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If you’re considering buying land to build your dream home, where do you begin? That’s a question a lot of buyers have. You can just (or maybe you can) go out and say I want that piece of dirt right there and think it’s going to be easy to build your new house every time. If you are looking at Charleston SC, here is where you’d start. There are many very important factors that one needs to consider before pulling the trigger on a home site or some land in SC. Here this page will break down all the nuances, risks, and factors real estate buyers looking to purchase land lots, agricultural hunting land, and developed homesites in Charleston SC & South Carolina (or anywhere) should know going into it.

MLS Listings Data

Total Listings:1188
Average Price:$664,763
Highest Listing Price:$19,875,000
Average Days On Market:291
Average Price/SqFt:-
Charleston SC Land Lots Home Site Information, Stats, Details currently has one thousand, one hundred and eighty-eight (1188) for sale on MLS. Charleston SC Land Lots Home Site Information, Stats, Details listings have an average sales price of $664,763 ranging in price from $50,500 to $19,875,000. The average sq ft home size of Charleston SC Land Lots Home Site Information, Stats, Details Wadmalaw Island SC is 0 square feet. The largest property for sale is 0 sqft and smallest 0 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 291 days on the market.

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Number of MLS Listings 1 - 3 of 1188

Beautiful large residential/agricultural lot close to Hwy 17 with an easy commute to Charleston! Welcome to the Adams Run friendly southern community! Here is the perfect property to build your dream home farm or homestead with plenty of privacy and room to expand. Or subdivide and break the property up into smaller lots to sell. The front lot is covered in Live Oaks and mature hardwood trees and the back lot is covered in Live Oaks left after logging and planted pine trees. The property already has a power pole with meter and a well with a tank. Friendly quiet neighbors and no HOA or restrictions! Close to the Edisto and Toogoodoo river accesses!
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 9.1500 Acres
Have you been tirelessly searching for the perfect place on the water to build your dream home? Your journey ends at 550 Towles Crossing, a remarkable destination where your ideal home is waiting to be realized. The expansive building envelope presents a rare opportunity for your architectural dreams along the waterfront, weather you envision a generational home or a charming, eco-friendly abode. This unique property invites you to construct your dream home and private dock from the ground up on .67 acres that exemplifies true privacy and natural Lowcountry tidal creek beauty.The tranquility of the tidal creek and marshland that borders the entire lot ensures unmatched privacy, Build the dock first to enjoy while building! dock permit already in hand!This information herein is furnished to the best of the listing agent's and seller's knowledge, but is subject to verification by the purchaser and their agent. Listing agent nor seller does not warrant the accuracy of the information or the condition of the property. Lot size from tax records may vary. If square footage and schools, are important to buyer, buyer should independently verify The information herein is furnished to the best of the listing agent's and seller's knowledge, but is subject to verification by the purchaser and their agent. Listing agent nor seller does not warrant the accuracy of the information or the condition of the property. Lot size from tax records may vary. If square footage and schools, are important to buyer, buyer should independently verify.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 0.6700 Acres

 

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TYPES OF LOTS

The most popular kind of home site these days. If you’re wanting to build in a PUD (planned unit development) or in layman’s terms a traditional lot & block neighborhood with rules and regs usually you’re going to be ok with most of the lots for sale, as it is customary for the developer to have organized and planned out every detail for you. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some other factors you should look into (or your agent). HOAs can be a nightmare too

  1. Wooded Lot
  2. Corner Lot
  3. Cul-de-sac 

 

One of the biggest factors to consider when buying a lot here in the Charleston SC area (and all of the coastal regions of SC) is the grade or the land’s “levelness” if you will, with the surrounding land so that it is flat and not below the rest. As you’ll see in the graphic to the right, there are many ponds shown. That’s because when the surrounding land around you is at or just above sea level as is the case with coastal areas, developers have to account for all the rain runoff, and they do this by making retention ponds. Some listing agents will say a lot is “waterfront” or “pond front”, and it maybe be. However, it is actually just a required retention pond dug for fill dirt and rainwater. If you buy a lot that is near wetlands or is below grade it might cost you $15,000 in dirt just to bring the lot to grade, and level with the surrounding land. So you don’t want to buy it seeing trees, and brush only to find out after the lot has been cleared you can’t start building until you’ve spent thousands of $$ dumping truckloads of fill dirt. It might be better just to buy a lot that is already high enough or been brought up to grade. 

The three types of lots above are just common examples of what you’ll find regularly in SC. Obviously, you could have a corner wooded lot. Wooded just means it’s not on waterfront or lakefront, and the seller’s agent is conveying to the buyer that you’re in a more “foresty” type community. You’ll have to have the lot cleared of trees as well. In terms of desirability, that’s really up to the people buying it and what’s important to them. If you have small children or plan to, then those people usually want something in the back of the neighborhood on a dead-end road, or cul-de-sac. Corner lots are desirable to some because some people don’t want neighbors near, or want two ways to drive onto their property. Corner lots tend to be the more expensive when buying in development because most people like the idea of having the ability for ingress & egress from two sides of the property and not having neighbors on the sides. Then again, there are also people who don’t like the idea of having cars coming and going on both sides of them. 

MLS Listings Data

Total Listings:70
Average Price:$1,108,364
Highest Listing Price:$4,750,000
Average Days On Market:277
Average Price/SqFt:-
Charleston SC Land Lots Home Site Information, Stats, Details currently has seventy (70) for sale on MLS. Charleston SC Land Lots Home Site Information, Stats, Details listings have an average sales price of $1,108,364 ranging in price from $140,000 to $4,750,000. The average sq ft home size of Charleston SC Land Lots Home Site Information, Stats, Details Mount Pleasant SC is 0 square feet. The largest property for sale is 0 sqft and smallest 0 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 277 days on the market.

