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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43 Photos 203 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

203 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001418 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2678 Sqft

Overlooking Colonial Lake, this late Nineteenth Century home is the perfect setting to enjoy the best of Charleston. It is the personal residence ... 

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$1,315,000
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21 Photos 36 Prioleau Street UNIT K Charleston, SC 29401

36 Prioleau Street UNIT K
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21001372 / Active
1 br, 2 ba, 1342 Sqft

One Vendue Range Condo on Prioleau Street. On the 2nd floor accessible by privately coded elevator that opens directly into the condo, ''36 K'' is ... 

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$1,135,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
46 Photos 23 Felix Street Charleston, SC 29403

23 Felix Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 21001354 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2265 Sqft

This lovely, well built, low maintenance home (built in 2004) in Cannonborough is situated on high ground and enjoys expansive views across the cit... 

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$999,900
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
22 Photos 85 Cumberland Street UNIT #8 Charleston, SC 29401

85 Cumberland Street UNIT #8
Charleston, SC 29401
Markets Gate
Residential

MLS# 21001261 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 489 Sqft

Perfect Peninsula pied-a-terre, South of Market. Just steps away from everything that defines historic Charleston. Markets Gate (and this ground-fl... 

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$398,900
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18 Photos 66 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401

66 Beaufain Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001262 / Active
6 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3696 Sqft

Heart of downtown, less than 3 blocks to King Street up to 6 cars off street parking. Enjoy this beautiful 3 story Greek Revival home (c. 1852) w/... 

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$1,385,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
47 Photos 83 South Battery Street Charleston, SC 29401

83 South Battery Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001249 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3855 Sqft

This elegantly restored South of Broad 1920's home sits on one of the most desirable sweeping blocks of South Battery. Italianate in style, the ex... 

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$3,125,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
36 Photos 40 Savage Street Charleston, SC 29401

40 Savage Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001171 / Active
3 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1273 Sqft

Amazing opportunity to own a piece of history with this classic Charleston single! 40 Savage Street is a few walkable blocks away from harbor views... 

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$685,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group
8 Photos 79 Society Street UNIT A Charleston, SC 29401

79 Society Street UNIT A
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21001165 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1066 Sqft

An Ansonborough gem with piazza in the heart of historic Charleston, this two bedroom condo has much to offer: an open living dining area, kitchen ... 

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$525,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
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14 Elliott Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001153 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2353 Sqft

14 Elliott is an elegant and sophisticated home, located on one of the most exclusive and historic streets in downtown Charleston. The home, with i... 

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$2,000,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
8 Photos 175 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

175 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001129 / Active
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Great location South of Broad Street on Tradd Street This house was built in 1921 and has 5 bedrooms and 2 full baths and a half bath. Spacious li... 

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$950,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
24 Photos 15 Thomas Street Charleston, SC 29403

15 Thomas Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21001089 / Active
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Samuel Sage Mills House, constructed circa 1840. Complete 2018 restoration guided by e.e. fava architects: reconstructed double tiered, south faci... 

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$1,799,000
Provided courtesy of Applegate Real Estate
16 Photos 212 Calhoun Street UNIT 212-A Charleston, SC 29401

212 Calhoun Street UNIT 212-A
Charleston, SC 29401
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21001041 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1540 Sqft

Spacious and open first floor condo in lovely building with Historic details. High ceilings, large windows, crown moldings and much more add to the... 

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$475,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
16 Photos 20 Trapman Street Charleston, SC 29401

20 Trapman Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001098 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1076 Sqft

Fabulous location just north of Broad, within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, galleries, and Colonial Lake amenities, this little condo ... 

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$525,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
62 Photos 53 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401

53 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001091 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3696 Sqft

This stately South of Broad residence occupies a superb Church street location that is high and dry. The Julius L. Lee House, was built between 18... 

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$3,100,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
53 Photos 30 Mary Street UNIT #5 Charleston, SC 29403

30 Mary Street UNIT #5
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 21000934 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1224 Sqft

Surrounded by beauty, history and with views of the Ravenel Bridge, this penthouse in downtown Charleston is a must see! Historic charm and modern ... 

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$565,000
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
18 Photos 79 Society Street UNIT C Charleston, SC 29401

79 Society Street UNIT C
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
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MLS# 21000946 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1316 Sqft

Welcome to your piece of Charleston! BONUS....a full years lease on a parking space conveys and may transfer to buyer. This 2-bedroom, 1.5 bath fla... 

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$535,000
Provided courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty
49 Photos 3 Queen Street UNIT #204 Charleston, SC 29401

3 Queen Street UNIT #204
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French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21000852 / Active
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Don't miss this Rare Opportunity to Own a Gorgeous 1BR/1.5BA Updated Condo in the Heart of Downtown Charleston, Located Ideally within Walking Dist... 

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$500,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
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63 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21000805 / Active
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Perfectly located on ''High Battery'' (X-zone location), one of the highest elevations in the city with no flood insurance required. Beautifully bu... 

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$2,950,000
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French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21000758 / Active
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This iconic corner has been a popular favorite of residents and visitors for years. This property has been home to some of the best artists in Char... 

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$945,000
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5 Jasper Street
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Charming home located in Historic Downtown Charleston! This 5 Bed/2 Bath home is located in the heart of town, with close proximity to shops, resta... 

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24 Photos 90 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

90 Queen Street
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Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21000702 / Active
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Beautiful historic building, renovated with grand 12'+ high ceilings, transom windows and original hardwood floors located just off of King Street ... 

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