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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11 Photos 14 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

14 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
Ashley House
Residential

MLS# 21009467 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 508 Sqft

Spacious condominium located on the 11th floor of the Ashley House overlooking the Ashley River and the Marina. Panoramic views. Fully updated kitc... 

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$229,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
21 Photos 264 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

264 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21009410 / Active
8 br, 4 ba, 3712 Sqft

Peninsula of Charleston, below Crosstown location. 4 two bedroom, one bath, separately metered units available for sale. Total 8 bedrooms, 4 baths,... 

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$1,100,000
Provided courtesy of The Peninsula Company, LLC
17 Photos 52 S Battery Street UNIT G Charleston, SC 29401

52 S Battery Street UNIT G
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21009416 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 872 Sqft

This wonderful condominium is situated in a fabulous location on South Battery in the highly coveted South of Broad neighborhood. The two-bedroom c... 

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$500,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
32 Photos 2 Wharfside Street Charleston, SC 29401

2 Wharfside Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Laurens Place
Residential

MLS# 21009368 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2862 Sqft

Laurens Place is known for its ''RIGHT ON THE RIVER-FRONT VIEW.'' There are only 4 water-front units and they are the only units that have 3 balcon... 

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$2,300,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
36 Photos 110& 110.5 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

110& 110.5 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21009339 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3464 Sqft

*Off Street Parking Available * This gorgeous home with carriage house is offered 200k below last appraisal. 5 beds, 4 1/2 baths. Built in the 1800... 

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$2,445,000
Provided courtesy of iSave Realty
35 Photos 77 Pitt Street Charleston, SC 29403

77 Pitt Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21009327 / Active
10 br, 5 ba, 4300 Sqft

Fantastic property with tremendous rental history grossing 142,200 in annual income/ / insurance 11,850.00/ property taxes/ 20,562.00 / with lease... 

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$1,675,000
Provided courtesy of Tift Properties
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Open House: Sat Apr 10th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
275 Coming Street Charleston, SC 29403

275 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21009288 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1072 Sqft

Location, location, location! Just a few short blocks from MUSC, the colleges, medical facilities, shopping and dining, you can enjoy downtown Char... 

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$565,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
29 Photos 9 Bogard Street UNIT F Charleston, SC 29403

9 Bogard Street UNIT F
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21009242 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1310 Sqft

Great Opportunity to Own Your Own Charleston Investment. Block and half away from King St. Unit 6 (F) includes Beautiful Hardwood Floors, Large Ope... 

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$499,900
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
44 Photos 8 Council Street Charleston, SC 29401

8 Council Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21009246 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1418 Sqft

Beautifully renovated and tastefully decorated move in ready Charleston single on one of South of Broad's most charming streets! Perfect as a prima... 

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$1,000,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group
58 Photos
Open House: Sat Apr 10th, 11:30am - 2:00pm
10 Colonial Street Charleston, SC 29401

10 Colonial Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21009188 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3186 Sqft

This picturesque 4 bedroom/3.5 bath South of Broad home has been meticulously updated and maintained. Well located near Colonial Lake Park and the ... 

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$1,350,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
36 Photos 11 Kirkland Lane Charleston, SC 29401

11 Kirkland Lane
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21009161 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1414 Sqft

Charleston Downtown Charmer is in a great location just off King, near Colonial lake, College of Charleston, MUSC and just a few yards down to a s... 

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$543,775
Provided courtesy of Century 21 Properties Plus
32 Photos 50 Morris Street Charleston, SC 29403

50 Morris Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21009152 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1410 Sqft

Situated on a quaint street flanked by MUSC, as well as the College of Charleston, the location is prime. The neighborhood is known for its swanky ... 

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$850,000
Provided courtesy of Bennett Construction & Realty
31 Photos 214 Calhoun Street UNIT #3 Charleston, SC 29401

214 Calhoun Street UNIT #3
Charleston, SC 29401
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21009137 / Active Contingent
2 br, 2 ba, 1031 Sqft

This unit is one of seven condominiums located in the circa 1834 Frederick Shaffer House. Soaring 13' ceilings with elegant period plasterwork, ori... 

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$568,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
57 Photos 92 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

92 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21009061 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3104 Sqft

Restoration opportunity located South of Broad. This stucco over solid brick residence features high ceilings, hardwood floors and exposed brick w... 

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$2,100,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
43 Photos 38 Gibbes Street Charleston, SC 29401

38 Gibbes Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 21008938 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1938 Sqft

South of Broad's most charming bungalow, this home sits at the corner of Council and Gibbes Street, only one block from Charleston's lovely waterfr... 

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$975,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
17 Photos 230 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

230 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21009029 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 946 Sqft

Charming newly renovated condo in a lovely building circa 1900 just above Spring St. Off street parking and you can walk everywhere! Just a few blo... 

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$435,000
Provided courtesy of Arthur Ravenel Jr. Co.
47 Photos 233 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

233 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 21008957 / Active
5 br, 5 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2889 Sqft

LICENSED B&B! Built in 1852, this home just underwent a full ''to the studs'' renovation completed in AUGUST 2020. This 5BR/5.5BA gem is a MUST SEE... 

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$1,575,000
Provided courtesy of Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
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Open House: Sun Apr 11th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
92 Hanover Street Charleston, SC 29403

92 Hanover Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21008913 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1716 Sqft

Located in the heart of the Upper Peninsula, this semi custom-built home features superior finishes with interior designer selections. Newly constr... 

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$615,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
62 Photos 75 Bull Street Charleston, SC 29401

75 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21008910 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2240 Sqft

For the discerning buyer seeking a handsome, completely updated, traditional masonry home in Historic Downtown Charleston, 75 Bull Street presents ... 

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$1,300,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
46 Photos 5 Limehouse Street Charleston, SC 29401

5 Limehouse Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
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MLS# 21008879 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2734 Sqft

This 1885 Charleston single house blends modern living with beautiful historic detail. Recognized with the Carolopolis Award by the Preservation So... 

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$2,290,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
54 Photos 44 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401

44 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21008885 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 2 Half Bath, 4336 Sqft

c1800. This stately, elevated home is located on prestigious lower Meeting Street, South of Broad. Recent updates added an elevator from the garage... 

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$3,395,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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