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!
Wow! The style of the buildings are so cute, but the colours just make them – wonderful!
The colors are amazing to see in person!
These buildings are stunning! Need to add Charleston to my bucket list now! 😀
It’s such an amazing city! 🙂
Oh wow, they are such pretty houses! My Mother In Law has visited Charleston a few times and always said how beautiful it is, but this is the first time I’ve seen some pictures. Now I want a colourful house with a big wrap around porch! 🙂
Charleston definitely has some great home inspiration! 🙂 I hope you’ll be able to visit, it’s even prettier in person!
I am a huge fan of historical houses and the colorful colors in Charleston make me love them even more! You captured them prettily, Julia ????
Thank you! 🙂 Historical houses are my favorite!
I’d never heard of Charlestown before this post but it reminds me so much of the Caribbean! I am definitely adding this gem to my forever growing travel list now!
I can see the similarities! It’s definitely one of the more colorful towns in the U.S.!
Lovely pictures! Looks like such a pretty place! would love to visit one day.
Thank you! 🙂
It’s so interesting to read how one lady’s actions consequently transformed whole street! That’s so fascinating. Hope to visit Charleston one day and enjoy this unique place. Beautiful images! ????
Thank you! 🙂 Isn’t it awesome the difference one person can make?
I LOVE Charleston! My brother went to college there so I’ve spent a lot of time there (lucky me ????) You captured some beautiful pictures!
Thank you! 🙂 I wish I could visit more often!
OMG these heritage homes are gorgeous. I had no idea there was so much colour in Charleston. I’d love to visit one day.
It’s a beautiful city to visit!!
Wow! Your pictures are stunning! I’d love to live in the little pink house with the black shutters! Or any of these actually… 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I may have to add Charleston to my travel list. And living in one of those houses would be amazing!
Thank you! 🙂
My mom and I did a horse and buggy tour when we were there a few years back and the houses were just incredible, especially the ones along the water. I’m hoping to take a road trip through the Carolinas soon and see Charleston again! Such a pretty and historic city.
That sounds so fun! Charleston is definitely worth visiting again!
This makes me so nostalgic! I lived just outside of Charleston for a few years and I really love how the colors contributed to its charm, you captured it so well!
Thank you! It must have been a great area to live in!
Imagine if all the London instagrammers had just an afternoon here!! Insta would be transformed!! This is such a pretty Street I would absolutely love to visit!!
These houses to make fantastic photos for Instagram!! I’ve been posting them like crazy!
I’ve never been to Charleston, but I had no idea it was so colorful. I’ll need to add it to my list of places to visit!
It’s definitely one of the most colorful cities I’ve been to in the U.S.!
I loved Charleston and hope that I am able to go back and visit again. Rainbow Row and the water district are beautiful.
I hope you can go back, too! It’s such a pretty city!
Wooow, I had never seen pictures of Charleston but it looks so beautiful! A heaven for photographers. Rainbow Row looks awesome, and I like the unique way in which the houses were built sideways. What a dream it must be to own one of those! Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures of your travels as usual 🙂
Thanks! It’s a really beautiful city and you should visit if you get the chance!