I LOVE how colorful Charleston is! Last week I posted about the best places to shop and eat in Charleston, and I love that even the stores and markets are colorful. Charleston is the closest thing I’ve seen to Burano Island in the U.S. so far. So if you want to see some beautiful pastel-colored houses without paying for a flight to Italy, you should take a tour of the colorful houses in Charleston! 🙂
If you’ve seen my posts on houses in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, you’ll know how much I love historical houses. I’ve been to Charleston a few times, and seeing all the pretty homes is probably my favorite thing to do there! Charleston is known for its colorful houses, and you’ve probably heard of Rainbow Row– the row of colorful Georgian houses on East Bay Street. If you like taking tons of photos like me, I think you’ll like Rainbow Row.
You can take a tour of the area if you want, or you can just take a leisurely walk by the houses like my friends and I did. For a little history on the homes, they were built around the 1740s by merchants who would use the ground floors for their stores and lived in the floors above. During the Civil War, the houses were neglected until a woman named Dorothy Porcher Legge bought some of the houses and painted them pink. People started buying the homes and painted them other colors, but no one seems to know exactly why they were all painted rainbow colors.
Rainbow Row is actually only 14 houses, but there are tons of other colorful historical houses in Charleston! We walked along the water and into the historic district to see some more houses.
These houses along the water were built “sideways” to help with airflow in the house before air conditioning was invented. The “front door” actually leads onto the porch before you go into the actual front door!
Recognize this building from the post where I announced my upcoming trip? 🙂
Anyone else wish they could afford any of these gorgeous homes? Even if you can’t afford them, if you love beautiful historic houses as much as I do, I definitely recommend taking a tour of the colorful houses in Charleston! 🙂 It’s one of the best places to take photos in the city!