Downtown - Historic Charleston Sulivans Island Isle of Palms Folly Beach Daniel Island
Downtown Historic Charleston Real Estate The most historic city in America, downtown Charleston is truly Southern in character, proudly American in spirit, yet somewhat European in lifestyle. With the last half century bringing restoration and rebirth to the city, this majestic beauty turns the heads of the most sophisticated suitors looking for the graciousness of a by-gone era, yet requiring all the amenities of the 21st century. Today the streets of the "holy city" reflect both. Where cannon once rang out across the harbor announcing the beginning of the Civil War, a sea of sailboats now drift across still blue waters. Where Red Coats once marched to lay siege to the city, Spoleto Festival U.S.A. explodes with dance, music, theater, and visual arts events each spring to rave reviews from an international contingency. This fine city offers a plethora of adventures. Literally dozens of fabulous dining establishments, where everything from the area's own Lowcountry cuisine at Jestines Kitchen to Ravals fine tapas and wine, tempt the most discriminating taste buds. Shopping abounds...., whether it's browsing the famed lower King Street Antiques District, wandering the home decor shops on the trendy Upper King Street or haunting one of the city's many fine arts galleries. If shopping is not your thing, treat yourself to a carriage ride or one of Charleston's famous Ghost tours!
Mount Pleasant SC Real Estate Traveling from Downtown Charleston to the Town of Mount Pleasant over the magnificent Arthur Ravenel Bridge (Completed in 2005) offers travelers the perfect opportunity to view the transition from old world charm of Charleston to the modern town of Mt. Pleasant. The two-and-a-half-mile long cable-stay bridge, which spans the Cooper River, is a symbol of the vital connection between Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. In fact, living in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. offers many of the same benefits of living in Charleston: a mild year-round climate, a thriving local economy, and close proximity to other major cities across the Southeast. With a population that has literally exploded over the last two decades, Mount Pleasant has assumed its own identity. With its distinctive controlled-growth posture, town planners have worked diligently to preserve Mount Pleasant's rich heritage and small-town appeal, while allowing it to gain all the positive attributes of a much larger city.
Isle of Palms SC Real Estate Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Isle of Palms has earned a reputation for being a classic family-oriented beachfront community. Located east of the Cooper River from Charleston, this barrier island features moderate year-round temperatures, seven miles of broad scenic beaches, a breathtaking blue ocean, spectacular marsh views, and a full-service marina on the Intracoastal Waterway. Through the years, improved access to the Isle of Palms has played an important role in this resort island's growing popularity, with Interstate-526 leading directly to the island via the Isle of Palms Connector. Now with more than 4,000 permanent residents, and a thriving vacation destination business, the island has not lost the charm for which it is famous. Isle of Palms relaxing atmosphere contrasts with the numerous recreational activities and goods and services that are available to Isle of Palm residents. These include a number of retail and specialty shops, as well as a grocery store and numerous restaurants. Housing options include spacious modern homes, traditional beach houses, beachfront villas and clusters of cottages overlooking a variety of views. Tucked away on the northeast end of Island of Palms is the world-renowned Wild Dunes Resort. No matter how people prefer to spend their leisure time, Wild Dunes has plenty to offer, including two and a half miles of private beach, two golf courses (The Links and The Harbor Course, both designed by Tom Fazioa), "Top 50" tennis center, 20 swimming pools, great restaurants, a fitness center, full-service conference facilities and a magnificent oceanfront Grand Pavilion. Wild Dunes Resort provides another South Carolina necessity golf. The resort's. The Links ranks among the top 40 golf courses in the country, while The Harbor Course features holes that follow the Intracoastal Waterway.
Sullivan's Island SC Real Estate With its quaint neighborhoods and semi-tropical terrain, Sullivan's Island is a classic South Carolina beachfront community. This small barrier island, located just 10 miles from downtown Charleston, is a safe place to walk or ride a bike; where neighbors know each other; and the pace of life is slow and easy. Sullivan's Island has inspired poets, painters and authors alike for generations. Once dotted with quaint sea cabins, where rich Charleston families would retreat to escape the summer heat, the island received a facelift following Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Although the Island now sports numerous oceanfront mansions, much of the character of the island remains, with restaurants and pubs (Poes Tavern) lining two blocks of popular Middle Street, more than four miles of white sand beaches to tempt swimmers and sunbathers, and long sunny days spent fishing, crabbing and shrimping.
