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:67
Average Price:$2,232,641
Highest Listing Price:$9,500,000
Average Days On Market:168
Average Price/SqFt:$674

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This 1 bed, 1 bath condo is located in the heavily sought after Harleston...

This 1 bed, 1 bath condo is located in the heavily sought after Harleston Village borough at the heart of downtown Charleston. Just a short walk to CofC, the Battery, Colonial Lake, MUSC, and Marion Square, you will be able to easily access all that downtown Charleston has to offer. This is currently the least expensive condo on the market inside of the the crosstown and it even comes with its own off street parking space. This property has been well cared for and is ready for its new owner. There is also an extra storage space/laundry facility at the back of the property for your convenience. The HOA fee covers all exterior maintenance/insurance, termite bond, water, and valet trash service.

$ 269,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 392
Located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, you will find this charming...

Located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, you will find this charming first floor 1 Bedroom 1 Bath condo just a few blocks from the College of Charleston, MUSC campus, and King Streets finest restaurants and shopping! Beautiful hardwoods in the living area, new hardwood tile in bedroom, murphy bed to accommodate guests, crown molding throughout and an original fireplace mantel that has amazing character. The master bedroom has amazing natural light and a private full bath with a tiled walk-in shower. The possibilities are endless for upgrades as this is one of the largest units in building. This condo has incredible rental potential for an investment or would be a great place for a son or daughter attending the College of Charleston as it is only seconds away. There is laundry onsite

$ 324,900
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 623
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.

$ 327,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 800
Built circa 1790, The Benjamin Stiles Rivers house sits on a private &...

Built circa 1790, The Benjamin Stiles Rivers house sits on a private & peaceful 1.25 acres in downtown historic Walterboro, SC. Located in a charming town full of antebellum homes, and an hour or less to Charleston, Edisto Island, Beaufort, and Savannah, this very large lot would be perfect for a homesteader, gardening enthusiast, or someone who wants some space and privacy. Surrounded on 3 sides by a tall thick hedge, the lawns, small orchards, 24 raised beds, chicken coop & run, shed, and cabin / she shed / man cave back up to 12 wooded acres. This beautiful home is surrounded by 19th-century handmade brick-lined flower beds, over 50 fruit trees and bushes, 3 grand oaks, many many flowering plants and trees, and a sculptural tree trunk that is home to a resident family of pileated

$ 327,000
View details Beds - 4 Baths - 2 Sqft - 2382
Charleston charm abounds in this ideally located condo. Walkable to the...

Charleston charm abounds in this ideally located condo. Walkable to the college and all that downtown Charleston has to offer. Grand historic home has been converted into individual units with many great features still seen in the home. The ornate fireplace and original hardwood floors are just a couple of the historical features you will see. Updated kitchen, newer appliances, can lights, and new AC unit bring the modern to this great unit. Enjoy the weather on the great shared porch. Accessible from both the rear outdoor and interior front stairs. This home lives larger than the square footage indicates. Dedicated parking spot as well as ability to get residential parking permits for the street if needed. Seller to offer 1 YEAR of HOA credit at closing!!!

$ 344,499
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 673
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
This fully furnished loft-style condo is perfectly situated in the heart...

This fully furnished loft-style condo is perfectly situated in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston, at the corner of King and Calhoun, just across from Marion Square. The roof was just redone in 2020. The property includes deeded parking spot #9 on Burns Alley (adjacent to the property) and has two secure entrances; one at 377 King St and one at 157 Calhoun St. The HOA fee includes water and there is trash disposal on-site. As you enter, you're greeted by heart pine floors, exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and a bright open floor plan, with great natural light. The kitchen boasts recessed and pendant lighting, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a breakfast bar. Refrigerator to convey, with an acceptable offer and as part of the sales contract.

$ 469,900
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 744
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION & OFF-STREET PARKING! It would be difficult...

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION & 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. 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 this historic carriage house. This fully furnished condominium has too many features to list including gorgeous heart pine floors repointed exposed brick walls, beautiful cabinetry, gas fireplace, custom tiled walk-in shower, Bosch washer and dryer, stainless appliances, wine cooler

$ 489,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 678
This charming, historic, first-floor, furnished Carriage House in...

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 colored, wide plank Heart Pine flooring with exposed brick and stucco walls. The cozy living room showcases a large, gas-fueled fireplace with an English fire basket perfect for curling up with a good book on cold winter evenings. The modern kitchen offers custom cabinets, subzero refrigerator and freezer drawers, wine cooler, gas stove and washer/dryer. Plantation shutters are found throughout for added privacy. The sleek marble bath, with its clear glass walk-in shower, is conveniently located to both the living area and spacious master bedroom. Two off-street parking spaces come assigned.

$ 499,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 679
Terrific ground floor unit in the Historic Frederick Shaffer House. This...

Terrific ground floor unit in the Historic Frederick Shaffer House. This condo boasts a screened porch and gardens, as well as an open floor plan with master suite and a second bedroom and full bathroom. The original warm heart-pine floors, exposed brick fireplaces and details along with the modern amenities in the kitchen and baths make this a wonderful place to call home full time or as a second home. Gated parking at back of building off Pitt street offers one included parking space. This is a truly charming home in a great location!

$ 499,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 2 Sqft - 945
This fully renovated one-bedroom condo truly captures the quintessential...

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 patio and convenient gated off-street parking. Historic charm continues inside with beautiful hardwood floors and plenty of natural light. An updated kitchen is equipped with marble countertops and a gas stove. The spacious living room and dining area is highlighted by a decorative brick fireplace. There is also an on-site laundry facility. The circa 1818 James Jervey House is within walking distance of Gadsdenboro Park, Marion Square and nearby shopping and restaurants.

$ 525,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 800

 


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.