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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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108 Tradd, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 2 Baths 2799 Sqft
This Circa 1810 double house is a charming 3 bedroom home with generous, light-filled rooms and privacy from the street. The location of this property is ideal as it is situated on high ground and...
This Circa 1810 double house is a charming 3 bedroom home with generous, light-filled rooms and privacy from the street. The location of this property is ideal as it is situated on high ground and...
$ 2,899,000

22 Church, Charleston, SC, 29401

6 Beds 4 Baths 5905 Sqft
This late 1700s home is a visually and culturally valuable property that is recognized by the South of Broad Historic District and recipient of Carolopolis Award for excellence in historical...
This late 1700s home is a visually and culturally valuable property that is recognized by the South of Broad Historic District and recipient of Carolopolis Award for excellence in historical...
$ 2,949,000

103 Church, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 2563 Sqft
Circa 1740. Exclusive top-floor condominium, just completed. The last and largest of 3 luxurious residences, all unique, in the heart of 18th century Charleston. Elevator access, with a private...
Circa 1740. Exclusive top-floor condominium, just completed. The last and largest of 3 luxurious residences, all unique, in the heart of 18th century Charleston. Elevator access, with a private...
$ 2,995,000
Under Contract

64 Vanderhorst, Charleston, SC, 29403

5 Beds 4 Baths 5772 Sqft
The circa 1824 John Bickley House is one of only 124 homes on the peninsula that has been recognized as exceptional by the Preservation Society with its sophisticated use of architectural features....
The circa 1824 John Bickley House is one of only 124 homes on the peninsula that has been recognized as exceptional by the Preservation Society with its sophisticated use of architectural features....
$ 3,195,000

41 Broad, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 4860 Sqft
Set near the corner of Church and Broad Streets, the circa 1835 commercial building and parking lot (9 Parking Spots) at 41 Broad Street presents an incredible opportunity to own a piece of...
Set near the corner of Church and Broad Streets, the circa 1835 commercial building and parking lot (9 Parking Spots) at 41 Broad Street presents an incredible opportunity to own a piece of...
$ 3,250,000

61 Tradd, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 2 Baths 4465 Sqft
The Motte Harvey House is located in the heart of Charleston's exclusive South of Broad neighborhood. This Pre-Revolutionary home, c 1731, is one of the oldest residences in the city. It is known to...
The Motte Harvey House is located in the heart of Charleston's exclusive South of Broad neighborhood. This Pre-Revolutionary home, c 1731, is one of the oldest residences in the city. It is known to...
$ 3,395,000
Under Contract

44 Meeting, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 4 Baths 4336 Sqft
c1800. This stately, elevated home is located on prestigious lower Meeting Street, South of Broad. Recent updates added an elevator from the garage to kitchen, to master suite. Plus the addition of a...
c1800. This stately, elevated home is located on prestigious lower Meeting Street, South of Broad. Recent updates added an elevator from the garage to kitchen, to master suite. Plus the addition of a...
$ 3,395,000

4 Legare, Charleston, SC, 29401

4 Beds 3 Baths 4222 Sqft
Built by George Kincaid and once residence to Sarah Hopton, the daughter of one of Charleston's most prestige merchants & Nathaniel Russell's future wife, 4 Legare St, also known as Kincaid's Western...
Built by George Kincaid and once residence to Sarah Hopton, the daughter of one of Charleston's most prestige merchants & Nathaniel Russell's future wife, 4 Legare St, also known as Kincaid's Western...
$ 3,400,000

91 East Bay, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 4160 Sqft
The Inglis Arch House, built in 1787, was completely rebuilt in 2004 by artisans who specialize in restoration. The first floor flows through two entries, powder room, a grand eat-in kitchen with...
The Inglis Arch House, built in 1787, was completely rebuilt in 2004 by artisans who specialize in restoration. The first floor flows through two entries, powder room, a grand eat-in kitchen with...
$ 3,599,000
Under Contract

75&77 Church, Charleston, SC, 29401

6 Beds 5 Baths 5744 Sqft
The Louis Danjou House, circa 1810, is classified by the City of Charleston's 1974 ''Architectural Inventory'' as a Category 2 House. There are two historic, masonry structures, a beautiful garden,...
The Louis Danjou House, circa 1810, is classified by the City of Charleston's 1974 ''Architectural Inventory'' as a Category 2 House. There are two historic, masonry structures, a beautiful garden,...
$ 3,699,000

72 Tradd, Charleston, SC, 29401

5 Beds 4 Baths 4684 Sqft
Circa 1732. Beautiful Georgian house with garage located in a great high ground location just off Meeting Street. The Fotheringham-McNeil Tenements are listed as valuable in ''This Is Charleston: An...
Circa 1732. Beautiful Georgian house with garage located in a great high ground location just off Meeting Street. The Fotheringham-McNeil Tenements are listed as valuable in ''This Is Charleston: An...
$ 3,750,000

29 Broad, Charleston, SC, 29401

3 Beds 3 Baths 3450 Sqft
A rare opportunity to own a portion of the McCauley Davis Building circa 1790, which has been meticulously and lovingly renovated into three income producing units. Located near the historic...
A rare opportunity to own a portion of the McCauley Davis Building circa 1790, which has been meticulously and lovingly renovated into three income producing units. Located near the historic...
$ 3,950,000

 

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.