Daniel Island Real Estate Part of the city of Charleston, Daniel Island represents one of the area's fastest growing family communities. A "city within a city," Daniel Island lies at the very heart of the region, just minutes away from downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant, the Charleston International Airport, and other points of interest. Located on 4,000 acres along Interstate 526, Daniel Island is home to a number of distinctive neighborhoods which feature a mixture of home styles and prices. Traditional landscaped streets lined with sidewalks encourage evening walks and interaction among neighbors; while tennis and soccer facilities draw families to participate in these popular sporting activities. Daniel Island's Tom Fazio-designed golf course, which opened in November of 2000, has been ranked among the top 40 real estate courses in America. Access to hundreds of acres of parks, miles of rivers and creeks with fishing docks and boat ramps, bicycle and jogging paths and a private in-town club provide Daniel Island residents with additional social and recreational opportunities. Downtown Daniel Island offers residents a variety of businesses and services within walking distance of their neighborhoods. Shops, restaurants, office buildings, medical centers, a spa and fitness center and a modern supermarket, as well as two of the area's largest employers call Daniel Island home.
Folly Beach SC Real Estate Folly Beach has long been referred to as 'The Edge of America.' This seaside village, which lies at the end of the only road from the mainland, has its own laid-back pace and rich culture. Only 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is a quick and easy to reach beach community accentuated by six incredible miles of sand beaches, swimming, surfing, sunning or if you prefer, fishing from the central pier while enjoying the refreshing sea breezes. Folly Beach County Park, located on the west end of the island, offers over 2,500 feet of ocean frontage and 200 feet along the river to be enjoyed by one and all during the hot lazy days of summer. While maintaining its eclectic charm, Folly Beach residents can dine on gourmet food, fresh local seafood, a good steak, or just tacos and a margarita at Taco Boy. For those interested in a little entertainment after dinner, they can choose music from every persuasion, including the much loved beach music indigenous to the area.
West Ashley Real Estate The city limits of Charleston extend across the Ashley River to an area known to locals as West Ashley. In fact, it is the place where the English colonists established the first permanent settlement in the Carolinas in 1670 along the banks of the Ashley River. Today the place where the settlers first stepped ashore, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, is among South Carolina's most outstanding natural and historic parks, with 663-acres that feature a reproduction 17th century sailing vessel, natural habitat zoo and beautiful Lowcountry vistas. It is also a favorite play and picnic spot for families from across the Charleston area. Also among West Ashley's historic treasures are three of the area's most visited plantations, Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, and Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens. But amidst this historic fabric, West Ashley is a thriving urban community with a population that has more than doubled since 1960 - a testament to the area's livability. Although many of the neighborhoods closest to downtown Charleston feature charming brick cottages, West Ashley has also grown up in the last decade with new neighborhoods featuring the latest amenities springing up. This diversity of neighborhoods offers an ample range of home choices depending on your families needs. Be sure to visit the eclectic collection of shops and restaurants at Avondale center which includes Poes studio for gifts, Sublime Lime for key lime pies, Al Di La for Italian Food, or cocktails at the Voodoo lounge or Genes Haufbrau!
James Island Real Estate James Island is a large sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor to the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach to the east, and the Stono River and John's Island to the West. Steeped in history James Island was home to many a stately plantation , the first shots of the Civil War were fired from the island's Fort Johnson onto Fort Sumter in 1861. With all but a handful of dwellings left after the war, the island reverted to a sparsely populated rural farming area, much like its neighbor, John's Island. Laced with creeks, and affording spectacular views of the city, James Island became a little piece of paradise enjoyed by few. The island experienced renewed growth during the 20th century, and with the completion of the James Island Connecter, James Island and the other islands west of Charleston became prime locations for new development. Today many business and residential areas cover James Island, making it popular place for all lifestyles in close proximity to the city. The island's wide variety of housing and other area conveniences including restaurants, theatres and shopping draw people from all walks of life. Another huge benefit is James Island County Park. This incredible 643-acre park offers biking, nature trails, a climbing wall, an elaborate playground, pedal boats, kayaking, 16 acres of lagoons, fishing and crabbing dock, and picnic areas. There are 10 vacation cottages and a campground, with 125 sites. Splash Zone, located inside the park, is a well-rounded water playground offering two 200-foot tube slides, a 500-foot lazy river with an adventure channel featuring sprays and a waterfall, a leisure pool, and a Caribbean play structure with interactive elements.
John's Island Real Estate John's Island lies due west of the Charleston peninsula, serving as a "gateway" island for its more famous neighbors, Kiawah and Seabrook. A patchwork of natural waterways separated by farmland, residential property and commercial development, John's Island has always served as the agricultural heart of the area. In fact, much of the produce that distinguishes the unique flavors of Lowcountry Cuisine is grown on John's Island. In recent years, John's Island has not gone unnoticed by developers. With its diverse natural scenery and long stretches of ancient oaks, the island offers a quiet, country lifestyle in close proximity to the city of Charleston. Communities like Hope Plantation (Golf), Grimbal Gates (Nature Preserve) and The Woods at St Johns offer housing for every families needs.
