What is the Story Behind Charleston Green? - Page 3

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!

Modify Search Criteria
Displaying results 43-63 of 3881
42 Photos 12 Elizabeth Street Charleston, SC 29403

12 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 20030415 / Active
6 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2992 Sqft

Lovely Charleston single located in wonderful Wraggborough, configured as a triplex for the past 40 yrs, and easily adaptable as a 3BR or 4BR singl... 

More Details

$1,200,000
Provided courtesy of Pate Properties Inc
34 Photos 79 Society Street UNIT E Charleston, SC 29401

79 Society Street UNIT E
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 20030311 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1356 Sqft

Beautiful second floor fully furnished, move in ready two bedroom home located in historic downtown Charleston WITH ITS OWN COVETED PARKING SPACE! ... 

More Details

$639,000
Provided courtesy of Akers Ellis Real Estate LLC
33 Photos 24 Thomas Street UNIT D Charleston, SC 29403

24 Thomas Street UNIT D
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 20030300 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1039 Sqft

Charming, stately, spacious, & clean Charleston condo. Proudly resting in upscale Radcliffeborough. High ground. Has not flooded. Hardwood floors. ... 

More Details

$399,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
15 Photos 32 Vendue Range UNIT 302 Charleston, SC 29401

32 Vendue Range UNIT 302
Charleston, SC 29401
Vendue Range
Residential

MLS# 20030209 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 979 Sqft

Opportunity to purchase a condo in Charleston's famous French Quarter. This unit has been completely renovated and updated. Building is also secure... 

More Details

$589,900
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
23 Photos 110 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

110 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20030163 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2750 Sqft

This classic 1800's home exudes all things Charleston. Built between 1859- 1862, this beautiful home has gone through a meticulous three year reno... 

More Details

$1,849,000
Reduced -$26,000
Provided courtesy of iSave Realty
15 Photos 5 1/2 Kracke Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29403

5 1/2 Kracke Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 20030162 / Active Contingent
2 br, 1 ba, 742 Sqft

This two bedroom condo is in a fantastic location walking distance to MUSC, Charleston School of Law, College of Charleston and numerous shops and ... 

More Details

$269,000
Provided courtesy of Riverland Realty
26 Photos 11 Corinne Street Charleston, SC 29403

11 Corinne Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 20030171 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1326 Sqft

Move in ready and GORGEOUS! This Neil Stevenson designed home built in 2005 is tucked in on a quiet street, yet is just blocks from fabulous King S... 

More Details

$595,000
Provided courtesy of Dunes Properties
36 Photos 93 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

93 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20030156 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3277 Sqft

Recently updated and well-priced! This chic South of Broad home, located on high ground between Broad and Tradd Streets in the Historic District, e... 

More Details

$1,895,000
Reduced -$55,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos Sold 5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT 302 Charleston, Sc 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT 302
Charleston, Sc 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 20030079 / Sold
2 br, 2 ba, 1273 Sqft

 

More Details

$979,000
Provided courtesy of East West Realty, LLC
15 Photos 157 Line Street Charleston, SC 29403

157 Line Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 20029930 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 404 Sqft

***OFFERING 5K IN CLOSING COSTS WITH FULL PRICE OFFER***CHARMING FREEDMAN'S COTTAGE WALKING DISTANCE TO KING STREET*** This classic Charleston home... 

More Details

$315,000
Reduced -$4,900
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
6 Photos 33 Lockwood Drive UNIT Lu7 Charleston, SC 29401

33 Lockwood Drive UNIT Lu7
Charleston, SC 29401
The Harborage At Ashley Marina
Residential

MLS# 20029899 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, 450 Sqft

Great 30 ft boat slip located a The Harborage at Ashley Marina, one of the premier marina facilities in the Charleston area. There are 190 owners o... 

More Details

$30,000
Provided courtesy of Century 21 Expert Advisors
56 Photos 22 Cannon Street Charleston, SC 29403

22 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 20029830 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1768 Sqft

If you're looking for urban living without compromise, Midtown is where you need to be! Here you would be in the closest possible location of the ... 

