A Sale of Two Cities:
House Hunting in Charleston, SC and San Francisco, CA

HGTV visits San Francisco and Charleston, SC in a home search to see and compare what $650,000 will buy. Check out these snapshots offering a sampling of homes and spaces from the search.

CHARLESTON, SC: The Hospitable City

Charleston was founded in 1670 as "Charles Town" and is the oldest city in South Carolina. It is known for, among other things, its beautiful downtown, preserved historic buildings and exceptional southern cuisine. At one time Charleston was commonly known by the moniker The Holy City, possibly for the plentiful churches and steeples visible in its skyline.

Charleston, SC: Grassy Creek House

This southern manor style home is in the historic Grassy Creek neighborhood located on the banks of the Wando River, about 15 minutes from downtown Charleston. 

Charleston, SC: Grassy Creek House

The entry to the Grassy Creek home leads into this impressive rotunda space with columns, fireplace, two-story ceilings and Juliet balconies.

Charleston, SC: Grassy Creek House

The master bedroom features hardwood floors and French doors leading out onto the front balcony.

Charleston, SC: Grassy Creek House

The Grassy Creek house has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, is 2900 square feet and is listed at $639,900.

Charleston, SC: Daniel Island

This home is located in the Daniel Island neighborhood, about 20 minutes north of downtown Charleston. It has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3500 square feet and is listed at $639,900.

Charleston, SC: Daniel Island

The majority of homes in Daniel Island are built in the classic Charleston manor style even though most have been built since 1996 when the area was annexed by Charleston.

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

This 3800-square-foot home in the quiet neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant has five bedrooms and four full baths and is priced at $650,000. 

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant was first settled in 1680. It is located a short distance from downtown Charleston, just across the Ravenel Bridge, and features homes built in classic southern styles.

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

The backyard at this Mt. Pleasant home features a large pool with brick paver patio, waterfall and accent tile.

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

The kitchen features a massive island with granite tops and an adjacent butler's pantry.

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

Charleston, SC: Mount Pleasant

Two upstairs bedrooms have access to the front balcony.

SAN FRANCISCO: Golden Gate City

Home to Haight-Ashbury and the hippies, City Lights and the beats, the Mission, the Castro and North Beach, San Francisco is unquestionably one of America's most eclectically fascinating cities. Architecturally it's a mixed bag of classic, modern and post-modern -- with compact row houses alongside modern urban lofts, craftsman cottages, the mansions of Nob Hill, stately Victorians and the famous Painted Ladies. In real estate terms, it's also one of the most expensive places to live in the US.

San Francisco: The Portola House

The Portola is an up-and-coming neighborhood in San Francisco's famed Mission District. With properties in the Mission becoming increasingly sought after, bidding wars for homes are not uncommon.

San Francisco: The Portola House

This 1285-square-foot house in the Portola neighborhood has four bedrooms, one bath and is listed at $699,000.

San Francisco: The Portola House

This Victorian styled two-story home was built in the early 1900s. Many of the homes in the Portola neighborhood were built following San Francisco's 1906 earthquake when residents wanted to live in lower, shorter structures. 

San Francisco: The Portola House

As in many homes of this era, the living room features bay windows. Other features include high ceilings, stamped tin wall tiles and ceiling medallion.

San Francisco: The Portola House

San Francisco: The Portola House