Kiawah Island SC Real Estate For those interested in experiencing the epitome of island lifestyle, they need look no further than Kiawah Island. Located just 21 miles from historic downtown Charleston, Kiawah is one of the most carefully preserved barrier islands in the world. This private, gated community, with its hidden homes and one of the East Coast most secluded stretches of unspoiled beach, offers the perfect retreat from a hectic life. Kiawah Island is nestled amidst 10,000 acres of maritime forests and tidal marshes, the island invites its residents to enjoy a stroll along 10 miles of private pristine beach to enjoy the morning sun rising out of the Atlantic. Steeped in a colorful array of flora and fauna, Kiawah Island also features splendid views in every direction, each soothing in its splendor and natural simplicity. While peace and seclusion abound, Kiawah Island residents may also choose from a number of recreational and social opportunities which center on an oceanfront complex reserved solely for property owners. Golf lovers can choose to play a round on one of the islands five highly ranked courses, including The Ocean Course, which hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 1997 and 2003 World Cup events. Sporting venues on Kiawah Island also include two exceptional tennis centers with 28 clay and hard courts. Thirty miles of paved biking and hiking trails link the community, winding through the islands many parks and nature preserves. Bohicket Marina, which offers fishing, boating and other water recreation opportunities, is located just outside the gate.
Seabrook Island Real Estate Just beyond the security gate, an Equestrian Center surrounded by 25 acres of grassy pasture creates the first lasting impression of life on Seabrook Island. One of the islands most distinctive amenities, the newly renovated facility caters to the experienced equestrian, as well as the novice horseback rider. Those with little interest in horses often reconsider when they discover that Seabrook Island is the only place in the area, and one of only a few in the Southeast, where people can ride horses on the beach. Of course, the island maintains several miles of private trails that wind through the natural flora of this pristine barrier island. While the equestrian center may provide the backdrop for a first impression, the majority of Seabrook Island's residents chose to make it home for its unique lifestyle best defined by peace, security and casual elegance. Seabrook Island is located along the Atlantic coast just 22 miles from the city of Charleston, Seabrook is wholly owned by its property owners, many of whom retired to the island to escape the everyday stresses of a hectic life. On Seabrook Island, minutes, hours and days seem to unfold, rather than race by. Seabrook Island offers a wide variety of home styles from which to choose. Anything from a low-maintenance villa with a view of a golf course to an oceanfront or deepwater access home, residents can find the perfect place to live their perfect lifestyle. Seabrook Island boasts one of the widest and most magnificent three miles of sandy beach found anywhere on the East Coast. This private access-only piece of heaven has been carefully maintained through the communities exemplary program of beachfront management.
Dewees Island SC Real Estate Dewees Island is often referred to as "a private oceanfront island retreat dedicated to environmental preservation." This statement sums up a philosophy that this community has managed to put into practice. Accessible only by boat, Dewees Island is located just 12 miles north of Charleston. This environmentally sensitive, 1,206-acre barrier island has attracted national attention as model of sustainable development. Although the developers installed the usual underground telephone and power lines, the similarity to other island development projects stops there. Dewees five roads are not paved instead they are surfaced with crushed limestone. The developers also installed a complete recycling and composting system, as well as a central reverse osmosis water system that supplies all the island's drinking water. Dewees Island's environmental covenants limit the number of homes to 150 ( 56 are complete), and cluster them in the most ecologically hardy areas. Builders must agree to follow a comprehensive set of design and construction guidelines that aim to ease the impact of construction on the island, as well as reduce the amount of energy and resources the island's homes use. Dewees Island Homes must remain surrounded by native vegetation, no lawns allowed and only 7,500 square feet of each lot can be disturbed by construction. Houses are situated on lots that average about two acres. While there is no minimum size requirement, they cannot be larger than 5,000 square feet. Because Dewees Island is in a flood zone, all homes are elevated, and all feature some sort of water view. Dewess Island has no gas stations, restaurants or grocery stores, and residents get around by golf cart or on foot. A ferry based at the Dewees Marina on the Isle of Palms, runs back and forth every half hour. Other island amenities include an environmental education center, a clubhouse, pool and two tennis courts, as well as a number of well-furnished guest accommodations.
