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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:42
Average Price:$2,446,286
Highest Listing Price:$13,900,000
Average Days On Market:60
Average Price/SqFt:$775
Charleston SC Historic Homes For Sale currently has fourty-two (42) for sale on MLS. Charleston SC Historic Homes For Sale listings have an average sales price of $2,446,286 ranging in price from $450,000 to $13,900,000. The average sq ft home size of Charleston SC Historic Homes For Sale Charleston SC is 3,158 square feet. The largest property for sale is 14,726 sqft and smallest 383 sqft. View property listings for sale by price, street, subdivision, age, property type, location, features, size, and listing date, and time on MLS with an of 60 days on the market.

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This downtown Charleston studio is the epitome of quaint and cozy living. With captivating hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and a fully equipped kitchen, it seamlessly combines historic allure with modern comfort. The studio is cleverly designed to maximize its compact size. The fully equipped and updated kitchen invites you to whip up culinary delights, complete with all the amenities you need for enjoyable cooking experiences. The loft area serves as the perfect sleeping nook, creating a sense of separation and privacy from the living and kitchen spaces below. The studio includes one full bathroom, with everything you need for unwinding after a day exploring the vibrant streets of Charleston, including a washer and dryer. Parking is a breeze, MORE
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Welcome to your own slice of Southern charm in the historic Ansonborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston. This exquisite, turnkey, 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom studio offers the perfect blend of modern amenities and historic character, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking the quintessential Charleston experience.The studio features the original heart pine floors from 1840, a beautiful gas fireplace, and 10-foot ceilings with crown molding. Recent renovations have thoughtfully separated the bedroom area from the living space and introduced a brand-new porcelain shower and custom vanity. As a top unit, you have semi-private access to the front porch, offering a charming outdoor space to take in the sights and sounds of the historic neighborhood. Rarely found in downtown
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Proposed Construction...Welcome to West Ashley's Cordgrass Landing! This boutique, intimate community features 55 homesites. Two-story floorplans range from 2,200 square feet to over 3,900 square feet and offer up to six bedrooms. Most plans include a designated home office, flex or bonus room, or extra bedroom perfect for homeschooling or when working from home! Cordgrass Landing is nestled next to Rantowles Creek and Stono River County Park and covered by mature trees - exuding Charleston charm! Future amenities will include a playground and walking trails. Enjoy being close to town, but out of town at Cordgrass Landing - conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown, 30 minutes to the beach and 8 minutes to area shopping!
View details Beds - 4 Baths - 2 Sqft - 2475
Experience the convenience of living just steps away from Downtown's finest restaurants and shops! This captivating two-story charmer, nestled in the vibrant Eastside neighborhood, has undergone a recent renovation and is ready for it's new owners! As you step onto the welcoming front porch, prepare to love the seamless flow of the first floor. The inviting living space is filled with natural light and effortlessly transitions into the open-concept dining room and kitchen--a layout tailor-made for hosting unforgettable gatherings. You'll be smitten with the stunning, brand-new, oversized kitchen featuring a chic peninsula-style island and a pantry with a convenient prep bar. The first floor also boasts a stylish half bathroom and a custom dry bar with shelving that cleverly doubles as
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This 2 bedroom furnished condo (with the exception of Owner personal items & wall art/pictures), located in the heart of Downtown Charleston. Access to all fine dining, shopping, entertainment, schools, hospitals, employment, & great location for College of Charleston students. Renovated kitchen with stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, & ceramic tile backsplash, renovated bathroom.
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Nestled in a charming brick-lined passage known as Pilot's Alley, this ground floor condominium boasts a fascinating history tied to Charleston's maritime heritage. Originally named after Justinus Stoll, who constructed a residence on Stoll's Alley in the mid-18th century, this hidden gem offers a truly unique living experience just off East Bay Street. The well-designed basement floor plan of this residence ensures easy living, featuring beautiful beamed ceilings that add character and charm. The main living area includes a spacious living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a convenient laundry room, and an office or second bedroom complete with a full bathroom. The large main bedroom and bathroom provide a tranquil retreat for relaxation. Whether you're seeking a perfect
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Welcome to this charming and recently renovated one-bedroom ground floor condominium, ideally situated at the corner of Tradd and East Bay. As you step into the foyer, you'll be greeted by a cozy sitting area, setting the tone for a warm and inviting pied-a-terre experience. The great room offers a spacious and versatile living space, perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing after a day of exploring Charleston's vibrant streets. The functional kitchen provides all the necessary amenities for preparing meals, while the large master suite boasts two closets and the convenience of a washer and dryer.One of the greatest advantages of this home is its prime location. Within a short walk, you'll find yourself at the Battery, where you can enjoy the stunning views and serene atmosphere
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You must see this meticulously restored 1820s Charleston Single overlooking Hampstead Square. It's an easy walk to the Cigar Factory and Historic King and Meeting Street's many local boutiques and eateries. This home was completely restored in 2005--under the ownership of William Bates--from the original timber frame structure, and heart-of-pine floors to the 19th Century light fixtures. (Mr. Bates founded the Drawing and Design Department at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston.) Custom plaster details by renowned master artisan David Flaherty - the master plasterer for the Dept of State and The White House. The kitchen and the bathrooms are all updated and a beautiful full bath was recently added to the front bedroom creating dual master bedrooms.
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Updated historic Charleston single home, centrally located just steps away from the dining & shops on King and Meeting Street. Located in an X Flood Zone & Opportunity Zone! The large lot offers plenty of off-street parking with signature double piazzas providing great outdoor spaces. The home's grand staircase seems to divide the home into four separate areas, perfect for a mother-in-law & guest suites, or living with extended family or roommates. The layout includes a kitchen on each floor, and two ''efficiency'' bedrooms (one on each floor) with sink, refrigerator, & kitchenette. The possibilities are endless! New HVAC, appliances, tankless water heater. Conveniently located: College of Charleston-1 mile, MUSC-1.1 mile, Citadel-1.7 miles, and a 5-10 minute walk to restaurants & shops.
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Presenting this exquisite turn-key charmer, prominently located in the heart of downtown Charleston's coveted Harleston Village neighborhood. Meticulously updated and modernized with an extensive renovation in 2021, this remarkable 1840 Colonial style property is being offered fully furnished and move-in ready. Nestled on the first level of the historic Heriot-Grimball house, 81 Ashley Avenue A enjoys an enviable position, merely one block away from the scenic Colonial Lake and Park. This captivating property presents an exceptional opportunity for a primary residence, vacation rental, or a lock-and-leave lifestyle. (Property has been rented for the majority of current ownership; rental history is available upon request.)
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Commercial property located in the short term rental overlay. The lot is approximately 146' x 33' (.11 acre). 190 Coming Street is rated a Category 4 on the Architectural Inventory for Charleston and is zoned Diverse Residential DR-2F. It's also in the Old City District, the Old City Height District, the Amusement and Recreation District and is in the SC Opportunity Zone. The seller says that this is one of the oldest if not THE oldest barbershops in Charleston. One of several properties owned in the 19th century by descendants of the Cohen family. Building was originally constructed as a one-room house, moved from next door to make way for the expansion of the Immaculate Conception Catholic School gymnasium. Needs further research.
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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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