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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3 Photos 33 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

33 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29401
The Harborage At Ashley Marina
Residential

MLS# 19031803 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, n/a Sqft

40 f boa slip a the Harborage At the Ashley marina. Located near Historic Downtown Charleston 

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$62,000
Provided courtesy of Intracoastal Properties of SC
1 Photos 201 Coming Street Charleston, SC 29403

201 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 19031740 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2086 Sqft

Traditional Charleston single house with good bones in Cannonborough-Elliotborough. The owners restored this home for their own personal use years ... 

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$650,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
22 Photos 330 Concord Street Charleston, SC 29401

330 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Dockside
Residential

MLS# 19031717 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1121 Sqft

Open loft condo in Dockside overlooking Charleston Harbor. Stylish upfittings create a living space equally as beautiful as its panoramic views. Ha... 

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$600,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
61 Photos 4 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401

4 Beaufain Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 19031611 / Active
1 br, 2 ba, 975 Sqft

Located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, this sophisticated condo is what you have been looking for. Thoroughly renovated over the last severa... 

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$599,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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2 Poulnot Lane Charleston, SC 29401

2 Poulnot Lane
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 19031563 / Active Contingent
3 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1540 Sqft

Immaculate, turnkey townhouse conveniently situated in the heart of the historic district of Downtown Charleston, that has experienced no flood dam... 

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$495,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
46 Photos 12 Harleston Place Charleston, SC 29401

12 Harleston Place
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Place
Residential

MLS# 19031505 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2154 Sqft

With views of the Ashley River from this downtown Charleston townhome, this is a home & location you will LOVE! Three levels of living all begin af... 

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$874,900
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
17 Photos 253 Rutledge Avenue Charleston, SC 29403

253 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 19031448 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 968 Sqft

Bright, sunny and beautifully renovated condominium located in a charming Victorian house. Notable features include pine floors, 10' ceilings, subs... 

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$430,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
30 Photos 272 Coming Street Charleston, SC 29403

272 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 19031527 / Active
3 br, 1 ba, 1320 Sqft

Are you looking for a historic Four Square home in Charleston's hottest neighborhood? Then you have to check out 272 Coming Street. This Home nee... 

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$279,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston GPS, LLC
25 Photos 377 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

377 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 19031206 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 797 Sqft

COMPLETELY REMODELED AND MOVE-IN READY! Urban and chic, this two bedroom apartment is centrally located in the heart of downtown Charleston at the ... 

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$599,000
Provided courtesy of Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
59 Photos 5 Ladson Street Charleston, SC 29401

5 Ladson Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19031197 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3921 Sqft

Circa 1894, this wonderful home is on one of the quietest South of Broad cross-streets, between Meeting and King. Bright, light-filled rooms, tall ... 

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$3,195,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
39 Photos 3 Talon Court Charleston, SC 29403

3 Talon Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19031208 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1100 Sqft

Charm and character abound throughout this chic Charleston single home in Radcliffeborough. Tucked into a small off-street community, Talon Court c... 

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$600,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
33 Photos 33 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401

33 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 19031060 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1745 Sqft

Looking for a Condo located close to all the amenities? This light-filled, 3 BR, top floor Condo has views to the N, E & W. Located across the stre... 

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$775,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
53 Photos 27 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29401

27 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19031034 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 2 Half Bath, 2071 Sqft

Built in 1842, this exceptional Ansonborough brick residence has much to offer! Formal living and dining rooms with functional fireplaces, original... 

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$1,375,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
15 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 19031010 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1263 Sqft

Introducing our newest model home! This corner residence is full of natural light - a must see. Thoughtfully designed, this open floorplan features... 

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$844,000
Provided courtesy of East West Realty, LLC
19 Photos 251 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401

251 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 19031109 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 609 Sqft

Here's your opportunity to live in the heart of one of the world's most popular destinations, Charleston, South Carolina! Located at Meeting and We... 

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$300,000
Provided courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate
55 Photos 104 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29403

104 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 19030920 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 2100 Sqft

Beautiful Charleston Single home centrally located just off of Calhoun Street and within just two blocks of MUSC campus! The historic integrity has... 

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$789,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
41 Photos 83-A Church Street Charleston, SC 29401

83-A Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19030917 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1955 Sqft

Canopied by crepe myrtle trees on picturesque Church Street, this move-in ready pied-a-terre is characterized by historic charm with modern updates... 

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$1,250,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
31 Photos 24 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29401

24 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 19030887 / Active
5 br, 5 ba, 1 Half Bath, 5228 Sqft

Built in 1840 this handsome three story brick residence retains it's original Greek Revival cornices, ceiling medallions, and black marble mantles.... 

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$2,295,000
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
6 Photos 38 Aiken Street Charleston, SC 29403

38 Aiken Street
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MLS# 19030837 / Active Contingent
3 br, 3 ba, 1350 Sqft

Check out this awesome opportunity to own a brand new construction Home in Downtown Charleston. This home is located at 38 Aiken Street in a sectio... 

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$469,000
Provided courtesy of Charleston GPS, LLC
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7 Lowndes Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South Of Broad
Residential

MLS# 19030964 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3109 Sqft

Built Circa 1926, this colonial-style home is beautifully situated on a lovely quiet street in Charleston's South of Broad area. It opens to a gra... 

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$1,235,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
46 Photos 6 Rosemont Street Charleston, SC 29403

6 Rosemont Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 19030734 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1584 Sqft

Downtown Charleston always makes the list of the most loved cities. Now, you have an incredible opportunity to own a piece of history. This huge du... 

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$375,000
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