International Buyers

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 January 30, 2023
450
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$557.80
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$989,445
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450 Properties
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3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,107
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
1
Day on Site
23002074
MLS
Nestled on a quiet Cul de Sac in the heart of the Ocean Green neighborhood, this charming, southern styled home awaits you! #20 is one half of a duplex. Separated by a shared rear wall, the two units...
6
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
4,215
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
1
Day on Site
23002075
MLS
One of a Kind! Unique opportunity to purchase an entire Duplex in the desireable Ocean Green neighborhood. Built as two separate back to back 3 bedroom homes, Buyer will have the option of using one...
$834,900
Neighborhood: Rivertowne On The Wando
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,608
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
1
Day on Site
23002076
MLS
Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a home in the desirable Rivertowne on the Wando neighborhood. Come home to an inviting and relaxing outdoor oasis situated next to protected woodlands with a...
$495,000
Neighborhood: Park West
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,760
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
1
Day on Site
23001618
MLS
Great opportunity to be in Park West. This hardi plank home has a newer roof and a great wrap around screened porch. The main bedroom is on the 1st floor and there is a FROG that can be used as a...
$455,000
Neighborhood: Fenwick Woods
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,208
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
2
Days on Site
23002057
MLS
This Lovely 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath home is located in the heart of Johns Island on a pond lot., with access to the pond from the back yard with your own gate.The bonus room could be a 4th Bedroom.The...
$2,995,000
Neighborhood: Rushland Landing
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,405
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
2
Days on Site
23002065
MLS
Situated on deep water of the Stono River, this hidden jewel of Johns Island and Rushland Landing is a must-see property. Its direct access to the water, close proximity to downtown and beaches,...
$639,000
Neighborhood: Lieben Park
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,732
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
2
Days on Site
23002071
MLS
Welcome home to the best price per square foot value in all of Mount Pleasant. As well, the home sits on a large, fenced lot for privacy. At just over 2700 square feet, you'll have plenty of room...
$419,000
Neighborhood: Winnsboro Lakes
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,454
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002021
MLS
Welcome to this stunning lowcountry home on beautiful John's Island! Enjoy the spacious open floor plan with lots of natural light. Upon entering you are greeted with brand new flooring throughout...
$645,990
Neighborhood: The Retreat At Brownswood
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,785
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002023
MLS
The Murray floorplan features a primary suite on the main level. Large walk in closet, dual porches, screen porch and extended deck. Fireplace, gas hookup for cooking (electric cooktop installed but...
$1,525,000
Neighborhood: The Preserve At Fenwick Plantation
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
2,942
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002030
MLS
This exquisite designer curated 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom home offers organic, handcrafted elements along with custom details that help create a unique home. This Artisan bungalow has it all! With...
$565,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,381
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002035
MLS
Welcome to your new home! 1606 Stovall is tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the picturesque Lakeside subdivision - known for it's beautiful lake, large oak trees, walking trails, andplay park. The...
$299,900
Neighborhood: Island Estates
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,120
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
4
Days on Site
23001421
MLS
Charming home located in the subdivision of Island Estates. This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house has many updates including smooth ceilings, stainless steel appliances, new countertops and new engineered...