The Ins and Outs of Downtown Charleston Condos

With so many different buildings in the Charleston Peninsula, sometimes it’s hard to know what is what. Downtown has such a wide variety of property when it comes to houses and condominiums. Condos can come in the form of a part of a large historic home or a high-rise building, or as a luxurious penthouse overlooking the water. You’d probably be surprised how many mysterious buildings are actually condominiums, and that there are quite a few of them downtown. Condos downtown can range anywhere from a mixed-use loft on the Eastside starting at $224,900 to a $3 million 3,000+ square foot luxury condo overlooking waterfront park in the French Quarter.

Here are most of the different condominiums downtown and which neighborhood they belong to. If you want to see details and exactly what is for sale in each one, just click on the name!

South of Broad  

French Quarter  

Harleston Village  

Downtown   (King St. Historic District)


Westside  /Medical Complex Area



Wagener Terrace 

North Central 



Great properties under $500,000 downtown

When most people think about buying a home in downtown Charleston, one of the first things that comes to mind is “expensive.” While there are plenty of properties located in prestigious areas like South of Broad, the French Quarter, and Harleston Village that are in the million dollar price point, some might be surprised to find that there are affordable properties in spots like these. Single family homes are more sparse South of the Crosstown, but there are some great finds in the Hampton Park/Wagener Terrace neighborhoods. For first-time home buyers that think finding a single-family home in their price range downtown is impossible, take a look at some of these. Here are some fantastic 2-3 bedrooms houses that have been renovated, are very affordable, and are in an area that is really progressing.

250 W Poplar Street is a quaint 3 bedroom/2 bathroom house located in Wagener Terrace that was just listed for $339,000 and underwent thorough renovations in 2008/2009. One distinct feature about houses in this area is that properties, like this one, have fantastic yard space.

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15 Felix St. is a custom built home in a fantastic location that is just blocks away from College of Charleston, King St. Shopping, and Marion Square. With 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this is located in Cannonborough-Elliottborough and is listed for $499,000. In the heart of College of Charleston student living, this is a great investment property.

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10 Rutledge Ave., Unit C is the only single family property available South of Broad in this price range. This is an old carriage house that has been completely renovated with 1 bedroom and 2 full bathrooms and is listed for $395,000. Although this is a smaller property, you can’t beat the location and the updates are beautiful.

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While there are less single family homes available under $500,000, there are plenty of condos available in this range. The unique feature about condos downtown is that they can be in a large complex, such as the Fort Sumter House at 1 King St. South of Broad, or they can be a single unit in a larger historic house.

18 Savage St., Unit A is the lower half of a Charleston Single that is comprised of 3 units. This 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo is listed for $439,000 South of Broad and is a lovely property.

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79 Society Street, Unit A is another beautiful condo located in Downtown near the King St. Historic District. This 2 bedroom/2 bathroom is listed for $475,000 with full interior and exterior renovations.

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21 George St is an amazing building right off of King St. and up the street from College of Charleston. One of my co-workers has a very spacious 1 bedroom/2 bathroom listed, #207, with over 1200 square feet for $474,500. This complex was built in 2007 and includes a gym, garage parking, and a rooftop deck.

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To browse on your own, click on one of the links below:

Condos under $500,000

Houses under $500,000


Dunes and Charleston featured on House Hunters

Last week it was very exciting to see Charleston on HGTV’s House Hunters. While it’s always fun to see your town on television, this episode was particularly entertaining because one of Dunes Properties‘ agents, Kristin Walker, was the real estate agent! The house hunters were from Boston and had decided to buy a vacation home here after visiting the area and loving it. They were looking for a single-family home with features such as hardwood floors and a working fireplace along with a location that puts them in walking distance to shops


and restaurants. There were a couple of more difficult items on their wish list that are more rare in Charleston, such as a small yard/space to separate them from their neighbors, and that the wife did not want her home to be on a street where she would see any horse-and-carriage tours, which are extremely common in the historic areas.

Kristin showed them numerous properties, and three were featured on the show. The properties varied in location downtown. They looked in Harleston Village, Radcliffeborough, and in areas around Hampton Park. Some of the common things you will find in historic Charleston property, such as slanted floors, homes dated back to the late 1800’s, and lack of yard space were a little unsettling for the clients. Kristin pointed out that these are all features you are going to find in any Charleston home, unless it is a new property. But, these types of features are what give historic Charleston properties their character, and the Boston residents came around. They chose a great home right up the street from my place in Harleston Village on a small street called Poulnot Lane. A yard was very desirable for them, and an appealing part of the houses on this particular street is that most of them have courtyards and a little more yard space than other homes have that are very close together. Although they will still see the daily carriage tours, this spot is in a prime location within easy walking distance to shopping and dining.

The episode aired on HGTV last Thursday, 2/21.