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 November 30, 2022
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$561.08
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$955,000
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557 Properties
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$1,225,000
Neighborhood: Carolina Park
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,085
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22029595
MLS
BACK YARD OASIS - SALTWATER IN-GOUND POOL with heating and cooling feature AND POND VIEW in one of Mount Pleasant's most sought-after communities - Carolina Park! DOUBLE FRONT PORCHES welcome you to...
$689,000
Neighborhood: Chelsea Park
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,930
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029405
MLS
Chelsea Park is located on Rifle Range Road in the heart of Mount Pleasant within 1.5 miles of shopping and restaurants, and 3.5 miles of public beaches. The home, built in 1995, has been well...
$734,320
Neighborhood: Laurel Oak
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,785
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029617
MLS
The Isaac plan is truly versatile, featuring an amazing open layout perfect for both family time and entertaining, and a high-end gourmet kitchen with gas cooktop and separate wall ovens. The...
Open 12/3
1214 Segar St Johns Island, SC 29455
$550,000
Neighborhood: Swygerts Landing
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,158
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029625
MLS
Welcome to 1214 Segar Street! Located in the highly sought after Swygert's Landing neighborhood, this 2158 sq. ft., 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home offers a spacious open floorplan featuring beautiful...
$295,000
Neighborhood: Park West
1
Beds
1
Baths
704
Sq.Ft.
2000
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029644
MLS
Move-in ready 3rd floor condo overlooking wooded area to maximize your privacy while on your covered patio. Beautifully updated with new carpet throughout, new kitchen flooring, brand new dishwasher...
$1,795,000
Neighborhood: Middlewoods East
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,882
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029646
MLS
This lovely house is situated on an incredible lot on the Kiawah River, with water, marsh, sunset and sunrise views.The house is built on 3 levels which are staggered. It is 2882 SF with 3 large...
$2,995,000
Neighborhood: Ion
5
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
4,509
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029342
MLS
This beautiful lakefront home in the coveted I'On neighborhood offers a wonderful and flexible floor plan. You'll fall in love at first sight with the double stacked porches overlooking Westlake....
$9,950,000
Neighborhood: Old Village
4
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
4,522
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029387
MLS
Views! Views! Beautiful waterfront home in the Old Village with panoramic views of Charleston Harbor from the Ravenel Bridge to Ft. Sumter. Built by Structures Builders, this masterfully crafted home...
$900,000
Neighborhood: Wakendaw East
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,242
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22025307
MLS
How about a new home for the holidays? Gift yourself instant equity on this freshly painted classic Lowcountry home that appraised at $950k recently. Nestled among mature oak trees on a deep...
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,274
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029559
MLS
This six bedroom second row home is a must see for anyone looking for a vacation home, primary residence, or vacation rental. The home features white oak wide plank flooring, quartz countertops,...
$2,395,000
Neighborhood: Forest Trail
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,679
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029565
MLS
Well maintained home on Isle of Palms, located across the street from the Wild Dunes golf course, close to the Isle of Palms marina, a short golf cart ride to the the beach, with an updated kitchen,...
$595,000
Neighborhood: The Timbers
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,451
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029580
MLS
Exciting opportunity to own a 1/9th interest at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences. This luxury appointed 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom residence offers pristine views from a private oceanfront balcony....