Boasting a comfortable climate, a great location, historical charm and a variety of resources, the Charleston area is one of the best places to live in the nation. The metropolitan area is comprised of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties, and stretches some 50 miles inland, with 90 miles of oceanfront. With its diverse economic mix and one of the largest containerized cargo ports on the South Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the area continues to grow, yet its rich, historic charm and cultural sophistication are evident throughout the entire city. The region also boasts a multi-billion dollar visitor industry, one of the Southeast's most impressive medical hubs, a well-established base of national and international manufacturers, as well as a large military presence. In addition, arts, recreational and cultural opportunities are abundant in the Lowcountry.
Folly Beach has always been a part of coastal South Carolina’s history and charm. Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean, just fifteen minutes from downtown Charleston, the barrier island of Folly Beach truly offers you the best of both worlds. When you wake up you'll enjoy the sunrise on the beach and finish your day watching a spectacular sunset on the Folly River. On the eastern tip of the Island you'll find an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse from one of the three county parks. You'll catch sight of loggerhead turtles nesting, dolphins playing and see bald eagles soaring in the sky. No matter what your interests – tennis, fishing, kayaking, surfing, theater, arts or beach combing, Folly Beach offers it all year long. In fact the surfing is some of the best on the east coast and Folly hosts a number of surf events throughout the year.
James Island is a large triangular sea island that is framed by water. With the Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor on the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach on the east, and the Stono River and Johns Island on the west, there is beauty all around. Affectionately nicknamed "Jim Isle," it is laced with creeks and sounds ... and well known for its farming, fishing and shrimping, ancient live oaks, and more recently, its Charleston County Parks' Holiday Festival of Lights. Many people don't realize the Civil War began on James Island. On the morning of April 12, 1861, Confederate forces at Fort Johnson fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter. Both forts were located on the island's northern shore and are tourist destinations to this day, due to the rich preservation of history on the island. James Island is truly steeped in interesting culture, history and situated with beautiful views all around!
The Town of Mount Pleasant, a rapidly growing, affluent coastal community, and is just minutes from downtown Charleston and the beaches. This is a quaint, coastal Town, although has undergone radical growth. Roadside basket stands on US Highway 17 North Mount Pleasant Sweetgrass basket making has been a part of the community for more than 300 years. Basket making is a traditional art form, passed on from generation to generation. Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the US. If golf is your thing, then tee-off on any of our four championship courses, each with breathtaking views of the marsh and scenic waterways. The town itself tends to be upscale, and this is reflected in the house prices; although still affordable, homes here are more expensive than other towns in the area. But there are many home styles and prices do vary widely.
Summerville, South Carolina is just 24 miles outside of Charleston. The town's name is evocative of its history. Situated on a pine-forested ridge, it was first inhabited in the late 1700's as Charlestonians and other inhabitants of the SC Lowcountry sought respite from the summer heat, mosquitoes and disease. Summerville's natural beauty is mirrored in her motto, The Flower Town in the Pines. Since the early 1900's day tourists have flocked to the town during early spring to enjoy millions of spring blossoms, particularly azaleas, in private and public gardens, including the mid-town Azalea Park. Summerville has thriving fine arts, sports, museum and preservation organizations. There are 700 local buildings on the National Historic Register. Ever mindful of her environment-based heritage, a "Tree City USA" flag adorns the pole in front of Town Hall along with Old Glory.
West Ashley is one of the six distinct areas of the city proper of Charleston. Its name is derived from the fact that the land is west of the Ashley River.Flanked by the scenic waterfront vistas and marshes of the Ashley and Stono Rivers and ancient moss draped oak trees, West Ashley's initial neighborhoods were developed in the 1950s with its largest growth occurring throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The scenic U.S. Hwy 61 corridor is dotted with national historic landmarks and world-famous destinations. Captivating Magnolia Plantation and Audubon Swamp Gardens features a dazzling display of color and wildlife; Middleton Place Plantation is famed for its terraced colonial gardens and living history events; and Drayton Hall National Trust Historic Site. With a variety of communities and ranging home prices, this area of Charleston has tons to offer!
This beautifully-planned island community only ten minutes from downtown Charleston is technically part of the city of Charleston, although separated by a substantial buffer of 23 miles of rivers, marshes and creeks. Boasting a private country club, The Daniel Island Club, along with two 18-hole golf courses. Two professional sports facilities – the Family Circle Tennis Center and Blackbaud Stadium – are also located on the island. There are also two churches and three schools on the island. There are 9 traditional neighborhoods that offer a variety of well-planned new and recent construction, with homes ranging from the low 300,000’s to more than 6 million.
