“In Charleston, more than elsewhere, you get the feeling that the twentieth century is a vast, unconscionable mistake.”
~Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline
Considered one of the most beautiful, livable, and historic cities in America, Charleston is no stranger to being honored for that beauty and livability. Condé-Naste named the city its top American travel destination. Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked it the #3 city in North America to visit as well as ranking one of its downtown neighborhoods the fifth most beautiful in America. The city has also been honored as one of the country’s most romantic, sexiest, most friendly, and best dressed. Its restaurants and shops have been honored as being some of the best in the world.
Nowhere is the essence of Charleston better captured than in its historic downtown. With cobblestone streets, wrought iron gates, and meticulously maintained gardens, the centuries old antebellum homes and bustling shops along King Street present a magical place both for tourists and those lucky enough to live here. Settled in 1670 on the banks of the Ashley River, and named Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II, the city moved to its present location in 1680 to take advantage of the deeper waters of Charleston Harbor. In 1783, the city took its present name to distance itself from its days of English rule.
A city with a prominent place in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, reminders of its history are literally at every turn in its historic downtown. There’s The Battery, the landmark seawall built on Charleston Harbor as a defense against attack during the Civil War and now a popular promenade. There’s City Market, a central part of Charleston’s economic life for more than 200 years. There are taverns and meeting halls where rebel Colonists met to plot against the British Crown, the spires of huge churches that are hundreds of years old, museums, world-class restaurants, the College of Charleston, and historic homes at every turn.
With some of the most expensive real estate to be found in the U.S., a few condominiums and homes south of Broad Street in the neighborhood closest to Charleston Harbor can occasionally be found in the low $400s. Asking prices of $4-$8 million for larger and older homes in the area are common with some homes listed for as much as $20 million. Famed author Pat Conroy penned a wonderful book centered around growing up "South of Broad". Its magic is unique and affects all who walk the streets here. Call us for an appointment to view these most wonderful homes from the old south, or look around in our communities here on the website to find the ones you like the most!