What constitutes historic for you maybe be different to someone else, but as far as Charleston SC is concerned it usually means anything built 1850 or earlier. Many of the old historic houses in the downtown Charleston area have been owned or lived in some of the more famous American dignitaries that once called downtown Charleston SC home. Owning historical property in downtown Charleston SC can be both exhilarating yet challenging at the same time as they are much different than a newer home. 

MLS Listings Data

Total Listings: 97
Average Price: $2,067,781
Highest Listing Price: $9,500,000
Average Days On Market: 185
Average Price/SqFt: $635

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Conveniently located in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston, this...

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 has to offer. This condo is to come completely furnished and move in ready! (There is an attached list of everything included within the documents tab.) This open floor plan condo contains beautiful original hardwood floors and a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The living room TV extends outward for easy viewing from the living space. Enjoy on site laundry facility with extra storage space and bike storage. This condo comes with one off-street parking space as well as plenty of off street parking.

$ 255,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 397
Dreaming of your own getaway to Historic Charleston? If so you have all...

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; stay downtown to shop, dine or sightsee; or head to the beaches 30 minutes away! You will love the charm of heart pine floors, beautiful fireplace and high ceilings with crown molding but appreciate the conveniences of a well outfitted kitchen, (dishwasher, gas stove, micro-convection oven)) and spacious bathroom. The top floor porch offers even more reason to sit awhile, slow down and enjoy life on the Peninsula downtown. This home is a studio but it lives really big...the ten foot ceilings and the front porch add so much to this property!

$ 259,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 484
This light filled one bedroom condominium is located in a beautiful...

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 with a designated parking space in the rear. Once the formal drawing room of the home, the living room has 11 foot ceilings and original crown moulding and chair rail. Grand windows, insets and built in bookcases add to the graciousness of this home. The kitchen has been renovated with granite tile floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry, including a built-in wine rack. Large corner bedroom with walk-in closet and renovated bathroom featuring claw foot tub, granite tile and granite vanity. All appliances convey including under the counter washer and dryer located in kitchen.

$ 306,500
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 800
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION AND OFF STREET PARKING! It would be difficult...

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION AND OFF STREET PARKING! It would be difficult to find a location in the heart of the City's historic district that could top 53 Hasell St. Nestled in the quiet residential neighborhood of Ansonborough, you will find that you can walk or bike everywhere and rarely need a car. We purchased this apartment in 2006 as a second home and did not appreciate it for the gem it was until we completed renovations and spent a month living downtown. We can enjoy shopping on King Street, dining at world class restaurants on Market and East Bay, visiting museums and attending events at The Gaillard Auditorium or The Dock Street Theater - all just a short walk from our home; or we can relax in the late afternoons on the porch of this Charleston single and watch the horse drawn

$ 319,900
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 500
This fully furnished 1-bedroom condo, with GATED OFF-STREET PARKING (a...

This fully furnished 1-bedroom condo, with GATED OFF-STREET PARKING (a ''must have'' for the City), is located in the prestigious Ansonborough District, a quiet residential neighborhood in downtown Charleston where single family homes are priced at well over $2M. This is undoubtedly one of the best locations and best priced properties in the heart of the historic district. After purchasing this condo and renovating it from ''studs in,'' we quickly realized its uniqueness. You will find that you will rarely need to drive anywhere, as shopping on King Street, dining at world class restaurants on Market and East Bay, visiting museums and attending events at The Gaillard Auditorium or Dock Street Theater are well within walking distance. This little piece of Charleston would make an exceptio

$ 319,900
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 516
Looking for a piece of history? Looking to spread out and enjoy the...

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! BUT WAIT comes with a barn/workshop, pool and hot tub! Amazing preservation of the historical finishes including -Heart pine hardwood floors, 11 ft ceilings, large crown molding and so much more! Beautiful Estate Home or make your dreams of opening a Bed & Breakfast come true! Massive upstairs attic with approx. 1700 sqft that is wired & already plumbed for a full bath.Book your showing today!

$ 325,000
View details Beds - 4 Baths - 4 Sqft - 2764
Super cute and exceptionally maintained 51-B Smith St is a 2 bedroom 1...

Super cute and exceptionally maintained 51-B Smith St is a 2 bedroom 1 bath condominium located just 1 block from the CofC and walkable to everything that is the downtown Charleston Peninsula lifestyle. Harleston Village is a beautiful neighborhood bustling with life & energy. This property has had nice renovations and is ideal for multiple uses including a small personal residence or a spectacular 2nd home getaway or even the investor that wants to lock in long term rental income and utilize the small office as a 3rd bedroom. This property is part of a unique and small 3-unit condominium association. The living room is wide open with bar seating and plenty of space to relax and entertain. The full bath was recently renovated. 3 individual rooms provide multiple uses.

$ 325,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 744
Extremely convenient condo within a few short yards of the MUSC Dental...

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 comes with 2 dedicated parking spots! This home does have NON OPERATING fireplaces in both bedrooms and the living room.

$ 344,900
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 892
Awesome Condo in an Excellent downtown Charleston Location with OFF-STREET...

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, rental property, or just a low maintenance pied-a-terre in the heart of the City. The entire building was completely renovated and rebuilt in 2005 to include all of the modern upgrades. This unit has granite counters, stainless appliances, tile shower, dual bathroom sinks, wood floors, exposed original brick fireplaces (non-working), a small porch piazza to enjoy the weather, and PARKING! Located within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, and the upper King/ Midtown district. Exterior renovations were completed a few years ago, to include exterior repairs and paint, and porch

$ 374,900
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 802
Own a piece of history with this magnificent Lowcountry farmhouse. This...

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 occasions. The home features a massive front porch w/ stately columns that would be a perfect setting for wedding ceremonies, entertaining guests - the possibilities are endless! With over 4,000 sq.ft. this home also boasts 9 fireplaces, 2 kitchens, 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, wood floors, and a lovely center stair hall. The walls and ceilings have the original plaster, and high ceilings. This property is less than an hour from historic Charleston & Savannnah

$ 375,000
View details Beds - 8 Baths - 3 Sqft - 4087
Spacious and open first floor condo in lovely building with Historic...

Spacious and open first floor condo in lovely building with Historic details. High ceilings, large windows, crown moldings and much more add to the appeal of this conveniently located home. Three bedrooms and two baths with a flexible floor plan where the third bedroom could be used as an additional living area if so desired, Two off street parking spaces convey and nice size common area yard and porches for lovely outdoor space.

$ 475,000
View details Beds - 3 Baths - 2 Sqft - 1540
What a hidden gem! This charming home is located in the heart of Downtown...

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 excitement of Downtown Charleston from just steps away! Granite counter tops. Stainless steel appliances. Gas cook top. Living room with gas fireplace. Private gated courtyard. Easy stroll to King Street shops and restaurants. Parking is DIRECTLY in front of the townhouse and just a few feet from the front door!

$ 485,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 846

 


ABOUT BUYING & OWNING HISTORIC HOMES IN CHARLESTON SC

 

 

 

When you purchase a historic house in Charleston and frankly most towns in South Carolina there will likely be a governing body there to look out for the well being of the property and what is done to it. If you want to do renovations or changes to Charleston SC historic homes 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 how it was before. 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 BAR (board of architectural review) was established in 1931 with the creation of the first preservation ordinance in the United States.

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.” And apparently, it has worked since Charleston has been voted #1 best tourist city in the United States over 10 times.