What is the Story Behind Charleston Green?

Charleston Green

Our fair and Holy City of Charleston, South Carolina, is painted with dabs and dots of a single signature color, which is commonly referred to as Charleston Green. It's a color that could dress up the shabbiest Charleston single house, and aggrandize the smallest freedman's cottage.

A green so dark it appears black, it lends an air of subtle chameleon mystery to streets with light streaming through moss draped trees. The color changes as you move and elevates what might have been a simple flat black to a rich and dignified tone.

The History Behind Charleston Green

Charleston Green lends a formal sensibility, but the purported history is more rebellious. The origin of the color is contested, but the story goes that after the American Civil War, the Union sent buckets of plain black government-issued paint down to Charleston to gloss over what war had done to the city. But Charlestonians, less than impressed with boring black, added yellow and blue (or green, depending on the source) to make the deep forest green now named for the city where it originated. 

How to Use Charleston Green on Your Home

If you're strolling Downtown Charleston on the brick, pavement, or cobblestone streets, you'll notice the hue applied to front doors, window shutters, Italianate trim and even balustrades. There's no right or wrong way to use Charleston Green, but do remember that direct sunlight will heat the dark color and could cause it to bubble, or even be hot to the touch—a danger those moss draped trees can alleviate, since the Charleston housing market is quite hot enough on its own.

This deepest-deep green hue can be used in a variety of different exterior color schemes. The most classic is off-white with Charleston Green shutters and doors. Green shutters can compliment a lighter green home, a yellow home, or even a pink one.

If you'd like to add a touch of black-tie class, but don't want to darken your overall palette, try painting just the front door, or brushing the window sashes with Charleston Green while the casing remains white. Some homes paint only their front steps in the color. Window boxes are a nice place to add a deep green to bring out the green leaves and flowers and provide a visual anchor to the shape of the windows. Think of them as the strong brows on the face of your home.

You can also pull the color inside by using it on an interior staircase or in a study. Give a high-style makeover to a small half bath with a stunning high gloss enamel finish or treat a mantle to a stroke of dark green.

While the color chip is readily available from Historic Charleston Foundation's collection at your nearest Sherwin-Williams, you could also mix your own using a local recipe:

DIY: Charleston Green Recipe

10 ounces black paint

4 ounces green paint

½ ounce yellow paint 

Now that you know what to look for, the next time you're walking South of Broad , you'll more easily spot the difference between a true black hue and the trademark tint that we call Charleston Green. 

Looking for something different? See below for current listings downtown Charleston!

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208 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 18019896 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 943 sqft

Don't miss this investment opportunity. A few minutes walk from MUSC and College of Charleston. Well preserved 1835 year built house with beautifu... 

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$279,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina Elite Real Estate

208 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 18019893 / Active
3 br, 1 ba, 1 half bath, 1500 sqft

Don't miss this investment opportunity. A few minutes walk from MUSC and College of Charleston. 1500 square feet of well preserved 1835 year buil... 

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$359,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina Elite Real Estate

348 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 18019885 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 762 sqft

The perfect location right in the heart of the number one city in the world as ranked by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Walk to everything! All the b... 

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$419,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty

377 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 18019886 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 674 sqft

Located in the heart of Charleston, right on King Street, this is an absolutely gorgeous end unit condo with high ceilings, exposed brick and top o... 

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$399,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty

55 Laurens Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 18019842 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 800 sqft

Beautifully appointed and renovated condominium in historic Ansonborough with off street parking and a private courtyard. This property is being s... 

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$479,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties

11 Smith Place
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Green
Residential

MLS# 18019812 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 1440 sqft

Welcome to 11 Smith in the heart of Harleston Village.This subdivision, Harleston Green, has only a few homes tucked away from the busy thoroughfar... 

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$810,000
Provided courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

85 Cumberland Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 18019931 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 631 sqft

Third floor apartment with beautiful views of St Philips church and churchyard. Hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and top of the line appliance... 

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$489,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties

33 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
The Harborage At Ashley Marina
Residential

MLS# 18019636 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, 720 sqft

The closest location in marina to parking lot... This is the PRIME SPOT!!! Close to bathrooms, showers, laundry, and fuel dock.40 x 17.5 foot boat... 

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$65,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate

63 Radcliffe Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 18019823 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 1495 sqft

You will immediately be impressed with the impeccable renovation of this classic Charleston Single. The attention to detail is second to none - thi... 

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$825,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC

86 1/2 Beaufain
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 18019401 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 half bath, 1260 sqft

Gorgeous Carriage house renovated 2006. convenient to MUSC, VA Hospital and College of Charleston. Located off-street. Information and measuremen... 

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$550,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

2 Trumbo Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 18019351 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1558 sqft

Truly a UNIQUE find in Charleston!!! Perfect pied a terre. Newer construction with the exterior charm of a 1870's down town home. Absolutely gorgeo... 

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$1,300,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

168 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 18019336 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 half bath, 2700 sqft

Fabulous, fully renovated, historic home is perfect as a pied-a-terre or permanent home. The ground floor is an apartment with full kitchen and liv... 

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$1,400,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

4 Bogard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 18019292 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 half bath, 2804 sqft

Fabulous opportunity in Cannonborough-Elliottborough neighborhood of the lower Peninsula of Charleston. This property features 2 single family home... 

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$1,100,000
Provided courtesy of Marshall Walker Real Estate

9 Hampden Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 18019274 / Active
3 br, 1 ba, 1 half bath, 1316 sqft

Charleston Single Style home with double side covered piazzas features three bedrooms, one full and one-half bath. Sits on a deep lot with off-str... 

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$450,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

26 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 18019270 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 1668 sqft

26 A Cannon Street is a three story condominium with two dedicated off-street parking spaces. The first floor is an open layout. Kitchen has lots... 

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$585,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

150 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Bee Street Lofts
Residential

MLS# 18019256 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 2020 sqft

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION, Pristine, updated Luxury Loft with dual masters, totally updated, 2020 sf, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Ariel floor plan, gat... 

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$528,800
Provided courtesy of Charleston Welcome Home

251 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 18019175 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 487 sqft

Perfectly Placed Pied a Terre! Walk to all Charleston has to offer. This adorable, bright updated unit is right in the heart of the College of Char... 

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$325,000
Provided courtesy of Hudson Phillips Properties Charleston LLC

1 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 18019107 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 1880 sqft

1 Bee Street was built in 1900 when Charleston was turning from an agricultural dominated market to a industrial based economy. Around this time t... 

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$750,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

38 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 18019070 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1860 sqft

Don't pay for parking downtown! South of Broad this completely renovated 3 bedroom, 3 FULL bath condo WITH a GARAGE has it all. From its refinished... 

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$925,000
Provided courtesy of Coastal Premier Prime Properties

108 America Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 18018948 / Active
3 br, 1 ba, 1696 sqft

This house has been opened up to the studs and is ready for renovation. Exposed heart pine beams and hardwood floors highlight this 1885 classic. T... 

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$389,000
Provided courtesy of Drayton Real Estate.Com

22 Council Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 18018881 / Active
8 br, 3 ba, 1 half bath, 2998 sqft

Rare find! Beautiful duplex South of Broad that's just 2 blocks from Colonial Lake & the Battery. This is a one of a kind location & setup with a 4... 

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$1,399,000
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
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