Daniel Island is a master-planned community surrounded by rivers, creeks and beautiful marsh views. With more than 25 miles of trails, nationally ranked golf courses, and hundreds of acres of parks, it’s a wonderful choice for outdoor enthusiasts.
Popular with young professionals, young families, and retirees, “DI” truly offers a respite to all types of individuals, fostering a community of involvement and neighborly care. Blackbaud, BenefitFocus and Bosch are just a few of the major Charleston employers based in Daniel Island, making it an especially desirable location for young professionals. Young families appreciate the safe, quiet neighborhoods, where golf carts are the main mode of transportation. Retirees find peaceful refuge with easy to maintain, newly built homes and everyone enjoys access to the active lifestyle afforded by the thoughtfully designed layout of the island.
The only fear when you buy a house on Daniel Island is that you won’t ever leave; schools, groceries, boutique clothing stores, your favorite hair stylist -- you can even buy a wedding dress on Daniel Island! Move to Daniel Island for the pleasure of an island town without the tourists; stay to establish roots in your forever home.
Folly is a way of life that’s simply and distinctly, only Folly. The funky, laidback, come-as-you-are vibe appeals to souls young and old; a beachtown both popular with the college crowd, yet home to a tightly-knit, year-round community of residents.
Along the farther flung edges of the island, you’ll find many new builds, updated and equipped to withstand the elements. If your perfect idea of a beach home aligns more with the bungalow feel, there are streets nestled within the interior where the flora feels almost Swiss Family Robinson natured.
Surf the waves, visit the Morris Island lighthouse, fish off the pier, or explore the sea life. “Downtown” (we use that term lightly, here; imagine more of a Main Street than a centralized business-area) features an eclectic array of locally owned shops, restaurants and lots of live music. You’ll relish in the legendary sunset views. It’s high tides and good vibes here.
Just across the harbor from downtown Charleston, over the Ravenel Bridge, you’ll find the much sought after town of Mount Pleasant. Acclaimed for its quality of life, historic neighborhoods and award-winning schools, Mount Pleasant offers residents a lifestyle of both convenience and beauty.
Plenty of neighborhoods lend themselves to water access, but no matter where you settle down, the water’s only ever a short distance away. Long established neighborhoods thrive alongside new construction homes in Mount Pleasant; there’s a home for every aesthetic, ranging from colonial single family, to modern high rise complex, and everything in between.
Paddle board on Shem Creek, marvel at the shrimp boats that line the banks or indulge in fresh seafood. Mount Pleasant offers golfing, parks and marinas, bicycle paths and spectacular waterfront views. You’ll see tourists and locals alike walking the Ravenel Bridge and even snapping pictures of the best views of the city. Mount Pleasant is where recreation meets lifestyle.
Old Village is easily described as Mount Pleasant’s most coveted neighborhood. Residents here live a charmed life, enjoying easy access to both downtown Charleston and Sullivan’s Island. The “OV” is desirable for deep water access, stately homes surrounded by mature, live oak trees and proximity to all the amenities of Mount Pleasant.
Hop on your bike and wind your way down quiet streets to the waterfront park at Alhambra Hall, with church bells accompanying the ride. Side effects of buying a home here may include, but are not limited to, golf cart ownership (the preferred mode of transportation), and a perma-tan (tennis courts, outdoor dining, and fishing at Pitt St Bridge are practically backyard features).
Conveniently, the amenities in Old Village are open for public use, and there are no HOA fees. You read that correctly: no HOA fees. A cozy feeling of community envelopes all those who live within the boundaries of this idyllic village.
Sullivan’s Island is to Charleston what the Hamptons are to New York City. Stunning homes, quaint, locally-owned restaurants and shops, town schools and churches and a wide shoreline make this island one of the most desirable beach towns in South Carolina. Nosh on wings at Home Team BBQ alongside Darius Rucker, or plop your towel down on the beach next to Bill Murray - both of these stars call Sullivan’s “home.”
Aside from prime real estate in a family-friendly environment, Sullivan’s fosters community with events such as an annual oyster roast, which raises funds for the volunteer fire department. Additionally, anyone with an interest in history will appreciate the town’s significance during the Revolutionary War, and can bike or walk to Fort Moultrie to spend a day clambering over the rocks and imagining life as it once was.
Neighbor to Isle of Palms, and a short bridge ride to the commercial centers of Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s is 3.3 shore lined miles of residential perfection. Historic homes, many of which have been renovated over the years, remain treasured beach homes and primary residences through generations of Charlestonians.
