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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175 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 18020142 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 half bath, 1620 sqft

Second floor condo with 2 master suites located steps from the Waterfront Park! From the balcony enjoy views of the harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. ... 

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$1,299,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

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

MLS# 18020128 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, 1900 sqft

50x18 ft slip on the inside. Easy in and docking!!! 50 amp at slip.The marina has private off street parking. Main building has laundry & showers. ... 

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$69,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate

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

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

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
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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
Ansonborough
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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$980,000
Reduced -$120,000
Provided courtesy of Marshall Walker Real Estate

9 Hampden Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 18019274 / Active Contingent
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
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