Can the duplexes in Charleston, SC be converted into a single family home? Are there any restrictions to doing this?

Asked by, Radcliffeborough, Charleston, SC Sat Jun 5, 2010

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JamesThompson, , Charleston, SC
Sun Jun 6, 2010
As a General Contractor and a Realtor I can help you with the process of buying, re-zoning and the conversion of the structure on the property to the home you want. Please check out my site to see some of our work .

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"Carolina Jo…, Agent, Charleston, SC
Fri Jun 11, 2010
Aubrey, this should not be an issue since a duplex is a "higher use" typically city zoning will have no issue with approving a modification to a single family dwelling. In fact check the current zoning, quite often in the past a downtown Charleston a single famliy dwelling was converted to a duplex without a zonng change. In any event make sure you contact zoning to insure your pla is acceptable. Let me know if I can help in any way.

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Maureen Cody, , Charleston, SC
Mon Jun 7, 2010

Many of the duplex homes in Charleston were once single family homes. It would be a matter of research the individual homes to check on zoning and also with respect to historical home guidelines.

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Clint Kelly, Agent, Charleston, SC
Mon Jun 7, 2010
Yes they can. One of my clients bought a duplex with the intention of living in it for the short term while renting out the other half. He has great tenants paying over half of his mortgage on the property and wants to convert the duplex back to a single family dwelling in a couple of years once his family outgrows his half of the dwelling. You have lots of options on these types of projects.
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Cheryll Wood…, Agent, Mount Pleasant, SC
Sat Jun 5, 2010
Dear Aubrey,

Radcliffeborough is a great neighborhood in Charleston! It would be a good choice for your home.

If the property that you are considering is currently a duplex, it likely that the home is not zoned for single family use. That being said, dingle family zoning would be a downzoning and there are other single family homes in the neighborhood so I would think that you could get the approvals that you need. You or your representative should contact the City of Charleston Planning Department for guidance on the best way to proceed. They will need the Tax Map Number to identify the property. If it is a legal duplex, it should have two tax map numbers. I chair the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission and we normally don't have any issues with downzoning unless adjacent property owners for some reason take issue with the change.

I hope that this was helpful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information.

Best regards,


Cheryll Woods-Flowers
Keller Williams Realty
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sat Jun 5, 2010
For accurate information check with your local building's department. What is your agent advising, he/she can be a good source of information.
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