What to Consider When Buying Real Estate in Charleston’s Downtown Historic District

Ever feel nervous about buying a home or moving to a new location, and think “Is this the right move for me?

A quick city-guide or list of property details can give you some insight, but there are doubts. For those moving to Charleston’s Downtown Historic District, there’s a double whammy. First, you have to wonder if downtown Charleston is right for you. Then you have to answer if you should buy a historic real estate property.

Real estate is already filled with too many decisions. To narrow your choices and get you in the right mindset, let’s dive into the questions you should ask yourself before deciding on Charleston, SC.

  1. Should I buy a historic home in Charleston?

Charleston and the outlying suburbs offer plenty of choices for real estate. You can find ranch-style properties, modern living arrangements, houses on the beach, and homes situated within historic districts. All have different pros and cons.

Historic homes in Charleston are typically located on the peninsula, giving you quick access to many workplaces, restaurants, and other entertainment options. The main selling point to historic real estate is the character of the home. No property is the same and each has a layout that has been distinguished by its previous owners (some dating back to the early 1800’s).

Living in a historic home means you get to be a part of something unique. You get a glimpse into the past few are privy to. How cool is that?

Some things you may want to research before buying include:

  • What taxes will you pay? Are there any tax credits (or incentives) from state and local governments?
  • What restrictions are there for renovating historic homes?
  • What kind of costs will you face with maintaining a historic property?
  • Does the location create a setting you want to live in or be away from?

  1. Is downtown Charleston the right location for me?

Downtown Charleston is naturally alluring. You’re connected to almost everything -- entertainment, work, travel spots, and so on. Choosing Charleston means understanding what kind of vibe you want to live among.

Downtown is more energetic and lively than other suburbs like Mount Pleasant or James Island. Restaurants and events are just blocks away. Each weekend is its own adventure. You don’t have to worry about sitting through traffic, since you’re already in the heart of things.

The price for living in downtown Charleston means less space for your dollar. Properties, here, don’t have acre-sized backyards. You’re choosing to live in a traditional, Southern home where you’re close to your neighbor. Other things to consider include knowing your flood zone. Charleston is located in a flood zone and does, occasionally, experience inclement weather. This means paying more for home and flood insurance.

  1. Does the home (or location) have the right amenities?

Depending on your lifestyle, Charleston’s Downtown Historic District may or may not be the right place for you. If you’re someone who wants to be on the beach, surfing every day … downtown Charleston may not be the best option, since you can choose a home on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, or Folly Beach.

But if you love being in the heart of activity and cherish opportunities to try new things, downtown is a great choice. Before selecting a property, perform a local Google Map search. See what parks, schools, and other venues are nearby. Example: if you’re a sailor, you’ll enjoy the marina just down the road.

Double check what effort it will take to live your lifestyle and see if it’ll be a happy (and easy) one.

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$489,900
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50 America Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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$405,000
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11 Marion Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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$795,000
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76 Society Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Residential

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$720,000
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49 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 17004923 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 3477 sqft

An incredible opportunity to own a piece of charleston history. 49 tradd street is also known as the colonel george chicken house and is revered as... 

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$1,874,650
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Charleston, SC 29401
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2 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 2858 sqft

This sophisticated south of broad condominium combines elegant classic architectural details with large-scale windows and soaring 14+ foot ceilings... 

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$2,450,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.

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Charleston, SC 29401
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4 br, 3 ba, 1 half bath, 3135 sqft

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$1,795,000
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47/49 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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$2,524,750
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47 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 17004932 / Active
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$687,850
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27 Chapel Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Residential

MLS# 17004987 / Active
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Charming duplex in the heart of wraggsborough. 2 bed/1 bath unit on the first floor and 3 bed/3 bath unit on the second and third floors. Classic... 

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$1,225,000
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Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

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A great opportunity for a live-work in the heart of the mid-town king street retail district and in close proximity to the college of charleston. T... 

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$929,000
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212 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Residential

MLS# 17005435 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1545 sqft

Lovely 2nd floor, circa 1840, 2br 2ba dripping with charleston charm. This property offers an exceptional location. Walk to almost everything: cofc... 

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$500,000
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65 Vanderhorst Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffborough
Residential

MLS# 17004812 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 530 sqft

This is a just what one is looking for, just a small space in charleston to come here on vacation and/or have rental income property in our beautif... 

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$239,000
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1 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Residential

MLS# 17004831 / Active
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$1,150,000
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32 Prioleau Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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MLS# 17004698 / Active
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$1,695,000
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142 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
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MLS# 17004603 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 half bath, 3851 sqft

Own a piece of charleston history. Beautiful stucco circa 1870 home located on beautiful historic tradd street in the sought after south of broad ... 

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$1,925,000
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30 Mary Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Upscale, private, downtown living at it's finest! This beautiful first floor condo is located in the heart of downtown charleston, within walking d... 

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$319,900
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212 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Spacious and bright first floor condo in the heart of downtown charleston. High ceilings, attractive moldings, large windows and old heart pine flo... 

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$500,000
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Charleston, SC 29401
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Residential

MLS# 17004491 / Active
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$395,000
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150 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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MLS# 17004490 / Active
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The lowest entry point currently available to bee street lofts. Stainless steel appliances, 10'+ ceilings, polished concrete floors, tiled shower a... 

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$321,000
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