West Ashley, formerly known as “West of the Ashley,” is one of Charleston’s oldest suburbs bordered by the Ashley River and intracoastal waterway. Rich in history, this area dates back to 1670, where English colonists established the first permanent European settlement in the Carolinas. Now Charles Towne Landing is a state historic site that visitors can tour and enjoy daily. Residents love West Ashley for the affordability, proximity to downtown and marsh and waterfront properties.
In West Ashley, residents share the distinction of City of Charleston dwellers with their downtown counterparts. This affords access to all City of Charleston perks, including community centers, parks and recreation facilities, and city-wide events. Additionally, with the arrival of new industry, such as the Boeing plant in North Charleston, West Ashley’s proximity and convenience to the interstate have made finding a home here all the more desirable, and spurred a boon of new construction. This has resulted in the appearance of new grocery stores (welcome to the ‘hood, Whole Foods!), restaurants, and of course, beautiful, new, custom homes. The West Ashley Greenway is also a popular activity for residents. Roughly 8 miles long, this wide, flat trail runs parallel to US 17, passing residences, parks, and marshes. Many homes are located right on the greenway, so if proximity to nature within an urban setting sounds appealing, West Ashley may be just the spot for you!
With wonderful schools, eclectic neighborhoods, and a wave of modernization, West Ashley is one of the most up-and-coming areas to buy a home within city limits.
Venturing off the peninsula to Johns Island requires passage over no less than three bridges, however, the ride is short, and pays off massive dividends in the form of stunning natural beauty. The entrance to Johns Island from Maybank Highway lands motorists along giant, oak tree-lined streets, which hide behind them mile upon mile of pristine marsh life. While there is a construction boom occurring at the moment (one which required road widening), Johns Island remains a breathtaking oasis for anyone weary of city life.
Home to several private islands, a robust and funky farmer’s market, and a growing number of destination-worthy eateries, this little town, part of the City of Charleston, is one of the most up and coming places to live in the area. The sense of community on Johns Island, which used to be predominantly farm land, continues to grow as development increases. Depending on your desire and/or budget, your neighbors can either be just a stone’s throw or miles away.
As for beaches, look no further than Kiawah Island’s Beachwalker Park; a public beach access run by the parks department which supplies glorious stretches of sand -- without the requirement of owning a million dollar home. The towns of Seabrook and Kiawah are accessible via Johns Island, and offer their own unique advantages to the discerning home buyer. Overall, Johns Island is a wonderful place to live for anyone wants to enjoy the remote life without actually being remote.
We surveyed James Islanders, Family Feud style, to identify the top reasons why they choose to live there. Survey says:
Privacy. Well-established neighborhoods equate to homes with spacious lots, mature vegetation, and thoughtfully planned communities
Trees! James Island cultivates the distinct feeling that you’re living in a forest, more so than any other place in Charleston. Conifers of every make and model line the roads; even the commercial routes seem softer, hiding superstores like WalMart and Lowes behind highly wooded barriers.
Price point. The cost of living on James Island remains, on average, lower than either Mt. Pleasant or downtown Charleston, making finding a home and resourcing goods a less costly.
Entertainment. Jam out to a funky band at the Pour House, sip wine while catching the latest blockbuster at the Terrace Theater, or catch an off-off Broadway show at the Charleston Performing Arts Center. There’s no lack of entertainment here.
The vibe. James Island boasts a welcoming feel to people from all walks of life. Pawn shops coexist peaceably beside churches; hole-in-the-wall taco joints compete with fine dining Italian restaurants; and everyone enjoys use of public spaces such as James Island County Park.
With good public schools, room to sprawl out, water access, and a smattering of new apartment complexes, James Island can’t be overlooked as an ideal place to enjoy lowcountry living.
As if proximity to Travel and Leisure’s #1 US City wasn’t enough, Summerville stands out on her own as a charming, southern town. With an ambling Main Street, stately historic homes and an eclectic mix of tradition and innovation, Summerville no longer hides in Charleston’s shadow.
The town originally served as the destination where Charlestonians would escape the scorching heat of summer months in the city. Now, Summerville houses the headquarters of several recognizable commercial brands, including Fruit of the Loom, Bosch and MeadWestVaco. Likewise, the arrival of both Mercedes-Benz and Volvo in neighboring Ladson is helping put Summerville on the map, drawing people in with access to great schools, and homes - both old and new - with ample square footage for your dollar.
Summerville also claims to have invented a southern beverage standard: sweet tea. Nowadays, you can add breweries and even a coffee roaster to the bounty of current beverage providers. The annual Flowertown Festival, entering it’s 46th year, draws visitors by the thousands each Spring to admire the town’s dazzling array of azaleas, and celebrate the work of several hundred artists from around the nation. There are a million reasons to include Summerville in your hunt for the perfect home, whether you’re looking for a good investment home, a community to establish roots, or an affordable residence close to all that Charleston has to offer