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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16 Photos 92 Spring Street Charleston, SC 29403

92 Spring Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 19008169 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, 341 Sqft

92 A Spring Street is fully renovated in its original vernacular and a carefully preserved historic commercial offering in the heart of downtown. ... 

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$319,990
Provided courtesy of Tift Properties
34 Photos 25 Chapel Street Charleston, SC 29403

25 Chapel Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 19008096 / Active
7 br, 4 ba, 3077 Sqft

Wonderful TRIPLEX in desirable Wraggborough. Live in the Front Unit and rent the back 2. Large Main Unit with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Open floor pl... 

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$1,290,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
24 Photos 259 E Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

259 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19007934 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 636 Sqft

Spacious condominium on the first floor. Fully updated with tile, hardwoods and carpet. New HVAC split system. Off street parking and swimming pool... 

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$329,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
30 Photos 259 E Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

259 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19007926 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 636 Sqft

Spacious top floor condominium with balcony. Panoramic views. Fully updated/renovated. Hardwoods, tile and carpet. Stainless steel appliances. New ... 

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$369,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
5 Photos 59 Cooper Street Charleston, SC 29403

59 Cooper Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19008028 / Active
3 br, 1 ba, 2614 Sqft

Here is your opportunity to grab a great spot in the desired Eastside area of Charleston, near the Cigar Factory. This 3 bedroom home sits on a nic... 

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$375,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
46 Photos 113 Line Street Charleston, SC 29403

113 Line Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 19007871 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1380 Sqft

Don't miss your opportunity to preview this beautifully renovated Charleston Single located in the heart of Elliotborough. This well preserved home... 

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$525,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
35 Photos 6 Rosemont Street Charleston, SC 29403

6 Rosemont Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19007877 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1584 Sqft

Excellent opportunity to own an income producing property located on the peninsula for under $500k! Live in one side and rent out the other to cove... 

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$465,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate
22 Photos 65 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, SC 29403

65 Vanderhorst Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19007711 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 800 Sqft

BEAUTIFUL ONE BEDROOM CONDO DOWNTOWN- NEW HVAC & TANKLESS WATER HEATER! 65 G Vanderhorst Street is the ultimate walk-to-everything location in down... 

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$350,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
15 Photos 17 Poulnot Lane Charleston, SC 29401

17 Poulnot Lane
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19007755 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1901 Sqft

Sophisticated Fitzsimons townhouse with walled garden and covered parking. Lease is in place with income of $49,800. Just off Queen Street on a cha... 

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$789,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
41 Photos 55 Hasell Street Charleston, SC 29401

55 Hasell Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19007698 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1348 Sqft

Inviting 1830's historic condominium two blocks from the market and centrally positioned within Ansonborough Neighborhood steps away from shops, di... 

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$675,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
25 Photos 63 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

63 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
Berkeley Court
Residential

MLS# 19007641 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 306 Sqft

Berkeley Court condominiums are located in downtown Charleston and convenient to shopping, restaurants and historic areas. Not to mention the BEAUT... 

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$200,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
32 Photos 143 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

143 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19007651 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2400 Sqft

Charming double porches, a wrought iron gate and bricked path welcome you to this historic property. Built in 1870, this impeccably restored Charl... 

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$1,390,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
29 Photos 18 Fulton Street Charleston, SC 29401

18 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19007627 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1360 Sqft

This four bedroom townhouse is located only a few doors away from King Street on a quiet lane in Harleston Village. There is a loft on the third w... 

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$695,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
16 Photos 108 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29403

108 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffe Square
Residential

MLS# 19007568 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1194 Sqft

Rare opportunity!! Charming 2 bedroom house in walking distance to King Street, MUSC, College of Charleston, the farmer's market and many other thi... 

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$539,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
80 Photos 55 Radcliffe Street Charleston, SC 29403

55 Radcliffe Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19007952 / Active
12 br, 6 ba, 6804 Sqft

Presenting 55 Radcliffe, commonly known as 24 Thomas. Circa 1872. Comprised of six individually deeded condominiums. Symmetrically designed w/ iden... 

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$2,200,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
40 Photos 150 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401

150 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Bee Street Lofts
Residential

MLS# 19007550 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 806 Sqft

This gorgeous industrial style loft includes contemporary finishes and opens directly onto the large courtyard offering incredible views of the Ash... 

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$329,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
51 Photos 50 South Battery Street Charleston, SC 29401

50 South Battery Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19007537 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1820 Sqft

Distinctive beauty! Constructed by Charles Drake circa 1890 this home includes design influences of the Colonial Revival, Queen Anne and Arts and C... 

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$900,000
Provided courtesy of Elaine Brabham and Associates
20 Photos 78 Legare Street Charleston, SC 29401

78 Legare Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19007488 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2037 Sqft

The living is easy in this 3-story brick townhouse, close to everything that Charleston has to offer. Perfect for your primary residence or a char... 

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$769,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
15 Photos 108 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29403

108 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19007454 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1194 Sqft

Tucked away on a private drive, this lovely low maintenance home is located steps away from MUSC, College of Charleston and the exquisite dining an... 

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$549,000
Provided courtesy of Smith Spencer Real Estate
53 Photos 44 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401

44 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19007405 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2 Half Bath, 4293 Sqft

A true showcase from early 1800. This stately, elevated home is located on prestigious lower Meeting Street. Thoughtfully expanded over the centuri... 

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$3,100,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
14 Photos 155 Line Street Charleston, SC 29403

155 Line Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 19007320 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 404 Sqft

Welcome to 155 Line Street. This beautiful Freedman's Cottage is a textbook example of a real traditional Freedman's Cottage. It was even highlight... 

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$355,000
Provided courtesy of Maven Realty
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