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 27, 2022
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$555.02
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$943,933
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568 Properties
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$2,150,000
Neighborhood: Wild Dunes
6
Beds
6
Baths
2,870
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22029535
MLS
Ocean views in Wild Dunes with great rental history!!! This two story elevated construction home is situated on a quiet cul de sac just steps away from beach access and miles of pristine beach. The...
$390,000
Neighborhood: East Bridge Town Lofts
2
Beds
2
Baths
976
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22029536
MLS
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Open 11/27
68 W 9th St Folly Beach, SC 29439
$1,995,000
Neighborhood: Folly Beach
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,309
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029519
MLS
Don't miss this beautiful, elevated home on the FOLLY RIVER with a 20'x40' BOAT SLIP! Walk out your backdoor and hop into your boat! And the views from this home are amazing! From Kiawah to Mt...
Open 11/27
14 25th Ave Isle Of Palms, SC 29451
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,410
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029533
MLS
On The Corner of 25TH and Hartnett Blvd, this house is 2 Blocks from The Beach and a Straight Shot Down25th Beach Access.The House was Raised in 1991 and the Sunroom and the 2nd Bath was Added. This...
$739,000
Neighborhood: Oyster Point
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,920
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029215
MLS
This END END unit townhouse is a 3 bedrooms 2 and 1/2 baths with abundant light from it's west side position and is in perfect condition. From the large drive under garage you enter the first floor...
$1,599,000
Neighborhood: Kiawah Island
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,873
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029489
MLS
Charming and unique Kiawah Island home boasting tranquil views of Cougar Point Golf Course - welcome to 156 Sea Marsh Drive. Nestled under a beautiful live oak canopy, this 3 bedroom/3 bathroom...
$525,000
Neighborhood: Riverview Farms
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,011
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029508
MLS
Gorgeous one story home located on River Road, this neighborhood has 2 beautiful ponds, community gardens, playground and wonderful walking trails. This 3 bedroom and 2 bath home has plenty of room...
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,850
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029467
MLS
Rare opportunity to purchase In this incredible location. Come see this beautiful home in the premier Enclave neighborhood that backs up to the woods & walking paths of the coastal Palmetto Island...
$1,280,000
Neighborhood: Rivertowne Country Club
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,105
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029473
MLS
Premium lot view on golf course. Major upgrades. Community amenities galore. A must see! Championship Arnold Palmer designed count ry club golf course . Too many upgrades to list. Bring your golf...
Open 11/27
1602 Fishbone Drive Dr Johns Island, SC 29455
$495,000
Neighborhood: Fenwick Woods
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,199
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029474
MLS
Beautiful three-story craftsman home nestled in the heart of Johns Island. This home features an open floor plan, covered entry, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a bonus room that could be used as a 4th...
$1,525,000
Neighborhood: Betsy Field
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,135
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029482
MLS
This beautiful home is placed on more than 1.5 picturesque acres, providing the ultimate in privacy. Includes true deep water, covered dock and floater in place. Recently added sunroom overlooks...
$1,195,000
Neighborhood: Carolina Park
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,005
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
5
Days on Site
22029410
MLS
This Carolina Park home located in the custom Riverside section boasts plenty of space with a 0.4 acre wooded setting and a double front porch elevation. Separate entry porch leads you into the foyer....