835 in Summerville's gorgeous historic district highlighted by a full veranda and draped in old oaks. This residence has been home to noted writers and artists over the...
Grand, Antebellum home circa 1835 in Summerville's gorgeous historic district highlighted by a full veranda and draped in old oaks. This residence has been home to noted writers and artists over the...
$ 895,000

87 East Bay, Charleston, SC, 29401

1 Beds 1 Baths 745 Sqft
Live on Rainbow Row, Charleston's most prestigious address! A gorgeous stunning South of Broad pied-a-terre. This incredible space was transformed by the current owner with a nod to the incredible...
Live on Rainbow Row, Charleston's most prestigious address! A gorgeous stunning South of Broad pied-a-terre. This incredible space was transformed by the current owner with a nod to the incredible...
$ 899,000
Under Contract

18 Jasper, Charleston, SC, 29403

4 Beds 3 Baths 2300 Sqft
LOCATION! The ''1835 House'' just blocks from King Street's best restaurants leaves you feeling the historic charm Charleston has to offer!NEWLY RENOVATED! Fantastic opportunity to invest in a...
LOCATION! The ''1835 House'' just blocks from King Street's best restaurants leaves you feeling the historic charm Charleston has to offer!NEWLY RENOVATED! Fantastic opportunity to invest in a...
$ 990,000

40 State, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1458 Sqft
Charming ground floor condo located right in the heart of Charleston's historic French Quarter! This gorgeous one-level pied-a-terre has been beautifully renovated to include luxurious stone baths &...
Charming ground floor condo located right in the heart of Charleston's historic French Quarter! This gorgeous one-level pied-a-terre has been beautifully renovated to include luxurious stone baths &...
$ 1,000,000

87 Bay, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 1200 Sqft
Charming turn-key circa 1780 brick Carriage House on Rainbow Row in Historic Charleston. The perfect pied-a-terre, high quality finishes with exposed brick walls throughout, handsome kitchen,...
Charming turn-key circa 1780 brick Carriage House on Rainbow Row in Historic Charleston. The perfect pied-a-terre, high quality finishes with exposed brick walls throughout, handsome kitchen,...
$ 1,195,000

218 Wentworth, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 3 Baths 3500 Sqft
One-of-a-kind fully restored 3,500sf 5br/3.5ba quintessential Chas single overlooking Ashley River & Marina w/ 365 days of gorgeous sunsets! Unique Downtown Home w/ 130 ft of waterfront featuring 2...
One-of-a-kind fully restored 3,500sf 5br/3.5ba quintessential Chas single overlooking Ashley River & Marina w/ 365 days of gorgeous sunsets! Unique Downtown Home w/ 130 ft of waterfront featuring 2...
$ 1,295,000
Under Contract

61 1/2 Tradd, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 2016 Sqft
This historic, circa 1736 pre-revolutionary charmer in beautiful downtown Charleston offers the perfect location, just steps away from The Battery and famous Broad Street. This gorgeous three story...
This historic, circa 1736 pre-revolutionary charmer in beautiful downtown Charleston offers the perfect location, just steps away from The Battery and famous Broad Street. This gorgeous three story...
$ 1,295,000
Under Contract

44 State, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 1 Baths 4395 Sqft
Three-floor historic building in prime location in the heart of downtown Charleston's commercial, tourist, and residential area. Located on State Street at the corner of Lodge Alley, the building is...
Three-floor historic building in prime location in the heart of downtown Charleston's commercial, tourist, and residential area. Located on State Street at the corner of Lodge Alley, the building is...
$ 1,400,000
Under Contract

51 South Battery, Charleston, SC, 29401

2 Beds 2 Baths 2000 Sqft
Circa 1829. Stunning renovation recently completed on this charming carriage house on South Battery Street. 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Off Street Parking for 2 Cars! Living room flows seamlessly into...
Circa 1829. Stunning renovation recently completed on this charming carriage house on South Battery Street. 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Off Street Parking for 2 Cars! Living room flows seamlessly into...
$ 1,475,000

 

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.