Downtown Charleston Homes For Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Downtown Charleston may be one of the more recognized real estate markets in the country, considering its wealth of historic homes and the region’s national publicity. Conde Nast Traveler named Charleston the best place to visit in the U.S., and aerial photos of The Battery (White Point Gardens) and sights of cobblestone streets and of horse-drawn carriages carrying visitors are iconic. The city’s historic and central business districts rest on the Charleston peninsula, stretching from Battery to Mount Pleasant streets and flanked by Charleston Harbor and the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Many of the mansions are “South of Broad” (Street). Million dollar houses up to 250 years old line the Battery area, Tradd Street and East Bay Street with its pink, green and yellow stucco Rainbow Row townhomes. Restored 19th and early 20th century homes, including “Charleston single houses” and their double piazzas crop up all through the peninsula. Uptown sections such as West Side, Eastside and Wagener Terrace are gradually emerging after upgrades and  renovations.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Wealthy, college students, working class, diverse, educated, starting families, snow birds, retirees, singles, store owners, public servants.


Plush 18th-19th century mansions, refurbished single homes, newer reproductions, restored freedman houses, water views, pricey with hefty tax and insurance bills.


Cycling and skateboarding big around campuses, periodically flooded and traffic-choked, beautiful parks with large oak trees, storied historic spots, urbanesque.

You'll Love

Dining out, walking around town, riding a horse and carriage or rickshaw, restoring unique properties, watching the Riverdogs (minor league baseball).

Perfect For

History buffs, active adults, upscale professionals, preservationists, students pet lovers.

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In a city known for preservation, buyers can find most any age or style of home except ultramodern in the city’s vibrant downtown. A penthouse condo, for instance, tops the early 20th century People’s Building high rise (12 stories) on Broad Street. New hotels and apartments hug Meeting Street. Out-of-town buyers from the Northeast and Southern cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte own many of the centuries-old homes with large columns and slate or metal roofs; there are locals, too. The downtown real estate market has outpaced metro Charleston in the past years as prices regain strength. National chains and Charleston boutiques highlight the King Street central business district, anchored by Belmond Charleston Place hotel. The Market area, a remade version of the city’s old farmer’s market, attracts visitors to buy sweetgrass baskets and dine at casual eateries. Downtown Charleston’s restaurant scene, which includes James Beard winning chefs, earns marks for variety and Lowcountry cuisine. The Medical University of South Carolina oversees the medical district, while The Citadel military college sits off Hampton Park uptown and The College of Charleston and its famed cistern squeezes into midtown. Other sites: the South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Museum and Gibbes Art Gallery. Diverse downtown schools include Burke High, Buist Academy and the private Ashley Hall girls school.



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