What are a couple of the most desirable areas to live in Charleston?

Asked by David Beaver, Chicago, IL Thu Apr 23, 2009

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Bob Brennaman, Agent, Mt Pleasant, SC
Thu Jul 9, 2009
Hi David,
I have lived in Charleston for almost 20 years and think that aside from Sullivan's Island and the Historic District of Charleston, the best places to live are either Mt. Pleasant or Daniel Island. The answer also depends on what you have to spend. If you have anything over $300k, I would recommend starting in Mt. Pleasant. You can visit my web sites devoted to the better areas of Charleston -- see below. Happy hunting - Bob Brennaman 843-345-6074

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Teresa Cooper, Agent, N Charleston, SC
Fri Apr 24, 2009
Hello David. Well after the winter you folks have had in Chicago, I'd say ANYWHERE in the Charleston area is desirable! I'm a Kentucky transplant - moved to the area just a few months before the devastation of Hurricane Hugo, leaving Kentucky after a record winter of blizzards and a spring of floods!

David, the answer to your question needs to be qualified by your budget, and by your personal preferences. Charleston has a plethora of beautiful island communities such as Kiawah, Seabrook, Sullivan's Island, and more. Downtown Charleston is treasure-trove of historical homes, well-maintained and a very traditional Southern lifestyle. We also have a couple of premier retirement communities in the Elms and Cane Bay - a Del Webb community. And then, of course, there's the Summerville area with it's annual Flowertown Festival and all the charm of a small town "Hometown USA" feel. Then there's the unique charm of the front porches and sidewalks and "Family Circle Cup" of Daniel Island. Rural West Ashley is great for nature enthusiasts, with the ACE Basin and the Edisto.

Davud - there's much to love about many of the areas in Charleston, and I'd be hard pressed to select only a couple. Decide upon a budget, set your lifestyle priorities, and you'll find a neighborhood in the Charleston area that's a perfect match. Contact me, and I'll be glad to send you some links with information about the environmental, historical, and cultural activities and events in the area, to help you decide where you'd like to live.

Come on down! the weather's great!
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Franne Schwa…, Agent, Mt Pleasant, SC
Wed Sep 16, 2009
David, What a plethora of answers. The Lowcountry....and it is low....has so much to offer. From the beach to Summerville it's all good. Another big question I would ask is if schools are important? They may not be right now but that may be an issue for resale. You might also want to choose a community with broad demographics. Do you play golf or bridge? Mount Pleasant has a brand new senior center if you are a "joiner". Do you or does your "better half" like to shop or walk everywhere? Bottom line it's a lifestyle decision as well as price. Enjoy and have fun. The transition should be fun and smooth!
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"Carolina Jo…, Agent, Charleston, SC
Tue Sep 15, 2009
David, in order to properly ansewr your question I need to no your budget, do you want to be close to everything downtown or out a little on a lrger plt, what your your hobbies and interests, where do you work, what kind of a house do you want. You can go to my website, http://www.CarolinaJoe.com , and learn about the area and search the subdivisions of charleston on the Community information page.. Email me the answers to the above questions and I can help you find the right location and home. In the meantime I suggest dviving around yourself and look at various areas of Charelston and the surronding area.
Web Reference:  http://www.CarolinaJoe.com
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Sharon Bruner, , Charleston, SC
Sat Sep 5, 2009
Hi David:
It depends on your budget and your priorities. There are so many great areas to live in and around Charleston. One of the things to consider is location - how long of a commute do you want? Are schools a priority?
I'd be happy to help you in your search.
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Jerry Crotty,, , Summerville, SC
Wed Aug 5, 2009

The answers offered so far illustrate the impressive range of prices and choices available in the Greater Charleston area, but Foster's point about the importance of price can be.

As much as we like the beach and historic downtown Charleston, Summerville's lower cost of living and quality schools accounts for why we made it our home years ago. The proximity to the Charleston Air Force Base (CAFB) and price probably explain why the Town of Summerville and Dorchester County have ranked among the fastest growing in South Carolina.

Of the many neighborhoods in Summerville, few compare with White Gables---It offers:
--a variety of home styles, sizes and price points;
--a reputable builder that uses quality materials with great attention to detail;
--a convenient location (within walking distance to groceries, shools and stables;
--tennis, walking trails, fishing ponds, park like common areas, playgrounds & pools in the neighborhood;
--Three golf courses in less than a 15 minute drive;
--and the charms of historic downtown Summerville less than 3 miles away.

Foster and I both have homes listed in the neighborhood that are worth seeing. Feel free to visit my website for more information on the homes but also about events and opportunities in Summerville.

