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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36 Photos 55 Ashley Avenue UNIT #9 Charleston, SC 29401

55 Ashley Avenue UNIT #9
Charleston, SC 29401
Baker House
Residential

MLS# 21025686 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1065 Sqft

Your residence awaits at the highly sought-after Baker House, in the very heart of downtown Charleston. This beautiful, historic building overlooks... 

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$535,000
Provided courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty
49 Photos 54 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

54 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21025513 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 5858 Sqft

The William Vanderhorst house. This gorgeous home, circa 1740, has gracious rooms with soaring ceilings! Grand living room features cypress panelin... 

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$4,450,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos Sold 67 Legare Street UNIT #401 Charleston, Sc 29401

67 Legare Street UNIT #401
Charleston, Sc 29401
Crafts House
Residential

MLS# 21025508 / Sold
1 br, 1 ba, 943 Sqft

 

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$613,500
Provided courtesy of Charleston GPS, LLC
17 Photos 9 Kennedy Court Charleston, SC 29403

9 Kennedy Court
Charleston, SC 29403
City of Charleston
Residential

MLS# 21025480 / Active
5 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1464 Sqft

Renovated 5 bed, 2.5 bath cottage just south of the Crosstown. Walk onto the covered front porch and into the open concept living room/kitchen, fea... 

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$550,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
32 Photos 7 Kennedy Court Charleston, SC 29403

7 Kennedy Court
Charleston, SC 29403
City of Charleston
Residential

MLS# 21025479 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1808 Sqft

Updated Charleston-Single with four beds and three baths, including a large gated double driveway with ample off-street parking. House features dou... 

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$650,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
24 Photos 3 Kennedy Court Charleston, SC 29403

3 Kennedy Court
Charleston, SC 29403
City of Charleston
Residential

MLS# 21025478 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1033 Sqft

C. 1900 three bed, two bath cottage, just south of the Crosstown off behind off Bogard Street. Includes ~3 car stacked driveway. Walk up onto the ... 

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$500,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
59 Photos 167 Coming Street Charleston, SC 29403

167 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21025460 / Active
6 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2370 Sqft

CURRENTLY OPERATING COMPLIANT BED AND BREAKFAST! FURNISHED! Look no further for your next investment and positive cash flowing property! 167 Coming... 

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$1,500,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
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36 Prioleau Street UNIT G Charleston, SC 29401

36 Prioleau Street UNIT G
Charleston, SC 29401
One Vendue Range
Residential

MLS# 21025338 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2273 Sqft

WATERFRONT CONDO in the French Quarter! Take advantage of all that downtown living has to offer at One Vendue Range, one of Charleston's most covet... 

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$2,250,000
Provided courtesy of Atlantic Properties
38 Photos 330 Concord Street Charleston, SC 29401

330 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Dockside
Residential

MLS# 21025394 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1670 Sqft

Beautifully-renovated waterfront 2 bedroom townhouse in downtown Charleston. One of only 5 townhouses in Dockside Condominiums that sits directly o... 

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$1,200,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
31 Photos 10 Logan Street UNIT #6 Charleston, SC 29401

10 Logan Street UNIT #6
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21025316 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1220 Sqft

Fully remodeled pied-a-terre in the scenic South of Broad hamlet of Historic Charleston. Open concept, custom kitchen created by Distinctive Design... 

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$850,000
Provided courtesy of Carroll Realty
45 Photos 32 Prioleau Street UNIT G Charleston, SC 29401

32 Prioleau Street UNIT G
Charleston, SC 29401
One Vendue Range
Residential

MLS# 21025262 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2583 Sqft

Unique opportunity for one of the largest and well-maintained one-level residences at OVR. This exquisite and spacious home is perfect for entertai... 

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$2,495,000
Provided courtesy of Beach Residential
46 Photos 13 Hampden Court Charleston, SC 29403

13 Hampden Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21025135 / Active Contingent
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2077 Sqft

In Real Estate, it's all about location, but don't be fooled. Style has plenty to do with buying real estate. If you have been looking for that chi... 

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$785,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston GPS, LLC
66 Photos 38 S Battery Charleston, SC 29401

38 S Battery
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21025009 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3142 Sqft

This beautiful South of Broad home enjoys water views of the Ashley River and White Point Garden at the tip of the Charleston Peninsula. Enjoy the ... 

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$1,990,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
53 Photos 36 Elliott Street Charleston, SC 29401

36 Elliott Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21024982 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2862 Sqft

This beautifully renovated modern house, on one of Charleston's most charming, tucked-away streets was masterfully renovated in 2020 by Artis Const... 

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$2,450,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
29 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #306 Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #306
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 21024974 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 822 Sqft

Longing to watch beautiful Lowcountry Sunsets while swimming in a Rooftop Pool? Look no further! This Community checks all the boxes for Luxury Liv... 

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$585,000
Provided courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty Inc
37 Photos 61 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403

61 Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21024878 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1894 Sqft

Unique opportunity to own a beautifully renovated historic home in the heart of Downtown Charleston. This property was renovated down to the studs ... 

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$875,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group
26 Photos 32 Bogard Street Charleston, SC 29403

32 Bogard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21024781 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2080 Sqft

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this charming and renovated Charleston single is centrally located in the Elliotborough neighborhood a... 

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$955,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
60 Photos 12 Judith Street Charleston, SC 29403

12 Judith Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
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MLS# 21024633 / Active Contingent
4 br, 4 ba, 2700 Sqft

Located on one of the highest streets in one of Historic Charleston's most sought out neighborhoods, this reinvented home is just steps away from W... 

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$1,795,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
18 Photos 15 Judith Street UNIT A Charleston, SC 29403

15 Judith Street UNIT A
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Spacious condo in a super location... biking/walking distance to everything Charleston...this unit comes with two off street parking spaces and thr... 

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$595,000
Provided courtesy of Jordan Realty
30 Photos 15 Judith Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29403

15 Judith Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
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MLS# 21024591 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1879 Sqft

This luxurious and sophisticated condo combines the best of Charleston charm with high ceilings, pocket doors, original heart pine floors with the ... 

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$995,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
43 Photos 96 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

96 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
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4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2408 Sqft

Stunning down-to-the-studs renovation of a 2,408 SF, 4BR/3.5 Bath residence with 4-panel Marvin sliding doors that open onto a courtyard garden. A... 

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$1,995,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
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