Relocating can be daunting, here is what you need to know before you make the move.
Charleston is alluring for many reasons such as the warmer weather, the beautiful beaches, lively downtown, and world renowned restaurants. Many people are choosing to relocate to Charleston for these reasons among a myriad of others and as difficult as it may seem, this is what you need to know before moving yourself to Charleston.
Knowing where you should live is paramount when relocating. There are many different areas that make up the larger Charleston metropolitan community such as Mount Pleasant, James Island, and North Charleston to name a few. Having a guide to each city within the greater Charleston area is vital when relocating as location is very important when choosing a home.
The Center of all things Charleston
Downtown Charleston features many unique neighborhoods in addition to its lively dining and shopping scene. From King Street to Waterfront Park, there is always something to do downtown Charleston. World renowned restaurants line King and Broad Streets as well as locally owned and large designer shops sure to please a wide variety of tastes and budgets.
South of Broad
One of the most exclusive areas in Charleston, South of Broad features many landmark and trophy homes, some on the national register. This neighborhood features the oldest homes in the city, some dating back to the colonial area.
The French Quarter
Known for it’s galleries and fine art, the French Quarter has many great shops and 18th and 19th century homes. On it’s cobblestone clad streets you can find some of the most beautiful homes in Charleston all within walking distance of everything downtown has to offer.
Originally the first suburb of the walled city of Charleston, most homes are brick grand Charleston style singles. Homes in Ansonborough are all within walking distance to the Gaillard Center, Marion Square, and King Street making them very desirable to buyers.
Slightly North of Broad, Harleston Village is located in the heart of downtown and is convenient to MUSC, the College of Charleston making it a desirable area for individuals that work downtown. This neighborhood offers some of the largest homes and lots on the peninsula.
North of Calhoun
Many smaller neighborhoods make up the area of Charleston located north of Calhoun Street including Elliotborough, Radcliffeborough, and Cannonborough. With their proximity to the lower peninsula, these neighborhoods are great areas for investment properties and offer more reasonable prices.
North of the Crosstown
Located beyond Highway 17 which bisects the peninsula, there are many neighborhoods that offer affordable homes and a short commute to all that downtown has to offer.
Just West of the Ashley River
Just over the bridge to the left of peninsular Charleston, West Ashley offers reasonable housing options while still remaining close to downtown. With quality construction and classic southern charm, West Ashely features many family friendly neighborhoods as well as trendy shops and restaurants. The scenic West Ashley Green Way takes runners and bikers from downtown all the way to the edge of John’s Island.
With it’s proximity to downtown and barrier island of Folly Beach, James Island is a great place to live close to the heart of downtown Charleston. With many accommodations such as grocery stores and fitness centers, James Island is a suburban alternative to downtown living without losing convenience. With many waterfront property options, this area of town accommodates every budget from small condos to large marsh front and beach front homes. In between downtown and John’s Island, James Island is the perfect place to raise a family or to commute to the city from.
John’s Island is Charleston’s Weekend Playground
John’s Island along with it’s barrier islands Kiawah and Seabrook are to Charleston as The Hamptons are to New York City. With sprawling beachfront homes and world-renowned golf courses and Country Clubs, John’s Island has tons to offer just a short drive out from the city. From beaches to neighborhoods, John’s Island has everything you could need when looking for a weekend getaway or vacation rental property.
Home to Charleston’s Largest Corporations
Featuring many large corporations such as the Boeing campus, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans, and the Charleston International Airport, North Charleston has many industry leading companies that bring business and jobs to Charleston. From the Park Circle area, downtown is only a quick 15 minute drive down 526 making it an ideal area to commute to the city from. Many families and business professionals live in North Charleston because of it’s proximity to large corporations that they might work at, and because of it’s proximity to downtown. There are many great places to shop and eat in North Charleston such as the Citadel Mall, Tanger Outlet Center, and fun local and national chain restaurants.
Charleston’s Most Popular Suburb
Mount Pleasant, SC is located just over the scenic Ravenel Bridge and is the most popular suburb of Charleston. Given that is is only minutes from downtown, Mount Pleasant has tons to offer from lively restaurants and shops to activities on the water such as boating and paddle boarding on Shem Creek. Mount Pleasant has many waterfront homes and developed neighborhoods as well as a wide variety of home prices and styles, from condo living to exclusive beach front properties. Given it’s proximity to downtown and great school districts, Mount Pleasant is the ideal area for families that commute to work and school.