Consider This When Buying Real Estate in Charleston’s Historic District - Page 3

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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21 Photos 150 Bee Street UNIT #308 Charleston, SC 29401

150 Bee Street UNIT #308
Charleston, SC 29401
Bee Street Lofts
Residential

MLS# 21029609 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 964 Sqft

Situated on the peninsula just across the street from the VA Hospital you are a brief walk to the heart of MUSC, City Marina, the new West Edge Dev... 

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$395,000
Provided courtesy of John Poston & Company, Inc.
24 Photos 38 Society Street Charleston, SC 29401

38 Society Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Residential

MLS# 21029489 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2106 Sqft

Opportunity for attractive upside by updating this historic gem. Excellent downtown location, good bones, high ceilings, wood floors with extensive... 

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$1,100,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
65 Photos 40 S Battery Charleston, SC 29401

40 S Battery
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21029415 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3063 Sqft

This lovely ''Colonial Revival'' home was originally built in 1889 by Captain Frederick Heinz and used as an ice cream ''saloon'' until 1895 until ... 

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$2,275,100
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
23 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #410 Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #410
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 21029385 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1271 Sqft

Boasting views of the Holy City's beloved church steeples through oversized floor-to-ceiling windows, residence 410 offers a uniquely Charleston vi... 

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$855,000
Provided courtesy of East West Realty, LLC
5 Photos 199 Fishburne Street Charleston, SC 29403

199 Fishburne Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Westside
Residential

MLS# 21029357 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1410 Sqft

199 Fishburne Street is the epitome of luxury modern townhouse living with a rooftop terrace. Chesnut Development, which is one of downtown's premi... 

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$640,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
27 Photos 19 Radcliffe Place Charleston, SC 29403

19 Radcliffe Place
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffe Place
Residential

MLS# 21029341 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1636 Sqft

Completely renovated, 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath Charleston Single home in Radcliffeborough. Spacious separate living room with wainscoting. Open kitche... 

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$890,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
92 Photos 73 Bull Street Charleston, SC 29401

73 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21029322 / Active Contingent
5 br, 5 ba, 1 Half Bath, 4123 Sqft

Circa 1910, where history meets pure luxury. Recent and total renovation, offering every imaginable want, beautifully curated for today's living. T... 

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$3,790,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
49 Photos 108 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

108 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21029274 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2799 Sqft

This updated Charleston double house has an unusually large lot which allows this charming home to be situated back from the street and enjoy priva... 

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$2,999,000
Reduced -$101,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
39 Photos 3 Queen Street UNIT #207 Charleston, SC 29401

3 Queen Street UNIT #207
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21029284 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1382 Sqft

Welcome to 3 Queen Street, a historic downtown Charleston condo located in the heart of the French Quarter within walking distance to Charleston Ha... 

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$699,000
Reduced -$26,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
33 Photos 2 Marion Street Charleston, SC 29403

2 Marion Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21029254 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1474 Sqft

Located close to King Street dining and shopping. Enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. Newer construction, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. Large living r... 

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$769,000
Reduced -$26,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
37 Photos 210 Calhoun Street UNIT C Charleston, SC 29401

210 Calhoun Street UNIT C
Charleston, SC 29401
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21029233 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1794 Sqft

GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS BEAUTIFUL CONDO WITHIN STEPS TO MUSC AND COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON! THIS WONDERFUL TWO STORY 3 BEDROOM 3 BATH CONDO UNIT ... 

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$650,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 103 Tradd Street Charleston, Sc 29401

103 Tradd Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21029160 / Sold
3 br, 3 ba, 2766 Sqft

The Jacob Eckhard House dates back to the early 1700's and was originally built as a one story, one room structure. In 1797, Jacob Eckhard added on... 

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$2,000,000
Increase +$250,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
34 Photos 28 Society Street UNIT C Charleston, SC 29401

28 Society Street UNIT C
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21029076 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 2 Half Bath, 1248 Sqft

Stunning updated carriage house in the heart of Charleston. This uniquely charming carriage house with a lovely walled Charleston garden courtyard... 

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$1,439,000
Provided courtesy of Robertson Team Real Estate
79 Photos 17 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401

17 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21029020 / Active
4 br, 4 ba, 2 Half Bath, 5276 Sqft

If these walls could talk. This pristine c 1756 Charleston Single stands tall and proud on the corners of Meeting and Lamboll Streets. ***The kitch... 

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$5,995,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
25 Photos 259 East Bay Street UNIT 8b Charleston, SC 29401

259 East Bay Street UNIT 8b
Charleston, SC 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 21028931 / Active Contingent
1 br, 1 ba, 652 Sqft

Chic, one bedroom 2nd floor condo in beautiful Downtown Charleston! This fully furnished condo located on popular East Bay Street is just steps awa... 

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$380,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 52 Chapel Street Charleston, Sc 29403

52 Chapel Street
Charleston, Sc 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 21028720 / Sold
7 br, 6 ba, 2882 Sqft

Incredible opportunity to own TWO homes in the heart of the city. Unbeatable location just steps away from The College of Charleston and King Stree... 

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$1,299,000
Increase +$99,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
19 Photos 22 Council Street UNIT 22a Charleston, SC 29401

22 Council Street UNIT 22a
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21028608 / Active
4 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1499 Sqft

This beautiful century old building features updated kitchen and baths, new kitchen appliances, new HVAC equipment, refinished hardwood floors, rep... 

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$859,900
Provided courtesy of Dana Properties, LLC
23 Photos 55 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29401

55 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21028388 / Active Contingent
4 br, 4 ba, 3008 Sqft

55 Smith Street is a gracious Victorian home with soaring ceilings and period details throughout. Located in Harleston Village, the character-rich ... 

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$1,495,000
Reduced -$80,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
11 Photos 33 Lockwood Drive UNIT T19 (Lu 226) Charleston, SC 29401

33 Lockwood Drive UNIT T19 (Lu 226)
Charleston, SC 29401
Ashley Marina
Residential

MLS# 21028221 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, n/a Sqft

Largest single berth slip available in the Harborage at Ashley Marina at 90' x 18'. The Ashley Marina is one of the premier marina facilities in th... 

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$350,000
Provided courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty Inc
10 Photos 33 Lockwood Drive UNIT T-Dock Slip 13 (Lu220) Charleston, SC 29401

33 Lockwood Drive UNIT T-Dock Slip 13 (Lu220)
Charleston, SC 29401
The Harborage at Ashley Marina
Residential

MLS# 21028220 / Active
n/a br, n/a ba, 1080 Sqft

2nd Largest single berth slip available in the Harborage at Ashley Marina at 60' x 18'. The Ashley Marina is one of the premier marina facilities i... 

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$150,000
Provided courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty Inc
25 Photos 72 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

72 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21028229 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 4684 Sqft

Circa 1732. Beautiful Georgian house with garage located in a great high ground location just off Meeting Street. The Fotheringham-McNeil Tenements... 

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$3,750,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
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