Wadmalaw Island Real Estate Wadmalaw Island is considered the most unspoiled of Charleston's islands. While many Lowcountry islands such as Kiawah and Seabrook are "barrier islands" which are directly exposed to the ocean and fronted by sandy beaches, such is not the case with Wadmalaw Island or its close neighbor, John's Island. Shielded from the Atlantic by their neighbors to the east and south, Wadmalaw and John's Islands have remained stable through much of recorded history. Bordered by the Bohicket River to the east and the North Edisto River to the west, Wadmalaw remains intensely rural, with farming the traditional occupation of many of its residents, both past and present. While fishing, crabbing and shrimping serve as pleasurable pastimes in many local communities, it is still a primary means of earning a living for a number of Wadmalaw's residents. Along the island's southern tip lies Rockville, the charming picturesque hamlet that was featured in scenes from "Queen," a movie by Alex Haley. There are no stores or restaurants to speak of outside of Rockville, and hundreds of acres of the island's woods and wetlands are protected from development. However, in recent years, some of the waterfront areas have become sparsely populated with magnificent upscale homes, many on estate-sized lots. Each year, Wadmalaw hosts a Gullah festival of regional import, encompassing exhibits and demonstrations of traditional African-American arts and crafts like basket weaving. Another point of interest is the Charleston Tea Plantation. The only tea plantation in America, it is home to plants descended from those that have been grown for more than 100 years in the Lowcountry. The plantation's unusual heritage began in 1799 when a French botanist brought the first tea plants to Charleston, which were also the first in America. Wadmalaw provides the ideal conditions for tea growing - hot humid summers and sandy soils for good drainage. Recently purchased and renovated by Bigelow Tea, the Charleston Tae Plantation is open for tours.
Edisto Island Real Estate Edisto Island's rich history ties it to its present. Purchased from the Edistow Indians by the Lord Proprietors in 1674, the English began searching for a crop that could be successfully cultivated on the island. By the early 1800s, Sea Island Cotton, the king of all cottons, flourished in the rich, fertile soil. During this period known as Edistos Golden Age, the planters flourished, too. The elegant homes and plantations remaining, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are reminders of that affluent age. Today Edisto Island features a laid back family atmosphere, with shrimping, crabbing, fishing, biking, sailing, boating, skiing, and beach walks filled with watching pelicans and porpoises. Tranquil mornings of sunshine and sandcastles; lazy afternoons napping in hammocks; and late afternoon strolls along the shore of the Atlantic are also a part of the way of life at Edisto Island. The Edisto Island community includes historic plantations, large state and county parks, condominiums, and a variety of home styles that reflect its commitment to moderate, well-planned growth focused on retaining the island experience. With Edisto Island's emphasis on outdoor recreation, the Edisto Beach State Park opened about 60 years ago, putting the island on the map of summer attractions. Today the park includes beach- and marsh-side camping, cabins and a boat ramp and dock.
Goose Creek Real Estate The City of Goose Creek is located in Berkeley County approx 20 miles North of Downtown Charleston. The history of Goose Creek extends back to 1670 when the first settlers arrived from the island of Barbados. The city has experienced significant growth in the past 10 years becoming the state's 12th largest municipality. The close proximity of the ocean, beaches, and hundreds of miles of rivers, coastal sounds and freshwater lakes, makes the area ideal for swimming, boating, sailing, water skiing, surf and deep-se fishing. Tennis, golf, hunting, and camping opportunities are also nearby.
Hanahan Real Estate Hanahan is located in the lower portion of Berkeley County, minutes away from downtown Charleston. It has long been known as an ideal community for families. Berkeley County has long been known as a "sportsman's paradise" because of its great fishing and hunting. Attractions include museums, libraries, parks, and beaches.Hanahan has recently seen tremendous growth in the housing market. With many new subdivisions going in everyday, Hanahan affords you the opportunity to own a new home near Charleston and many other attractions in the Tri-County Area.
Monck's Corner Real Estate Located north of Charleston and Summerville, Moncks' Corner is in Berkley County. Home of War hero Francis Marion (AKA Swamp Fox) Moncks Corner is situated near the national forest named after him. This town has many attractions including Cypress Gardens, Metkin Abbey, and many town festivals. Moncks' Corner is also well known for the two fresh water lakes nearby. Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie are known as the "Fisherman's Paradise", These lakes provide great access for boating, swimming and just relaxing with friends and Family. Moncks' Corner manages to keep its small town charm despite the tremendous growth the area is achieving!
Summerville Real Estate Summerville enjoys a rich and expansive history. With 700 buildings on the national historic registry this town continues to offer a look at days gone by!. The town is situated on a pine-forested ridge where long ago the wealthy built their summer homes to escape the mosquitoes and heat in the low country.