Whether you're looking to move to the US or you're looking at buying a second home here, Charleston is the perfect place for international buyers to start their journey. Originally founded way back in 1670 as "Charles Town," this city has over 350 years of history as one of the top destinations for Presidents and other important figures. Modern-day Charleston, with its charming cobblestone roads, gorgeous weather, delicious food, and classic Southern hospitality, remains one of the top destinations for international buyers, whether they're looking to move here permanently or buy a vacation home. For out-of-country buyers in Charleston, here are some reasons this city makes the perfect getaway!

Out of Country Buyers Love Charleston's Value for Investment

When considering buying property, people outside the United States often look at large metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or New York. However, people quickly discover just how overvalued those places are - especially if you are seeking to buy a home to visit on a part-time basis. 

While Charleston's property prices have increased over the past years, South Carolina, as a whole, remains far more accessible than many other states. For example, South Carolina has one of the nation's lowest mean effective property tax rates (for permanent residents). Thus, you'll pay little property taxes if you want to move here. Tax rates are higher if you're looking for a vacation home; however, they're still not as problematic as states like New Jersey or New York, which have significantly higher rates.

According to PayScale, The cost of living in Charleston is over 60% lower than in New York, 33% lower than in Los Angeles, 5% lower than in Dallas, 15% lower than in Miami, and 35% lower than in Boston. Living in Charleston is even cheaper than in Phoenix, another popular destination for those looking for warm climates in the winter.

The Charleston area has homes for any lifestyle you could desire. If you want to enjoy the beautiful waters, there are waterfront homes with large lot sizes. Those looking for homes with history and character will find them in downtown Charleston (where else could you buy a home that a historical President lived in or used?). If you want a more suburban lifestyle, you'll find that, too, in places like West Ashley.

The bottom line here is clear: if you are looking for a place with a wide variety of homes and an incredible lifestyle, Charleston is a place where that dream can become a reality!

International Buyers Love Charleston's Hospitality

Charleston is well-known for its Southern hospitality, and international buyers will instantly feel at home in this welcoming city. In 2016, voters in Travel and Leisure voted Charleston as the number one city in the world, thanks, in part, to friendly locals. People in Charleston are laid back and neighborly, always looking to make people, wherever they come from, feel welcome here.

Out-of-country buyers in Charleston will find it easy to socialize and fit in with the culture here, which, sadly, other parts of the US are not known for (Seattle, for example, is notorious for the "Seattle freeze").

Part of the reason for Charleston's hospitality is the lovely weather and beautiful scenery in the area. It's hard not to be happy in a place like this. Beaches, warm weather, charming architecture, and great food make it easy to feel satisfied - and it shows in residents' positive attitudes!

Charleston Has Numerous Attractions and Activities

History buffs will love all the landmarks in Charleston where important events in the US have happened, such as the Fort Sumter National Monument. Those inclined to go out on the water will enjoy the proximity to Charleston's ocean and beaches. People who enjoy nature will love being close to the Francis Marion National Forest and Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Area.

There's a restaurant in Charleston from every nationality around the world. Most major stores are here, so if you love shopping, there are numerous places to go and get everything you need.

No matter what you want, you can likely find it in Charleston! People can always find something to do in the warmer, sunny weather - even in the winter!

International Buyers: Consider Charleston as Your US Getaway

There are numerous reasons why out-of-country buyers will love Charleston. However, the best way to see why is to explore the homes, meet the people, and see different areas. On Southern Bell Living, you can do all of those things. Virtually tour the areas via our community guide, see some attractions, and contact us when you've found a few homes you like! We'd love to learn more about your preferences and help you find the perfect home, or vacation home, in the Charleston area! 

Top Area's in Charleston October 3, 2022
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$1,765,000
Neighborhood: Heirloom Landing
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,500
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22023729
MLS
Enjoy lowcountry living at its finest within the serene and peaceful setting of Heirloom Landing. This stunning elevated home offers incredible curb appeal, on a spacious lot, and will impress even...
$460,000
Neighborhood: Barberry Woods
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,632
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025445
MLS
Come see this rare opportunity to own a turn key home on one of the best lots in Barberry Woods. The recently freshly painted exterior, the quiet cul-de-sac, and the back yard privacy, all lend to a...
$600,000
Neighborhood: Belle Hall
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,774
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025455
MLS
Move-in-ready one story Belle Hall home with all new flooring and freshly painted interior! Bright and cheery floorplan has large living space complete with wood burning fireplace, decorative built...
$2,995,000
Neighborhood: Isle Of Palms
5
Beds
5
Baths
3,792
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22016791
MLS
Lovely, large second row beach home, tastefully decorated and furnished offering the best of coastal living. This 3792 square foot home is conveniently located directly across the street to beach...
$2,500,000
Neighborhood: Romain Retreat
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,540
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025459
MLS
With sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway, a private dock, and numerous outdoor living spaces, this spacious Awendaw home epitomizes Lowcountry living at its finest. Located in the private...
$615,000
Neighborhood: Dunes West
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,772
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22014746
MLS
Come home to beautiful Dunes West, walk in and unpack. This one-of-a-kind listing has taken care of everything, the owner has spared no expense to live comfortably. This 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bath townhome...
$608,000
Neighborhood: Dunes West
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,216
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22016915
MLS
A refined lowcountry aesthetic and ultra-functional layout fused with intelligent design. This 4bed 3.5bath gem is your 3216sqft oasis of convenient, easy-living. Nestled in one of the most desirable...
$575,000
Neighborhood: Dunes West
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,214
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025473
MLS
This charming home is located in the well-known Dunes West Neighborhood that has fantastic recreational club amenities and a golf course. The home has an excellent location with shopping and...
$1,900,000
Neighborhood: Old Village
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,340
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025469
MLS
Old Village--Beautiful 3 bedroom home located on the corner of Pitt St and Bank St just across from James B Edwards Park and the tennis courts and just 3 blocks to the shops and restaurants of the...
$389,000
Neighborhood: Mariners Cay
1
Beds
1
Baths
842
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025483
MLS
This handyman special is awaiting your special touch. Excellent location with marsh and Folly River views in the tranquil Little Oak community. Low price reflects the opportunity to remodel this...
$594,000
Neighborhood: Carolina Park
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,917
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025492
MLS
Low Maintenance craftsmen style cottage available now. Welcome to the Cottages @ Carolina Park. 2022 Prism Award winner for ''Best New Community'' Located in the heart of beautiful North Mount...
$350,000
Neighborhood: Hibben Ferry II
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,030
Sq.Ft.
1984
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22025532
MLS
Fully updated Hibben's Ferry II second floor condo with wooded view in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Easy access to route 17, 526 and downtown Charleston. Close to shopping, restaurants, and area...