One of the things we’ve noticed after wandering around Charleston for 3 days is the number of houses for sale. Much of the historic district seems to be on the market. We were told that many of these old houses had become “investment properties” and, with the downturn in the economy, the owners have been forced to list them.
Now, these are not your average properties. A number of them, like the one shown here, predate the American Revolution. They’ve obviously been well maintained and renovated along the way, but the basic structures go back to the mid – 1700’s. To me, that’s amazing. The other “amazing” thing, of course, is the asking price of these places. My wife, for example, would dearly love this this place (30 Queen St.). For about $2 million, it’s all ours. Other places in the area run as high as $4 million. Then all you have to worry about is hurricanes and other large storms (they don’t call it the Low Country for nothing).
Seriously, I haven’t seen any city quite like Charleston. We’ve been here 3 times now, and there’s always something new. The city literally oozes history out of every pore. Whether you’re walking on Meeting St., King St., Tradd, or my favorite, Longitude Lane, you’re moving backward in time. Or visit one of the local churches – like St. Phillips – and walk through the cemetery and view the graves of the Calhouns and Pinckneys. Some of these folks actually signed the U. S. constitution. But mostly it’s the houses and the streets (a few are still cobblestone). You won’t find history so well preserved anywhere else, I think.
“Progress” here means maintaining what already exists. Not a bad idea, actually.