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5 houses for sale in Charleston, SC, a top city for investment buyers

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
August 12, 2022 - 12:30PM

This 1890 two bedroom, two bath is listed for $739,900.

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If you’re looking to buy an investment property outside of the tri-state area, Charleston, South Carolina, is a good place to look. The historic coastal city is the second-most profitable location to own a rental house in the U.S., thanks to low housing costs and a high return on your investment via Airbnb, according to a HomeAdvisor survey.

Charleston is also the largest city in the state so it appeals to a wide variety of people because there’s a thriving shopping and dining scene (especially along King Street) mixed with a slower pace of living. If you enjoy life on the water, fishing, boating, and crabbing are popular pastimes here. And since the city was founded in 1670, there’s lots of history with downtown walking tours and museums like The Charleston Museum and Gibbes Museum of Art.

When it comes to buying a house here, the median sales price is $500,372 according to Redfin. You can find historic places in downtown Charleston where you can get around on foot, houses closer to the coast (many of which are Lowcountry houses with large covered front porches and lots of windows), and places in more suburban areas. 

Sound like a fit? Check out these five houses for sale in Charleston, South Carolina, including a historic two bedroom for $739,900.

102 Franklin Retreat Ct.

This three bedroom, two and a half bath is listed for $550,000. The house has high ceilings, Italian tile floors, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, recessed lighting, central air, a fireplace, patio, fenced-in backyard, and detached garage. Indigo Reef Brewing Company and Daniel Island Marina & Boat Club are nearby. 

266 Ashley Ave.

This two bedroom, two bath is listed for $739,900. The historic house features original brick fireplaces, wood-paneled ceilings, recessed lighting, exposed brick, hardwood floors, a wet bar, stainless steel appliances, a walk-in closet, covered front porch, and central air. Little Line Kitchen & Provisions and Arthur W. Christopher Community Center are nearby. 

124 Congress St.

This three bedroom, three bath is listed for $760,000. It has a fenced-in backyard, a front porch, balcony, high ceilings, crown molding, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, central air, Nest thermostats, and surround sound and alarm systems. Hampton Park and Little Jack’s Tavern are nearby. 

30 Maple St.

This three bedroom, three and a half bath is listed for $775,000 after a $40,000 cut. The renovated house has hardwood floors, crown molding, bay windows, stainless steel appliances, central air, a sunroom, covered front porch, fenced-in backyard, and shed. Corrine Jones Park and The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery are nearby.

951 Carmel Dr.

This five bedroom, three bath is listed for $825,000. The house has statement wallpaper, hardwood and tile floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, crown molding, ceiling fans, central air, new appliances and light fixtures, a fireplace, large deck, and fenced-in backyard. James Island Yacht Club and Melton Peter Demetre Park are nearby.  



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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