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 350 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

350 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 21016648 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 500 Sqft

Beautiful loft-style condo located on King Street in the heart of Charleston's historic district. Exposed brick walls, gleaming heart-pine wood fl... 

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$299,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
24 Photos 7 Kracke Street UNIT 7 1/2 B Charleston, SC 29403

7 Kracke Street UNIT 7 1/2 B
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21016626 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 435 Sqft

Opportunity abounds at this lovely condo located downtown, Charleston! This home features a beautiful renovated kitchen with a design that utilizes... 

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$235,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Premiere Group
38 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 21016523 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1154 Sqft

One of the largest, one bedroom apartments in Gadsdenboro with its own private access from Laurens St. There are water views from the terrace, and ... 

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$775,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
22 Photos 55 Hasell Street UNIT C Charleston, SC 29401

55 Hasell Street UNIT C
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21016541 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 912 Sqft

Beautiful light-filled 1 bed, 1 bath penthouse with wraparound views--large windows on 3 sides overlook the rooftops of Charleston with a glimpse o... 

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$555,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos 77 Morris Street Charleston, SC 29401

77 Morris Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21016500 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1278 Sqft

Well maintained three story townhouse located at Morris Square in historic Radcliffeborough. Built in 2007 this residence has an open floor plan o... 

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$595,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
1 Photos 1 Desportes Court Charleston, SC 29403

1 Desportes Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21016497 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 900 Sqft

Built in 1989 and newly remodeled this Charleston single style residence is located only one block from the College of Charleston. Hardwood floor... 

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$629,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
37 Photos 61 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403

61 Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21016496 / 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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$899,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group
1 Photos Sold 16 Pitt Street Charleston, Sc 29401

16 Pitt Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21016381 / Sold
13 br, 9 ba, 5006 Sqft

Entered for comp purposes. Sold 'as is' with tenants in place. 18th Century Dwelling converted to apartments. Main house consists of 4 rental unit... 

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$1,600,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos 165 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

165 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21016350 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 2433 Sqft

Fantastic opportunity to own one of the largest condos South of Broad. This property is a quick walk to the Charleston Battery, Colonial Lake, and ... 

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$850,000
Provided courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate
31 Photos 10 Charlestowne Court Charleston, SC 29401

10 Charlestowne Court
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21016362 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1488 Sqft

Beautifully restored townhome in the center of everything you want to do! Shopping, restaurants, groceries, the College of Charleston and MUSC are ... 

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$795,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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Open House: Today 12:00pm - 2:00pm
9 Savage Street Charleston, SC 29401

9 Savage Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21016320 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 2496 Sqft

This Charleston style single house was elevated and restored in 2019. The property features a formal living room and separate dining room, both wi... 

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$1,795,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
6 Photos 71 Hanover Street Charleston, SC 29403

71 Hanover Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21016286 / Active
5 br, 2 ba, 2226 Sqft

Downtown duplex with existing separate garage structure on .12 acres zoned DR-2F, Diverse Residential District with the City of Charleston. This p... 

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$500,000
Provided courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail
14 Photos 67 Bogard Street Charleston, SC 29403

67 Bogard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21016436 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1938 Sqft

Introducing this beautiful, historic, classic Charlestonian home built in 1885 located in sought after Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood **... 

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$668,500
Provided courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail, LLC
25 Photos 58 Laurens Street Charleston, SC 29401

58 Laurens Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21016127 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 2752 Sqft

Located in the historic district of the peninsula, welcome to 58 Laurens St. This duplex offers the historic Charleston charm that you're looking f... 

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$1,495,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
24 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #512 Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #512
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 21016110 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 796 Sqft

This apartment is sold furnished or unfurnished.It is currently leased for $3,225.00 per month until 10/31/2021.  

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$599,900
Provided courtesy of Carolina Elite Real Estate
20 Photos
Open House: Sat Jun 19th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
8 Carrere Court Charleston, SC 29403

8 Carrere Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 21016027 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1412 Sqft

Charming Charleston single tucked away downtown. Come see 8 Carrere Court - a move-in ready home with light and bright open living room and dining... 

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$595,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
21 Photos 295 King Street UNIT B-1 Charleston, SC 29401

295 King Street UNIT B-1
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 21016003 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1041 Sqft

Beautiful Bright Sunny Open Floor Plan 2 Bedroom condo on King Street with large windows facing King St. Great investment opportunity. Located in t... 

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$595,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston Metro Homes, LLC.
12 Photos 188 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

188 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21016000 / Active
7 br, 2 ba, 3079 Sqft

This 7 bedroom, 2 bath duplex boasts a fantastic location within the residentially zoned section of the short term overlay. Beautiful/historical ce... 

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$920,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
46 Photos 135 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

135 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21015987 / Active
8 br, 3 ba, 3257 Sqft

Large triplex conveniently located South of Calhoun in Harleston Village across from Cannon Park. MUSC and Roper are nearly adjacent and CofC is an... 

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$920,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
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26 Dereef Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Morris Square
Residential

MLS# 21015991 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1874 Sqft

FURNISHED, TURN-KEY & MOVE-IN READY Charleston Style home in the Gathering at Morris Square is situated at the heart of Charleston's sought after C... 

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$839,000
Provided courtesy of Island House Real Estate
44 Photos 31 Mary Street Charleston, SC 29403

31 Mary Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 21015939 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 2 Half Bath, 2454 Sqft

Live in downtown Charleston and enjoy owning an income producing property! This 2 unit home is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston... 

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$899,000
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