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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50 Photos 49 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

49 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19021065 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2 Half Bath, 3499 Sqft

Located in the renowned South of Broad neighborhood in downtown Charleston, this historic home has been totally renovated to meet today's lifestyle... 

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$3,134,000
Provided courtesy of King and Society Real Estate
47 Photos 16 Bedons Alley Charleston, SC 29401

16 Bedons Alley
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19021016 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 3269 Sqft

16 Bedon's Alley c.1790,nestled on a quiet private street,reminiscent of an Italian walkway,is on one of the 8 original Alleys within the Old Walle... 

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$2,400,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
21 Photos 50 Gadsden Street Charleston, SC 29401

50 Gadsden Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19020998 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1638 Sqft

Sitting in this living rm, the back deck & lg walled lush garden create a quiet tropical feeling. This Harleston Village townhouse is fee simple=no... 

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$699,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
49 Photos 193 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

193 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19020939 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 3507 Sqft

This is your Opportunity to Own in an Incredible Victorian 4BR/3BA 2-Story Duplex Property in the Iconic South of Broad Community of Downtown Charl... 

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$1,650,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
20 Photos 9 Sheppard Street Charleston, SC 29403

9 Sheppard Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 19020922 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 664 Sqft

*EXCELLENT INVESTMENT - COLLEGE STUDENTS - PERSONAL USE - DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON* Total Renovation in 2014. Closely located to The Alley, Midtown, Re... 

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$299,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
11 Photos 145 Coming Street Charleston, SC 29403

145 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19020850 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1184 Sqft

 

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$419,000
Provided courtesy of EXP Realty LLC
16 Photos 81 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

81 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19020834 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2232 Sqft

PENTHOUSE!! This large sunlit historic 4 bedroom condo is in downtown Charleston. Perfect for those that want to be within walking and/or biking ... 

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$685,000
Provided courtesy of Jordan Realty
39 Photos 19 Reid Street Charleston, SC 29403

19 Reid Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 19020720 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2400 Sqft

Gorgeous new construction in a great walk-able area of downtown. East side is a trendy up and coming part of downtown Charleston. Come be a part of... 

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$629,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
45 Photos 5 Motley Lane Charleston, SC 29401

5 Motley Lane
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19020712 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 4059 Sqft

One of a kind home in historic Ansonborough. This magnificent 3-story property combines a well built design coupled with clean contemporary lines. ... 

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$2,100,000
Provided courtesy of Healthy Realty LLC
44 Photos 257 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

257 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19020696 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 2310 Sqft

*Massive price adjustment* This historic 5 bedroom/4 full bathroom home is priced to sell! The home has all of the charm you would expect from the ... 

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$664,900
Reduced -$100
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
23 Photos 9 West St Charleston, SC 29401

9 West St
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19020873 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 474 Sqft

This charming pied-a-terre is nestled on a quiet street in the heart of Historic Downtown Charleston. It's located in a quiet neighborhood within w... 

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$384,900
Provided courtesy of Jeff Cook Real Estate LLC
9 Photos 61 A Barre Street Charleston, SC 29401

61 A Barre Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19020456 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3000 Sqft

Halsey Park has just released the first of two Town Homes, custom designed by BEAU CLOWNEY ARCHITECTS. Each has 3 BRs and 3.5 baths with over 3,000... 

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$2,250,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
10 Photos 10 Rosemont Street Charleston, SC 29403

10 Rosemont Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19020279 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1520 Sqft

Attention! Investors and Buyers a Great Investment Opportunity to own or rent this property located in historic downtown Charleston. This property... 

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$400,000
Provided courtesy of Exit Realty Lowcountry Group
1 Photos 171 Jackson Street Charleston, SC 29403

171 Jackson Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 19020242 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1000 Sqft

Proposed construction downtown! Be among the first to get into this up and coming area close to the Cigar Factory, highway access and all that dow... 

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$400,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Services
24 Photos 2 Harlem Court Charleston, SC 29403

2 Harlem Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 19020350 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1150 Sqft

Quiet and private in the heart of downtown this single family home has two off street parking spots and a beautiful backyard living space. Large li... 

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$739,900
Provided courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate
24 Photos 2 Colonial Street Charleston, SC 29401

2 Colonial Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19020199 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1810 Sqft

An elegant Fitzsimons townhome is now available. Welcome to friendly Colonial Street - home to families of all ages. Take a short walk to the Bat... 

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$950,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate
15 Photos 23 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29401

23 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19020465 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1786 Sqft

Estate Sale! South of Broad Fitzsimmons townhouse only steps away from Colonial Lake. Low maintenance, fee simple with no association fees. Private... 

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$735,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
31 Photos 64 Lenwood Boulevard Charleston, SC 29401

64 Lenwood Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19020178 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1002 Sqft

If you want high end, luxurious, maintenance-free living in one of Downtown Charleston's most sought after neighborhoods just two blocks from The B... 

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$949,000
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
46 Photos 214 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

214 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Fredrick Shaffer House
Residential

MLS# 19020061 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 945 Sqft

Terrific ground floor unit in the Historic Frederick Shaffer House. This condo boasts a screened porch and gardens, as well as an open floor plan w... 

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$575,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
37 Photos 137 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401

137 Beaufain Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19020048 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 2509 Sqft

Charming Cottage in Downtown Charleston that has been beautifully updated to include refinished hardwood floors, interior and exterior paint, large... 

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$974,900
Provided courtesy of The Peninsula Company, LLC
29 Photos 150 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401

150 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Bee Street Lofts
Residential

MLS# 19019948 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1458 Sqft

Best location downtown! Minutes from dining and sightseeing, across the street from MUSC and VA Hospital, walking distance to the new Publix, Britt... 

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$415,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
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