Charleston SC Areas and Neighborhoods
Tour Charleston SC neighborhoods, area real estate, communities, subdivisions, cities and towns. Find Homes For Sale in the greater Charleston SC area including Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, James Island, West Ashley, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook Island, North Charleston and Summerville SC.
Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina (Columbia, the capital, takes first place). The city's Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses three counties: Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester. This is sometimes called the "Tri-County Area" or the "Trident Area". Projected population growth for the Charleston metro area was 600,000 people by the year 2015.
Charleston has a warm climate. In January, the average temperature is 55 degrees; in July, it's 82 on the average. But it's prudent to note that summertime temperatures can peak above the 100-degree mark. And the humidity, which is considerable in the Lowcountry during any season, makes the hot seem hotter and the cold seem colder. Spring in Charleston, however, more than compensates for any discomfort during the other seasons. Many consider it the best time of year in the area; days are warm, nights barely chilled, and the whole world appears to be dripping in wisteria vines and azalea blossoms.
The Charleston economy continues to be sound and growing. The economic boom is most evident in the vast, newly connected lands of Daniel Island and Cainhoy. Just to the east and north of peninsular Charleston, these areas were annexed in 1991 into the city of Charleston. Daniel Island, which is 4,500 acres, is now being developed as a planned, environmentally sensitive community.
Charleston also offers a wealth of job opportunities. Throughout the area, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance was responsible for securing more than 4,585 new jobs, including those at the Nucor steel plant and Mikasa, a manufacturer of tabletop products.
More than eight million tons of cargo pass through the Port of Charleston every year. As the largest cargo port on the Southeast Atlantic and Gulf coasts (the seventh largest container port nationwide), the port directly and indirectly employs an estimated 17,000 people.
Throughout history, Charleston has stood as the cultural capital of the South. The performing arts are well represented here with a symphony orchestra, community theater groups, and several ballet companies. The Gibbes Museum of Art and numerous art galleries display the city's impressive appreciation for visual pleasures. The abundant examples of architectural preservation, showing the city's longstanding heritage of building excellence and craftsmanship, also bear witness to this esthetic awareness.
For five consecutive years, Charleston has been recognized in popular tourist magazines as one of the top-10 domestic travel destinations. It was recently awarded the top place for best city in North America by Travel and Leisure magazine. It's even been proclaimed by etiquette guru Marjabelle Young Stewart as the "most mannerly" city in America. We hope that will turn out to be your experience as well. Link to our Visitor's Bureau and Link to Charleston Facts.
Anyone who crosses the new Cooper River bridge into Mt. Pleasant will never forget the journey. Directly across the Cooper River from Charleston, Mt. Pleasant dates its founding to 1680. Today, the city carefully preserves its rich heritage and small-town appeal.
Due south of Mt. Pleasant and across the Intracoastal Waterway, Sullivan's Island is one of Mt. Pleasant's three true barrier islands (Isle of Palms and the private island of Dewees are the other two). Access to the island is via the Ben Sawyer Causeway (S.C. Highway 703) from Mt. Pleasant or via the Isle of Palms Connector (S.C. Highway 517) through the Isle of Palms.
As the years have gone by, the Isle of Palms has grown increasingly popular as a resort and residential island. The year-round population is about 5,000, but when you add the seasonal renters and the day visitors, the island can host thousands of additional people on any given summer day. Its proximity to Charleston is one of the reasons; its six miles of wide, sparkling beach is another attraction.
Those who are here for the short term can enjoy a wide range of accommodations from one end of the island to the other. And the island has a full complement of shops, restaurants, goods, and services to make life very comfortable.
World-famous Wild Dunes resort, at the northeast end of the island, offers fine restaurants, conference facilities, a fitness center, multiple tennis courts, and two championship Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, Wild Dunes is a busy destination all year long. The Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor is one of the finest marinas on the Eastern Seaboard. Maybe best of all, Wild Dunes is still only 15 miles from downtown Charleston, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Not only does the area have more than 4,252 hotel rooms, but the rates are also generally lower than those found elsewhere in the Lowcountry (especially downtown Charleston). This makes North Charleston a favorite haunt for business types and convention travelers. If you're arriving via I-26, you may want to stop at the North Charleston Visitor Center just across from the Coliseum. You'll find plenty of area information there.