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Great location to build your new home! No HOA , close to many restaurants and shopping. This property is partially cleared.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 0.5800 Acres
Great location to build your new home! No HOA.This huge corner lot is partially cleared and very close to the I526 entrance. Lots of restaurants and shopping.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 0.8300 Acres
This rare parcel of land sits off the banks of the Wando river and is just a stones throw away from the Paradise Island Public Boat Landing! This property consists of 2 parcel totaling 4 acres of buildable land in a location primed for development. The parcels are zoned RR and capable of producing 4 buildable lots with a 1 time subdivision of non conforming lots.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 4.0000 Acres
****ALMOST 2 ACRES ON THE INTERCOASTAL WATERWAY (ICW)**** S-3 ZONING!! (3-Homes Per Acre!!) ****NO HOA OR BUILD REQUIREMENTS!! **** POSSIBLE DEEP-WATER DOCKABILITY!**ATTENTION BUILDERS/ INVESTORS/ WATERFRONT ENTHUSIASTS!!!** This is what you have been waiting for!!! HURRY!!!! - Direct Access to HAMLIN SOUND & ATLANTIC OCEAN!!!***Some Wetlands may exist... No JD's, nor studies have been done. No Recent Survey has been done either. **ALL THIS will need to be discovered, BY THE BUYER, during a DD period.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 1.8700 Acres
Great location in the Remley's Point/Scanlonville area. Just off of Mathis Ferry Road and minutes to the Ravenel Bridge. The site consists of 2 parcels with great development potential. TMS #514-11-00-087 is included in the list price. The property has 2 small cottages and a manufactured home. The front cottage needs complete renovation; the rear cottage and manufactured home are in ruins. No entry to the structures allowed. All visits to the site are required to be scheduled with the listing agent.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 0.9100 Acres
Lot is cleared and ready to build! Well and septic system installed. Owner has plans and approvals for a one bedroom Barndominium on a beautifully developed site. Charleston County HPC has approved the plans. Potential for an additional 2000 sqft. building pad site on the 1.89 Acre property.
View details Lot/Home Site Size - 1.8900 Acres

 

LOT SHAPES

The shape and size of a lot can also be a considerable factor when you’re looking to purchase “dirt” for building a home. In the case above where you’re looking to buy in a PUD, the builder/developers have already subdivided tracts of land such that it maximizes their profitability. They don’t usually take the shape of the lot into much consideration, and they design out the neighborhood to make sure they: One – get county and city building and zoning approval, and Two so they can sell as many homes as possible. 

 

Obviously the shape of the lot will vary based on the shape and size of the land that has been developed, how the roads have been cut, sidewalks, the requirements of the city, easements, and appurtenances, etc., but above are the most generic common shapes you’ll find. Obviously, when building a home on a pie-shaped lot they will be on a cul-de-sac, AND it can be tricky for an architect to design (depending on size) is something to consider.

 

COMMON GLOSSARY OF TERMS TO KNOW WHEN CONSIDERING BUYING DIRT/LAND/LOT 

 

  1. Setbacks – The amount of required space your property must be away from another home, the road etc. is the minimum distance which a building or other structure must be set back from a street or road, a river or other stream, a shore or flood plain, or any other place which is deemed to need protection. 
  2. Easement – is a legal right to use another’s land for a specific limited purpose. In other words, when someone is granted an easement, he is granted the legal right to use the property, but the legal title to the land itself remains with the owner of the land. This usually mostly applies to things like city / neighborhood drainage easements, and utilities. 
  3. HOA – As mentioned above if you buy a lot to build a home in a PUD you’re going to have a Home Owners Assoc. which is going to have rules and regulations you HAVE to adhere to as part of the neighborhood. If you don’t can result in fines and hassle. For this reason, many people do not like PUDs. 
  4. Regime Fees – Very similar to HOA fees (mainly just a legal name difference) in many instances, if your neighborhood has amenities, common areas etc.. there will be fees due often times at closing, monthly or quarterly to maintain and pay for those items. 
  5. Building Restrictions – if you purchase a lot in a PUD where the developer is just selling lots and not also building homes – PUDs, city or county will have rules and restrictions that your home design must adhere to or not do. So ask for a copy of the building codes BEFORE buying the lot. Especially, if you already have architectural drawings completed or a home plan you want to use. 

 

LAND LOT SALES TRENDS FOR CHARLESTON SC

Above is a three-year graph of the number of land lot listings sold in the Charleston SC region year over year since 2016. 

 

FLOOD RISK

Here is Charleston SC, which is much different from some of our state’s other major markets of Columbia (Midlands), and Greenville/Spartanburg (Upstate) flooding is a regular way of life that one must consider when owning or buying real estate in the low-country. Coastal areas such as: Sullivan’s IslandHilton Head, Pawley’s Island, Edisto, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Isle of Palms, and all of Charleston SC people have to always consider the floor risk. Especially if you’re looking to buy a waterfront property then building your house off the ground is a must. Virtually all the land near the coast of South Carolina will be close to or at sea level, and although direct hits from hurricanes, believe it or not, are rare, the tidal surge is not as rare. With high tides and deluges of rain from tropical storms, you have to have flood insurance in most instances even if you’re in an X zone which technically doesn’t require it. It is still smart. 

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