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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9 Photos 165 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

165 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 18032467 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 2396 Sqft

Historic Charleston Home ''Survivor'' of the 1886 Charleston Earthquake. Situated within the Historic District of Downtown Charleston and a shor... 

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$749,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group
50 Photos 6 Kennedy Court Charleston, SC 29403

6 Kennedy Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 18032387 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1070 Sqft

Charleston Charm with a Modern Twist! This Fabulous, Newly built (2015) Charleston Single-style home has 2 large bedrooms w/ double closets & an e... 

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$485,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate
70 Photos 85 Alexander Street Charleston, SC 29403

85 Alexander Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 18032469 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2452 Sqft

Beautifully restored Carolopolis Award-winning Charleston single located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Double-piazza lined with french doors... 

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$1,290,000
Provided courtesy of The Peninsula Company, LLC
22 Photos 68 South Street Charleston, SC 29403

68 South Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 18032368 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1564 Sqft

Great 4 bedroom, 2 bath house, approximately 1564 sf, completely renovated! Completely new roof, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new interior! The or... 

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$599,900
Provided courtesy of MLSTOSELL.COM
27 Photos 114 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

114 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 18032322 / Active
5 br, 3 ba, 3906 Sqft

first time on the market in over 50 years. 114 Tradd is a beautifully maintained late 18th century historic home. Complete with a formal living roo... 

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$1,675,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
77 Photos 2 Laurens Street Charleston, SC 29401

2 Laurens Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Anson House
Residential

MLS# 18032309 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2660 Sqft

Enjoy Luxury living (without maintenance) in the heart of downtown Charleston. This sophisticated condo is available for the first time since cons... 

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$1,470,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
15 Photos 131 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401

131 Beaufain Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 18032260 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 2 Half Bath, 1436 Sqft

Fabulous location near Colonial Lake! This very open floorpan has a large eat in kitchen, living and dining room and powder room on first floor. ... 

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$589,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
33 Photos 46 South Street Charleston, SC 29403

46 South Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 18032250 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1524 Sqft

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this Charleston single style home features the traditional double, side porches & a gated entry to gre... 

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$570,000
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
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33 Lockwood H-26
Charleston, SC 29401
The Harborage At Ashley Marina
Residential

MLS# 18032233 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, 990 Sqft

55x18 at the end of H dock. slip H-26 

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$70,000
Provided courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate
23 Photos 330 Concord Street Charleston, SC 29401

330 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Dockside
Residential

MLS# 18032086 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1323 Sqft

Enjoy gorgeous views of the Ravenel Bridge, Charleston Harbor and the South Carolina Aquarium from this 2 bedroom, 2 bath Dockside condominium. The... 

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$775,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
3 Photos 86 1/2 Morris Street Charleston, SC 29403

86 1/2 Morris Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 18032050 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1526 Sqft

Quintessential southern style in centrally located Radcliffeborough! Lovingly remodeled by the current owner, this Charleston Single has off-street... 

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$745,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
12 Photos 8 Todd Street Charleston, SC 29403

8 Todd Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 18032047 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1320 Sqft

Great opportunity to purchase a recently renovated brick home in downtown Charleston! Roof and HVAC are both less than 2 years old, bathrooms have ... 

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$450,000
Provided courtesy of Smith Spencer Real Estate
40 Photos 110 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

110 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 18031888 / Active
5 br, 5 ba, 5000 Sqft

The Thayer-Lynah House, c. 1881, as featured in The Buildings of Charleston.This impeccably-maintained home exudes the charm and grace of the grand... 

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$2,750,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
33 Photos Atlantic Street Charleston, SC 29401

Atlantic Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 18031874 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 2920 Sqft

Here is your chance to own one of Charleston's most unique, newly restored, beautifully appointed South of Broad carriage houses. Boasting views of... 

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$2,990,000
Provided courtesy of Hudson Phillips Properties Charleston LLC
66 Photos 130 Logan Street Charleston, SC 29401

130 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 18031726 / Active
5 br, 2 ba, 2176 Sqft

130 Logan, located in the quaint, Historic Charleston subdivision of Harleston Village, blocks from the College of Charleston, King Street, Broad S... 

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$769,000
Provided courtesy of Reside Real Estate LLC
4 Photos 15 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

15 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 18031713 / Active
n/a br, 5 ba, 7024 Sqft

Located on high ground in the heart of the old walled City, 15 Broad is the distinguished grand roughly 7000+ sq. ft building currently vacant with... 

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$2,650,000
Provided courtesy of Oyster Point Real Estate Group, LLC
28 Photos 182 E Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

182 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 18031717 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1101 Sqft

Amazing furnished condo in the Heart of Downtown Charleston. This 2 bed 2 bath pied -a -terre is the turnkey Charleston property you have been look... 

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$799,000
Provided courtesy of Applegate Real Estate
30 Photos 20 1/2 Duncan Street Charleston, SC 29403

20 1/2 Duncan Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 18031643 / Active Contingent
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1078 Sqft

Charming 1885 turnkey home in a prime downtown location with plenty of off-street parking! This home is nicely tucked back off the street, retainin... 

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$625,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
32 Photos 517 King Street Charleston, SC 29403

517 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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MLS# 18031684 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1275 Sqft

Ideally situated among Charleston's hottest new restaurants, boutiques, and thriving businesses, this recently updated condo is located on the seco... 

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$650,000
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154 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

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A pied-a-terre for the discerning buyer, don't miss this charming South of Broad Charleston single home. No expense was spared for this incredible ... 

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$799,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
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17 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
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MLS# 18031531 / Active
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Live in the Center of Downtown! Walk to the Gaillard, the Aquarium, the Library, Marion Sq. & all the restaurants on Upper King St! This Caropolis ... 

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$925,000
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