Goose Creek's population was 35,938 at the 2010 census. Most of the Naval Weapons Station Charleston is in Goose Creek. There are three high schools that serve the Goose Creek area -Cane Bay High School, Stratford High School and Goose Creek High School. Goose Creek High School is the home of the Berkeley County School of the Arts (BCA) Program. BCA is split into different areas (creative writing, music, dance, art, drama, and voice), each focusing on broadening the students' talent in that subject. Each student must try out and be accepted into the program, and only incoming freshmen are eligible for this program. Goose Creek is the only school in the area which hosts this.
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms is a barrier island on the South Carolina coast. The town lies along a narrow strip of land, hugging the beach, separated from the mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway. It is an affluent community of both vacation home owners and year-round residents, with large beachfront homes and resorts. The championship golf, tennis, park, marina, and local restaurants and shops provide non-stop enjoyment and entertainment - and always, the opportunity to truly relax and rejuvenate, all just 12 miles from downtown Charleston. Isle of Palms is a desintation for Mt Pleasants residents with just a short drive over the Isle of Palms connector.
Johns Island is the largest island in the state South Carolina. It is the fourth largest on the US east coast, surpassed only by Long Island, Mount Desert Island, and Martha's Vineyard. Johns Island is 84 square miles in area, with a population of 14,000 people. Only ten minutes to downtown Charleston, and boasting two brand new bridges, an executive airport, and a four-lane expressway to Kiawah Island, Johns Island is an ideal suburban real estate location.Surrounded by rivers and waterways, the island offers a large variety of waterfront lots, and newly developed neighborhoods overlooking Wadmalaw Sound and the Kiawah and Stono rivers. Winding country roads bordered by great live oaks sport a series of game preserves and newly-designed golf courses. Abundant local farms are still in operation, growing fresh crops and year-round produce is offered in roadside markets and popular island restaurants.
An enchanted sea island community with ten miles of sandy beaches, five championship golf courses, luxury resort dining and spa facilities, Kiawah Island resort is perhaps coastal South Carolina’s most exclusive address. Only thirty minutes from downtown Charleston, Kiawah offers an atmosphere of sea island seclusion with all the convenience and amenities of a world-class resort. The alluring waterfront on Kiawah Island is the longest expanse of beach of any individually-planned community on the Eastern Seaboard, and its stunning views voted the “Most Romantic Spot and Best Spot to Walk the Beach” by Southern Living Magazine. As a master planned community, it will remain peaceful and exclusive, maintaining the value of homeowners’ properties over the long term. From townhomes, villas, and cottages, to 15,000+ square foot beach homes, you’ll find all kinds of options for owning a piece of the island.
Moncks Corner is a town in and the county seat of Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 7,885 at the 2010 census. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Moncks Corner is included within the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town of Moncks Corner, named for landowner Thomas Monck, dates back to 1728. It began as a trading post with a few taverns and stores. The Northeastern Railroad, which ran between Charleston, South Carolina, and Siler City, North Carolina, laid its tracks in 1856, and the train depot became the center of the new town of Moncks Corner. The trademark is a symbol of its abundant outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, hiking, water sports, boating and the best freshwater fishing in the South. Moncks Corner is also the home of Santee Cooper's corporate office complex.
North Charleston is the third-largest city in South Carolina, with incorporated areas in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. As of the 2010 Census, North Charleston had a population of 97,471 and a current area of more than 76.6 square miles. Park Circle, located in North Charleston within the I-526 / I-26 is the focus of a revitalization project and evidence of the transformation is widespread. From the establishment of new shops and eateries in the Olde Village to the eco-friendly LEED certified building projects change is afoot.Oak Terrace Preserve, is now home to the first phase of 374 new environmentally friendly North Charleston SC homes. Mixson Avenue, is the new I’On Group “LEED” certified community which will eventually offer a total of 950 smart, green homes as well as shops, courtyards and parks.
Nestled at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor and neighbor to the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island offers timeless charm and natural beauty that ranks it among the South’s most desirable properties. It is an inviting mix of wide beaches and watersports, history and folklore, local restaurants and shops, peace and perfect - just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. A summertime escape for Charlestonians since colonial times, the fabled island was scene of the first great battle of the Revolution. Many of the grand old beach houses are on half-acre lots surrounded by palmetto trees, yet there is plenty of new construction as well. Sullivan's Island ranks on the Forbes list of the Most Expensive Zip Codes in the UnitedStates. I suppose it is because of its easy lifestyle. M residents travel quiet island streets in golf carts.