The cities, towns and neighborhoods that make up the Charleston area are as varied as any community in the country. From beachfront mansions on Kiawah Island, to the suburban homes of Mt. Pleasant and back to the historic mansions of downtown, Charleston has something for everyone.
Learn more about all of Charleston's delightful neighborhoods by reading the introductions below.
"Wow. I fell in love."
Many first-time visitors to Historic Downtown Charleston leave knowing that they'll be returning for another visit soon. With her charmingly narrow residential streets and impressive collection of Antebellum homes, many are drawn back to this Southern coastal gem for return trips.
Eventually, (or instantly for the truly decisive) the idea sinks in that it would be truly glorious to purchase and live in one of Charleston's grand historic homes. And why not? With a delighful selection of historic homes dating from the 1600's, and a vibrant and active downtown lifestyle, many have discovered that living in Charleston is a truly world-class experience.
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East of Cooper
Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms (IOP) is a mostly residential island located about 10 miles to the NE of Downtown Charleston. Access is via two bridges: one from Sullivan's Island to the South and the other from Mount Pleasant to the West. IOP houses an interesting mix of upscale homes, vacation rentals and resort properties. The northern end of the island is home to Wild Dunes Resort, a popular destination for travelers who enjoy the facilities two world-class golf courses and high-rated tennis facility. The middle of the island is home to most of the island's year round population while the southern end has a mix of commercial shops and restaurants, rental homes and year round residents.
Real Estate here is varied. Modest ranch homes, originally developed by J.C. Long as low cost retirement homes, dot the island. As land values have risen sharply, many of these formerly modest homes have been transformed into quaint (and sometimes expansive) island cottages. Closer to the beach you'll find newly constructed homes of every shape size and price, most with swimming pools and expansive ocean views. And if a boat and a dock are on your "must have" list, the Waterway side of the island offers many homes with deepwater docks.
The island enjoys many unique amenities including a community marina and a 10,000 sq. foot recreation center that was completed in 2004.
The year round population of the island is approximately 4,500. Those who choose Isle of Palms as their address enjoy small town living, but also take advantage of the cultural amenities offered by close by Charleston.
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Nestled between Charleston Harbor and Isle of Palms is historic Sullivan’s Island. With its wide beaches and cooling ocean breezes, the island served as Charleston’s “summer resort” prior to the advent of the automobile. It is also home to Fort Moultrie which was the site of the first decisive victory in the American Revolution. The Fort has played a pivotal role in protecting the entrance to Charleston Harbor over the years and is now a designated National Monument and part of the National Park System.
These days, Sullivan’s Island is a quiet residential community with a delightful mix of historic homes, ramshackle beach cottages and upscale estates. Despite breathtakingly high real estate prices, the island maintains a relaxed and unstuffy ambience. A small downtown area features a shabby chic collection of restaurants, pubs and shops, all very popular with locals. Island residents also enjoy the neat and tidy Town Park that features two playgrounds, tennis courts, a basketball court and a soccer field. Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, one of the areas top-rated public schools, is located mid-island and serves the children of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. It may be one of the only oceanfront elementary schools in the country.
Located approximately 9 miles from Downtown, the island is ideally located for those that desire a kicked back island atmosphere but don’t want to miss out on the cultural opportunities of city life. One of defining characteristics of the real estate on the island is the enormous size of the lots. The Town of Sullivan’s Island long ago resisted the urge to allow landowners to subdivide their parcels. The result is an island that feels less like a vacation destination and more like a hometown.