Consider This When Buying Real Estate in Charleston’s 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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37 Photos 55 Warren Street Charleston, SC 29403

55 Warren Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19026555 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1530 Sqft

Carolopolis Award winning Charleston single home built in 1872 has been renovated in 2008 and 2012 while retaining much of its original charm. You'... 

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$925,000
Provided courtesy of Redfin Corporation
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Open House: Sun September 22nd, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
8 Jasper Street Charleston, SC 29403

8 Jasper Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19026498 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2544 Sqft

Situated just minutes from King Street and College of Charleston, this beautiful Radcliffeborough home boasts character and charm that you can only... 

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$719,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
42 Photos 5 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

5 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19026496 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3100 Sqft

This elegant South of Broad masonry home has the best to offer. The turn-of-the-century open floor plan is flooded with light and historic details.... 

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$1,395,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
11 Photos 17 Ascot Alley Charleston, SC 29401

17 Ascot Alley
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Green
Residential

MLS# 19026467 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1560 Sqft

Fabulous location just a few blocks from the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston School of Law, and all that do... 

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$509,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
24 Photos 14 Elizabeth Street Charleston, SC 29403

14 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 19026441 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1002 Sqft

Beautiful, gated two bedroom condo in Downtown Charleston. This condo includes many upgrades while still maintaining the beauty of a historic home ... 

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$499,500
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
35 Photos 70 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403

70 Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 19026404 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2784 Sqft

Nestled in the heart of downtown Charleston, 70 Nassau Street is unlike any other home in this area. Comprised of three individual units, this comp... 

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$925,000
Provided courtesy of Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
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1 Harlem Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19026362 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 568 Sqft

Own a unique piece of Charleston history. This completely renovated cottage is set in a picturesque part of the city. You are walking distance of... 

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$525,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Services
32 Photos 1 Limehouse Street Charleston, SC 29401

1 Limehouse Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19026262 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 2686 Sqft

Step into your South of Broad lifestyle! This classic Colonial is fresh and bright. The broad double front piazza is inviting and perfect for laz... 

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$1,745,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
25 Photos 58 Laurens Street Charleston, SC 29401

58 Laurens Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19026345 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 2752 Sqft

Located in the historic district of the peninsula, welcome to 58 Laurens St. This duplex offers the historic Charleston charm that you're looking f... 

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$1,390,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
29 Photos 150 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

150 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19026323 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1899 Sqft

This is the perfect property if your Client is looking for a Historic turn key property South of Broad. Beautiful hardwood floors , lots of light a... 

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$1,495,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
26 Photos 67 Legare Street Charleston, SC 29401

67 Legare Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Crafts House
Residential

MLS# 19026166 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1464 Sqft

A rare opportunity to own one of the largest units in the highly coveted Crafts House on the corner of Queen and Legare Street in Harleston Village... 

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$995,000
Provided courtesy of Robertson Howland Properties
21 Photos 77 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29401

77 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19026155 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1964 Sqft

This home is ideally located, within 2 blocks of C of C and MUSC, as well as walking distance to some of the city's most popular shops and restaura... 

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$650,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
6 Photos 90 Logan Street Charleston, SC 29401

90 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19026258 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1820 Sqft

Freshly painted end unit townhome centrally located downtown with off street parking and private fenced courtyard. The main level includes a large ... 

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$645,390
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
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Open House: Sun September 22nd, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
48 Montagu Street Charleston, SC 29401

48 Montagu Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19026092 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1439 Sqft

This property checks all the boxes - historic charm, private outdoor piazza with garden, and off-street parking! Fabulous, fully renovated condo ... 

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$695,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
29 Photos 16 Bogard Street Charleston, SC 29403

16 Bogard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 19026030 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1704 Sqft

Investor Alert! - 4 bedroom 2 bath home in Elliottborough that has been a strong rental for the last 10 years. Home is currently rented for $3650 p... 

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$650,000
Provided courtesy of Marshall Walker Real Estate
17 Photos 21 George Street Charleston, SC 29401

21 George Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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Residential

MLS# 19026017 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1306 Sqft

Fabulous location between King and Meeting. Great open living space with soaring ceiling in living and dining areas. Loft area with half bath coul... 

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$935,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
16 Photos 3 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

3 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 19026006 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 778 Sqft

Unbelievable opportunity for a fabulously located one bedroom condominium in the heart of the French Quarter. This loft style unit is situated in a... 

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$529,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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Open House: Sat September 21st, 10:30am - 1:00pm
123 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

123 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 19026000 / Active
5 br, 2 ba, 2618 Sqft

A charming downtown home on a corner lot at Cannon Park within walking distance to MUSC and Roper Hospitals, College of Charleston, and more. Feat... 

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$1,295,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
27 Photos 59 Radcliffe Street Charleston, SC 29403

59 Radcliffe Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Residential

MLS# 19025991 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1018 Sqft

Charming, modern new construction house with 2 bedrooms plus 2.5 baths and off-street parking on tree-lined street surrounded by historic homes and... 

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$575,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group
39 Photos 135 South Battery Charleston, SC 29401

135 South Battery
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Residential

MLS# 19025972 / Active
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Owner has experienced no flooding inside home during recent storms. Set back from the street under the canopy of a gorgeous live oak, this brick Ge... 

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$3,650,000
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46 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 19025942 / Active
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Welcome to The Gadsden, Charleston's newest Luxury Condo Community! **This highly desired Third Floor unit with a Private Porch, Water Views & Open... 

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