Best of luck,

Summerville Realtor
Web Reference:  http://www.jerrycrotty.com
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Thu Jul 9, 2009
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Debra Barker, , 29406
Wed Jul 8, 2009
As a transplanted Charlestonian, and that was only three and a half years ago, I would say that you can't go wrong when you are moving to the tri county area. All of the Charleston tri county area has various areas of interest, charm and desire and to each his own. If you love salt water you would want to be near the coast in Charleston, Johns Island, James Island, etc. If you like brackish water you would like Hanahan, Goose Creek or North Charleston. If you like fresh water then Moncks Corner, Summerville, Jedburg, etc. would be your cup of tea. One thing is for certain if you love the water you will love it here.

Debra Barker, Broker Associate
Century 21 Properties Plus, Inc.
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Kristin B Wa…, Agent, Charleston, SC
Mon Jul 6, 2009
Hi David! As you can see from other's answers, there are many desirable areas in Charleston, each with their own charm and culture, pros and cons. It really depends on what is important to you and the lifestyle you want to create here since it's about more than just a great house. Do you want a view? History? A large yard? Ability to walk to restaurants/shopping? Close to schools/work? Close knit community? Once you figure out your top 3-5 priorities, then price becomes a factor in the search and you can really begin to narrow it down.

Let me know what you think!

Kristin Walker
Pedal to Properties
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Tod Edwards…, , Charleston, SC
Tue Jun 30, 2009
Dear Sir,

If you love history and unique surrounds, Charleston's World Class old city is the place to be ! Mostly zip code 29401. If you like a beach life style try Folly Beach, or the more upscale Sullivans Island. **Wonderful neighborhoods are scattered all about, and I am familiar with them. Whether you seek a primary home for family, or a fantastic second get away home, Charleston is the place to be. Prices are very good, inventory choice is excellent in all price ranges and styles, and if you need a mortgage, rates are fantastic.
Charleston is my specialty, and my office lies at it's heart. (I'm from LaCrosse, WI originally. Ever been ?)

You'll love it here, a most desireable neighborhood awaits...


Tod Edwards
Carolina One Real Estae
49 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Web Reference:  http://www.TodEdwards.net
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Kelly Timmons, , 29455
Mon Apr 27, 2009

The most important task for you is to find a local real estate agent that can access your financial situation and recommend a comfortable area that fits your personal needs.

I would be happy to help you begin this process. Check out my profile for further information.
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Foster Smith, Agent, Summerville, SC
Fri Apr 24, 2009
Price drives the answer here. Summerville is 22 miles from Charleston with an interstate hiway giving you access in 25 minutes. The houses sell for about 30% less than the surrounding areas of Charleston. Check out the town on my website http://www.homesofsummerville.com
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Marcia Wray, Agent, Mount Pleasant, SC
Fri Apr 24, 2009
Hi David,

I would be interested in what you would enjoy about a community! Charleston has many desirable areas depending on what you value. James Island is certainly one of them, but I would also encourage you to check out Mount Pleasant which is just across the bridge from downtown Charleston. Mount Pleasant has its own historic village area, but also has many newer home areas including the I'on neighborhood, which is a neo-traditional neighborhood that you may have read about in magazines.

Other great features of Mount Pleasant:

Minutes from the beaches: Mount Pleasant is the gateway to the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island
Great recreation: From the town recreation department opportunities to the multiple award winning golf courses. Boating, water sports, etc.
Medical care: Two new, state-of- the-art hospitals soon to be open in Mount Pleasant.
Great restaurants and shopping!
Convenient: Easy access to I-526 and HWY17

These are just a few of the reasons that I would encourage you to consider Mount Pleasant. Please let me know if you would like to hear more! I would be happy to tell you about all of the wonderful areas of Charleston.

Kindest regards,

Marcia Wray
Cornerstone Properties of Charleston
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Randall Sand…, Agent, Charleston, SC
Fri Apr 24, 2009
Hello David - I am an agent with Carolina One Real Estate and I live on James Island which I am personally a huge of of in regards to where to live in Charleston. Here are a few of the pluses on James Island:

-lots of older established neighborhoods along with newer built home options
-conveniently located just 10 minutes from historic Downtown Charleston and also 10 minutes from Folly Beach
-a great county park with lots of family events along with many smaller park areas
-if you are a boating fan, easy access public boat landings
-lots of opportunities to live in a home with water views, marsh views, etc
-lots of great area local restaurants
-fantastic grocery stores, we have 3 Piggly Wiggly stores, a new Super BI-LO along with a high end Publix & Harris Teeter

This is just a start of a list of why James Island is a great place to live.

If you would like a copy of my relocation package which also includes information about other areas. Please email me at rsandin@carolinaone.com or you can request one or search Charleston homes on my website at htttp http://:www.charlestonpierpartners.com

Also - was 80 degrees and sunny here yesterday and we have not had snow in ten years!!
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