Consider This When Buying Real Estate in Charleston’s Historic District - Page 2

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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46 Photos 22 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

22 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21026914 / Active Contingent
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3626 Sqft

Sitting South of Broad Street, the residence at 22 King Street boasts incredible light, large living spaces and exquisite details throughout. Circa... 

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$3,340,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
32 Photos 330 Concord Street UNIT 11e Charleston, SC 29401

330 Concord Street UNIT 11e
Charleston, SC 29401
Dockside
Residential

MLS# 21026794 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1237 Sqft

This stunningly beautiful waterfront condo was fully renovated in 2017 to the highest quality finish level. With an open plan and sprawling views o... 

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$875,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
50 Photos 126 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

126 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21026713 / Active Contingent
5 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2780 Sqft

Welcome to 126 Queen St!!! This 3 story brick townhouse is located in downtown Charleston & in the prestigious neighborhood of Harleston Village. ... 

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$1,200,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
33 Photos 103 Bogard Street UNIT 103b Charleston, SC 29403

103 Bogard Street UNIT 103b
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21026669 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1438 Sqft

Welcome to this charming Charleston single townhouse! It is located in the Short Term Rental overlay zone of downtown Charleston. As you enter thi... 

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$699,999
Provided courtesy of KV Real Estate LLC
45 Photos 24 Line Street Charleston, SC 29403

24 Line Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21026549 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2300 Sqft

Downtown Charleston in an area that is being revitalized with lots of new construction. Just steps from Meeting & Upper King Streets, The home feat... 

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$750,000
Provided courtesy of Realty One Group Coastal
37 Photos 201 Broad Street UNIT #2 Charleston, SC 29401

201 Broad Street UNIT #2
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21026571 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 957 Sqft

This easily assessable ground floor unit is across the street from beautifulColonial Lake. The spacious 2 bedroom/2 full bath home has the perfectl... 

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$585,000
Provided courtesy of Byowner.com
45 Photos 56 Dereef Court Charleston, SC 29403

56 Dereef Court
Charleston, SC 29403
Morris Square
Residential

MLS# 21026520 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2200 Sqft

Stunning home just blocks from Upper King Street! Located in the charming neighborhood of Morris Square, this home features 4 very spacious bedroom... 

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$775,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
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40 Morris Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21026515 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 980 Sqft

This single family property has undergone extensive renovations in 2021, transformed with luxury finishes throughout. The meticulous property offer... 

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$1,295,000
Reduced -$105,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
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205 Coming Street
Charleston, Sc 29403
Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21026445 / Sold
8 br, 8 ba, 2761 Sqft

8 bedroom 8 bath duplex zoned limited business operating STR. 

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$2,200,000
Increase +$100,000
Provided courtesy of Tift Properties
18 Photos 40 State Street Charleston, SC 29401

40 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21026354 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1458 Sqft

This charming pied-a-terre puts you in the heart of historic downtown Charleston and within walking distance to the best that the city has to offer... 

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$1,200,000
Provided courtesy of Robertson Howland Properties
22 Photos 19 Reid Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29403

19 Reid Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21026299 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1220 Sqft

Welcome to 19 B Reid St! This beautiful Eastside home was constructed just 2 years ago. This low maintenance home is 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms a... 

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$525,000
Provided courtesy of Maven Realty
36 Photos 19 Reid Street UNIT A Charleston, SC 29403

19 Reid Street UNIT A
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21026302 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 2400 Sqft

19 Reid St A is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 full bath newer construction home on the Eastside. This low-maintenance home has been recently built and f... 

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$650,000
Provided courtesy of Maven Realty
39 Photos 184 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29401

184 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21026296 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2259 Sqft

Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath historic 1880s Downtown Charleston home in a fabulous location with many conveniences! Enter the home from the signat... 

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$970,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group In
6 Photos 173 Jackson Street Charleston, SC 29403

173 Jackson Street
Charleston, SC 29403
City of Charleston
Residential

MLS# 21026736 / Active
4 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1173 Sqft

Owner will not do any repairs, sold as is. Showings are available by appointments. Sell of property is contingent to seller buying a home. 

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$500,000
Provided courtesy of Dream Realty SC LLC
34 Photos 100 E Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

100 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21026320 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2095 Sqft

Live your best elegant Charleston life at this South of Broad home. Facing historic Rainbow Row, the Cotton Ware Shed is a distinguished house that... 

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$2,295,000
Provided courtesy of Robertson Howland Properties
34 Photos 28 Charlotte Street Charleston, SC 29403

28 Charlotte Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 21026217 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 5642 Sqft

This magnificent circa 1902 meticulously renovated home is in desirable Mazyck-Wraggborough on one of the best streets in downtown Charleston! On ... 

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$2,550,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
34 Photos 10 State Street Charleston, SC 29401

10 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21026132 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2728 Sqft

This Handsome late eighteenth century masonry building in the French Quarter is the perfect location for a 3 br, 3.5 ba single-family home. Thought... 

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$1,949,999
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
40 Photos 190 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29403

190 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough-Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21026108 / Active
6 br, 6 ba, 1929 Sqft

Completely renovated in 2021, 190 Smith Street is now an active, high performing short term rental with an excellent cap rate. This is a perfect op... 

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$1,700,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
35 Photos 41 Line Street UNIT 41 & 41.5 Charleston, SC 29403

41 Line Street UNIT 41 & 41.5
Charleston, SC 29403
Residential

MLS# 21026110 / Active
6 br, 6 ba, 2870 Sqft

Located between King Street and Meeting Street is an excellent opportunity to own two units, legally zoned for short term rentals. The diverse MU-2... 

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$2,000,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
62 Photos 9 Elliott Street Charleston, SC 29401

9 Elliott Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21026046 / Active Contingent
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3927 Sqft

Elegant South of Broad offering, quietly located within a high elevation (X-Zone, no flood ins. req.) between historic Rainbow Row and Bedons Alley... 

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$3,195,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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33 Hanover Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21025882 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1520 Sqft

This 1852 historic Charleston single is beautifully renovated in the heart of Charleston. The home was completely renovated with custom high end fi... 

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$690,000
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