Just to the north of Charleston County, Berkeley is the fastest-growing county in all of South Carolina. The biggest boom came in the early 1980s, when major new industrial concerns invested more than $1.7 billion in the county economy.
The greatest concentration of population and residential and commercial development has been in the southern portion of the county near Moncks Corner. Berkeley's central town, however, remains Goose Creek. Other county towns include Hanahan and Moncks Corner. Total population of these towns is more than 46,000, according to latest estimates.
Currently, industrial development is concentrated along U.S. Highway 52 north of Goose Creek and on the island formed by the Cooper River and the Black River and its tributary branches. The major Berkeley County employers are Santee Cooper (electric utility), Bayer Corp. (manufacturing) and Alumax of South Carolina (aluminum).
Much of the northern portion of Berkeley County is still productive, cultivated farmland. Most of the eastern portion of the county and large areas of the west remain in beautiful pine forests--one of the county's most distinctive features.
Summerville is located in Dorchester county. Dorchester's $127 million in economic development during 1997 largely came from the expansion of existing industries. The major employers in Dorchester County include the Robert Bosch Corp. (anti-lock braking systems), LINQ Industrial Fabrics (woven polypropylene fabrics), Lieber Correctional Institute and Winn-Dixie grocery stores.
The City of Charleston annexed its first West Ashley tract in 1960, and the area has been growing ever since. The population doubled from 1960 to 1990 and was approaching 60,000 at last count.
By far, the largest employer West Ashley (you'll get used to saying it that way) is Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital, which relocated to a new facility in December 1996. This huge, 32-acre medical complex added 875 new jobs to the area economy, and many other spin-off businesses have followed suit.
Geographically, James Island, which lies due west of the Charleston Peninsula, is less rural than Johns Island. It is essentially a bedroom community for Charleston with small shopping strips scattered along the main roads of Maybank Highway and Folly Road.
What remains of James Island's rural character may be threatened by the easy access now made possible by the James Island Expressway (S.C. Highway 30). This increasingly busy roadway connecting the island to the Peninsula is fueling rapid development--especially along Folly Road toward Folly Beach. The remaining tracts of farmland are likely victims of rising land values and are prime targets for real estate developers.
While Johns Island may be still agricultural in appearance, change is in the air. A recent study shows that Johns Island is home to more than half of the nearly 2,000 people employed on the resort islands of Kiawah and Seabrook (plus most of the 400 more who work there during the busy season). Some say this is a preview of the island's future. Forecasters predict that Johns Island will continue to be developed into another bedroom community for Charleston, much like James Island is today.
This eccentric and diverse beach town--likes to call itself "the edge of America." Only 15 minutes from historic Charleston, this is a tourist's world: one where there's plenty to see and do.
The island has a year-round population of approx. 1,656, according to a head count. But the population swells enormously on any summer day, when the hoards of beach lovers (young and old) come out to play. Employment opportunities are almost exclusively limited to the tourist trade.
Seabrook Island is on the Atlantic shore just 22 miles south of Charleston. It is unique in that it is totally private and completely owned by its residents. Entry to the island is controlled by a security gate for the privacy of residents and guests. The beauty of the island is striking. Visitors can enjoy 3.5 miles of unspoiled beach along the Atlantic and the banks of the Edisto River, which flows into the ocean at Seabrook.
Local Realtor® help
" I love dogs, historic places, my gym time, Charleston architecture & sailing. I'm a native Charlestonian with nearly 30 years selling area real estate....."
... I would love to hear from you personally
Some of the most popular Charleston neighborhoods include newer subdivisions, gated communities and new construction in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island and Summerville. View more popular Charleston neighborhood homes on the market ».
Quick MLS Search
OFFICIAL TOWN SITES
It's Easy Peasy Now To Save Your Favorites,
New Technology Puts It All In One Place
This is by no means a full accounting of the entire Charleston area. There are many subdivisions and areas which were not mentioned here. Please contact Eve Olasov for further help and information regarding subdivisions and neighborhoods in greater Charleston SC proper.
OUR PORTAL IS SPECIAL
Local Realtor® help ...
You will receive a custom link which reflects your tastes and criteria in the most popular Charleston areas.
p.s. We will look forward to helping you....
© Copyright 2016 CharlestonHomeListings.com