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:63
Average Price:$2,203,969
Highest Listing Price:$7,495,000
Average Days On Market:166
Average Price/SqFt:$645

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Beautifully updated condo in Historic Downtown Charleston. Built in 1830...

Beautifully updated condo in Historic Downtown Charleston. Built in 1830 this Vanderhorst Street home is located in the much sought after Radcliffborough district in the heart of the city with easy access to MUSC, the College of Charleston, shopping, restaurants, parks and entertainment. Enjoy easy first floor living with off street parking right outside your door. Open living area to kitchen makes this condo feel much larger and is perfect for primary or secondary residence. Large bedroom with multiple closets and access to a private back porch ready to be used as a gym or seating area. This is your chance to be able to walk or bike to the city market, waterfront battery and so many things this wonderful city has to offer and truly enjoy Downtown Charleston living at its best.

$ 265,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 811
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

$ 319,900
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.

$ 324,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 800
Once home to former SC Lt. Governor and Congressman, Alonzo Jacob Ransier,...

Once home to former SC Lt. Governor and Congressman, Alonzo Jacob Ransier, this charming top-floor, one bed, one bath, c. 1849 ''Harleston Village'' condo boasts high ceilings and large sun-lit windows. Exposed original brickwork in the living room and bedroom, with heart pine floors throughout. Recent updates include renovated bathroom with custom tile shower, and stainless gas stove, fridge/freezer and dishwasher in the kitchen.One deeded off-street, assigned parking space included (#5). On-site laundry facility located at back of driveway, including a ground level owner/storage closet. Furniture negotiable. Unbeatable private location, within walking distance to MUSC, CofC, King Street, Colonial Lake, City Marina, and much of downtown Charleston!

$ 340,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 506
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

$ 355,000
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
Great investment opportunity in downtown Charleston! This spacious two...

Great investment opportunity in downtown Charleston! This spacious two bedroom, one bath condo is a stone's throw to MUSC and minutes to College of Charleston with great rental potential! Up the stairs you're greeted with 10' ceilings and a nice sized family room with ceiling fan. The kitchen, found adjacent to the family room, has wood cabinets, fresh paint and all appliances convey....including washer and dryer! Down the hall you'll find two very generous bedrooms, both with ceiling fans and window treatments. At the end of the hall is the full bath with fresh paint and great natural light. This condo also comes with TWO OFF STREET parking spaces! Location is unbeatable...across the street from MUSC and walking distance to parks, shops and restaurants!! Monthly regime fee covers

$ 399,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 1198
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
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
Main floor unit in the c. 1842 Hutchet House on the corner of Rutledge and...

Main floor unit in the c. 1842 Hutchet House on the corner of Rutledge and Bull. Walk up the grand entryway into your units large, sunlit living room with fireplace. Heart pine floors throughout, tall ceilings with large sunlit windows, unit well-maintained with many recent updates. Exterior of building recently repainted. Washer and dryer in unit. One deeded off-street parking space. Regime fee covers termite bond, hazard, flood & earthquake insurance, general building maintenance and garden maintenance.Unbeatable private location, within walking distance to MUSC, CofC, King Street, Colonial Lake, City Marina, and much of downtown Charleston!

$ 560,000
View details Beds - 2 Baths - 1 Sqft - 1072
Spacious condo in a super location... biking/walking distance to...

Spacious condo in a super location... biking/walking distance to everything Charleston...this unit comes with two off street parking spaces and three screened porches...currently tenant occupied this can be a great investment or convert to personal use...

$ 595,000
View details Beds - 4 Baths - 2 Sqft - 2692
Perfect pied-a-terre, sophisticated brick dependency with 2 off-street...

Perfect pied-a-terre, sophisticated brick dependency with 2 off-street parking spaces. No monthly HOA fees. Interior thoughtfully designed by architect ee fava. Nestled in quiet location convenient to all the best that Historic Charleston has to offer. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling stair hall windows bring in lots of natural light. Top-of-the-line finishes throughout.

$ 649,000
View details Beds - 1 Baths - 1 Sqft - 938

 


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.