More Details

$675,000
Reduced -$25,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
14 Photos 175 Concord Street UNIT 103 Charleston, SC 29401

175 Concord Street UNIT 103
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 20029790 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1443 Sqft

Easy stroll to some of Charleston's best restaurants, shopping, waterfronts, and attractions. Open floor plan with large rooms and high ceilings, n... 

More Details

$1,150,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate
46 Photos 24 Line Street Charleston, SC 29403

24 Line Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 20029727 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2300 Sqft

Downtown Charleston in an area that is being revitalized with lots of new construction. Just steps from Meeting & Upper King Streets, The home fea... 

More Details

$825,000
Provided courtesy of Realty One Group Coastal
52 Photos 21 George Street UNIT #405 Charleston, SC 29401

21 George Street UNIT #405
Charleston, SC 29401
George and Society
Residential

MLS# 20029644 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1306 Sqft

Enjoy the epitome of Lowcountry urban living in this stylish Downtown penthouse! Full of custom features & updates this 3 bedroom 2 bath condo prov... 

More Details

$779,000
Reduced -$20,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group In
33 Photos 3 Chisolm Street UNIT 401 Charleston, SC 29401

3 Chisolm Street UNIT 401
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20029628 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1464 Sqft

Stunning New Your style loft located in Charleston's most desirable neighborhood, South of Broad. A rarity downtown, this thoughtfully planned, and... 

More Details

$740,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
2 Photos 20 Amherst Street UNIT A Charleston, SC 29403

20 Amherst Street UNIT A
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 20029596 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1071 Sqft

Handyman special, needs TLC! Amazing location! HOA fee covers water,landscaping, general liability, & flood insurance! Come see this wonderful home... 

More Details

$254,900
Provided courtesy of iSave Realty
97 Photos 29 Broad Street UNIT A,B,C Charleston, SC 29401

29 Broad Street UNIT A,B,C
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 20029516 / Active
5 br, 5 ba, 2 Half Bath, 5100 Sqft

A rare opportunity to own the McCauley Davis Building circa 1790, which has been meticulously and lovingly renovated into three income producing un... 

More Details

$5,450,000
Provided courtesy of Robertson Howland Properties
62 Photos 108 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

108 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 20029520 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2799 Sqft

This Circa 1810 double house is a charming 3 bedroom home with generous, light-filled rooms and privacy from the street. The location of this prope... 

More Details

$3,099,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
53 Photos 10 Catfiddle Street Charleston, SC 29403

10 Catfiddle Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 20029503 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2 Half Bath, 2401 Sqft

10 Catfiddle Street offers unique, luxury living in Downtown Charleston, you will not find anything else like this in our area! The gorgeous stucco... 

More Details

$1,450,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
38 Photos 97 Bogard Street Charleston, SC 29403

97 Bogard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 20029513 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1432 Sqft

Welcome to this beautifully restored 1895 Charleston single house that offers contemporary living with period details on a prime block of Elliotbor... 

More Details

$619,000
Reduced -$10,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
Residential, Land, Other Disclaimer:

Broker Reciprocity The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker ReciprocitySM Program of the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Marshall Walker Real Estate are marked with the Broker ReciprocitySM logo or the Broker ReciprocitySM thumbnail logo (a little black house) and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers. Last updated on 12-02-2020 11:00 PM EST . The broker providing these data believes them to be correct, but advises interested parties to confirm them before relying on them in a purchase decision. Copyright 2020 Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service, Inc. All rights reserved.
Commercial Sale/Lease: Copyright 2020 South Carolina commercial MLS, Inc. All rights reserved. Last updated on 12-02-2020 11:00 PM EST est.

Any images related to data from the MLS is the sole property of the MLS and not the responsibility of the owner of this website.


This real estate website and IDX data is hosted by Dynamic IDX, LLC

Follow us on