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. 

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Total Listings:
72
Average Price:
$2,555,299
Highest Listing Price:
$13,999,000
Average Days On Market:
186
Average Price/Sqft:
$690

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Charming Historic home in the heart of Walterboro. Built in 1820 then...

Charming Historic home in the heart of Walterboro. Built in 1820 then moved to Hampton Street in 1919 sits on a double lot - conveniently located to downtown shops & dining, library, USC-Salk and more! New roof and HVAC in 2014, recently updated electric and gas, brand new kitchen appliances and W&D (all included). The owners have made modern renovations while maintaining the integrity of the home. The house has a unique combination of plaster and wainscot of 20'' single board southern pine. Besides all of the built-in storage throughout the house, a couple of antique pieces of furniture will remain, as well as, all of custom-made blinds and designer window treatments.

$ 239,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 2 Sqft - 1670
Discover Historic Downtown Charleston living at its finest on highly...

Discover Historic Downtown Charleston living at its finest on highly sought Vanderhorst Street! Situated in the heart of the city, just 2 blocks from MUSC, College of Charleston, & the King Street shopping district, the location is superb! Walk or bike to work, dining & entertainment. Slightly over a mile to the Charleston City Market, Waterfront Park & The Battery, enjoy scenic tours within minutes of home. This 1st floor unit was completely renovated in 2018. New kitchen (cabinets, pantry, appliances, disposal, & granite countertops), bathroom, fixtures, lighting, electrical updates, luxury vinyl plank floors throughout, & more! Parking is conveniently located right outside unit's door & includes 2 street decals. HOA covers master homeowner/flood policies, water/trash/recycling.

$ 250,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 811
** SELLER SAYS MAKE AN OFFER **One off-street deeded parking space and a...

** SELLER SAYS MAKE AN OFFER **One off-street deeded parking space and a pass for street parking through the city.Beautiful first floor condo located in downtown Charleston within walking distance of MUSC, College of Charleston and local parks. Stainless steel appliances in kitchen and granite counter tops. Tiled floors in kitchen and bathroom and original hardwood floors in rest of condo living area. Traditional crown moldings on windows and doorways. Exposed brick wall and brick fireplace(non-working). Two new mitsubishi wall mounted air units installed. Laundry room on site. If square footage important buyer to measure. Square footage from Floor Plan Online measurements.

$ 255,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 500
BEAUTIFUL ONE BEDROOM CONDO DOWNTOWN- NEW HVAC & TANKLESS WATER HEATER! 65...

BEAUTIFUL ONE BEDROOM CONDO DOWNTOWN- NEW HVAC & TANKLESS WATER HEATER! 65 G Vanderhorst Street is the ultimate walk-to-everything location in downtown Charleston. This beautiful condo includes many upgrades while still maintaining the beauty of a historic home. Two blocks from College of Charleston, MUSC, & King Street. This location allows the flexibility to walk or bike to school, work, shopping, & dining downtown. This unit has all the charm you'd hope for in a downtown property including a large porch for morning coffee or relaxing in the evening, historic details and trim in the living room, original wood floors, tons of natural light, and high ceilings. One off-street parking space in the back of the home and two on the street ensure plenty of parking. Easily the best deal in town!

$ 289,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 800
Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough priced at under...

Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough priced at under $350,000 (where single-family homes cost in excess of $1,000,000). And you have a designated on-site parking space. This turn-key apartment located on the ground floor (no stairs to climb) is perfect for a second home, weekend get-away, or investment property. Enjoy Charleston living at its finest as you relax with your favorite wine and watch the horse drawn carriages from your outside porch on Hasell Street. Features include gorgeous wood floors, gas fireplace, claw foot bath, and washer & dryer. One on-site (off street) designated parking space is also included - a ''must'' for the downtown area. Low monthly regime fee covers insurance, water & sewer, exterior building maintenance, etc.

$ 329,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 500
Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough for under $350,000...

Charming pied-a-terre in the heart of Ansonborough for under $350,000 (where single-family homes are priced in excess of $1,000,000). And you have a designated on-site parking space, a ''must'' for downtown. This turn-key apartment located on the ground floor (no stairs to climb) is perfect for a second home, weekend get-away, or investment property. Walk everywhere and enjoy Charleston at its finest - The Gaillard, shopping on King (2 blocks west) & dining at world class restaurants on East Bay (1.5 blocks east). Features include gorgeous wood floors totally modern kitchen with granite countertops, cherry cabinets, stainless appliances, gourmet range, dishwasher, custom tiled walk-in shower. Low regime fee includes insurance, water, termite bond, pest control and exterior maintenance.

$ 329,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 516
HISTORIC 1800;s PLANTATION STYLE HOME with OVER 4000 SQFT and SOARING 14...

HISTORIC 1800;s PLANTATION STYLE HOME with OVER 4000 SQFT and SOARING 14 FOOT CEILINGS!!!! FULL FRONT PORCH to enjoy welcoming guests as they notice the immaculate Curb Appeal before stepping into the home. This unique home has great Bones and character and craftsmanship you just can't find in New Construction! There is ample opportunity to make this home your own. Beamed ceilings, tiled flooring, BRICK FIREPLACES!!! This home is THREE STORIES! Original HEART PINE FLOORS!!! This is TRULY A RENOVATORS DREAM!!! Come view this property today!!!

$ 359,900
View details Beds - 5 Baths - 3 Sqft - 4418
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. There is an additional brick ranch home on the property with approximately 1400 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms /2 full bathrooms - possible rental. This property is less than an hour from historic Charleston & Savannnah

$ 375,000
View details Beds - 8 Baths - 3 Sqft - 4087
SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK WALK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! HISTORIC...

SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK WALK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD OF HARLESTON VILLAGE, LARGE AND SPACIOUS GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS. GREAT FEATURES. KITCHEN OVERLOOKING LARGE DEN WITH FIREPLACE (NON-WORKING), 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS...TRADITIONALLY RENTED FOR $4,400/MONTH. SALE MAY NEED 3RD PARTY APPROVAL,

$ 429,000
View details Beds - 4 Baths - 2 Sqft - 2120
Welcome to the historic Hutchet House! This condo is on the main level of...

Welcome to the historic Hutchet House! This condo is on the main level of this 6-unit building. This two bedroom condominium is centrally located on the Charleston Peninsula. Recently renovated kitchen! Walking distance to both MUSC and the College of Charleston. Short stroll to many restaurants, parks and activities. 1 parking space.

$ 450,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 1043
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 - 590
Welcome to 81 Ashley Ave! This restored & renovated condominium in the...

Welcome to 81 Ashley Ave! This restored & renovated condominium in the heart of Harleston Village is one block from beautiful Colonial Lake & has you within walking distance to some of the most iconic restaurants & shops Charleston has to offer. Inside this spacious first floor condo, you'll notice gorgeous features including 10'+ ceilings, restored original heart pine floors in the master, living room, & dining room, original restored pocket doors, & two working gas fireplaces in the living room & dining room with restored, custom milled mantles. The recently renovated, spacious eat-in kitchen is equipped with granite countertops, marble floors, custom lighting, cherry wood kitchen cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, & new appliances.

$ 525,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 2 Sqft - 1600

 


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. 

 

 

 

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