Charleston, SC, is a big tourist draw, but it’s also a top place to live. Yet you may not want to live right downtown. That’s when you’re going to be looking to make your home among the best suburbs of Charleston, SC. This article helps you narrow your options with a bit about some of the favorites in the Charleston area.
Suburban options such as Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Johns Island, and more give you the quality of life while being a quick drive to Charleston, SC, which always has a lot going on. For families, there are many different fun things to do. You’re also located right on the coastline nearby five beautiful beaches. Plus, you’ll be immersed in history and culture, not to mention being nearby a culinary hotspot.
But let’s focus more on the suburban options available to you if you’re looking to make the move to the Palmetto State.
Mount Pleasant is just across the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston. On niche.com, Mount Pleasant clinches #1 Best Suburb to Live and #1 Best Charleston Suburb to Raise a Family. Why? There are a lot of restaurants and coffee shops, and nightlife gets an A- ranking. A lot of young professionals make Mount Pleasant home. At the same time, the public schools here are highly rated.
Best Charleston Suburb Brought to You By the Letter ’S’
That’s going to be Summerville. Known as the “flower town in the pines,” Summerville is a small town with big charm. At least that’s what its tourism bureau says! But it’s been a destination of choice for Charleston residents for centuries. In the 1700s, residences on this pine ridge were where the wealthy of the city escaped in the summer to avoid heat, bugs, and disease. Charleston, of course, has cleaned up its act since then. Yet people still flock to Summerville’s neighborhoods. Forty years ago, Summerville had a population of just 3,000. Today it’s surpassed 46,000.
The Nexton community in Summerville boasts 46 parks across four neighborhoods (in two of those you can find a Saussy Burbank home to call your own). If a quality home with great outdoor space isn’t enough of a selling point for you, you may also want to know that Nexton is working to be a regional shopping destination and job center.
Best Suburbs of Charleston: The Island Options
Kiawah Island is where you’ll find elegant homes amidst stunning natural scenery. And golf courses. Lots of stunning golf courses. Kiawah Island is also known for high-end shopping, top private schools, and chic restaurants. You can enjoy public beach access only at East Beach, but you’ll be able to find a home with an oceanfront or river view on this lovely isle.
James Island is another suburban Charleston option with a rural feel. The majority of people own homes here, with a median home value of $272,000. Access to strong schools, restaurants, parks and make this Niche’s 11th best suburb to live in among South Carolina’s 121 options. It’s also the 13th best place to retire in the state.
Johns Island (also spelled John’s Island) is going to be your biggest island option in the Lowcountry. In fact, it’s the largest island in the state and the fourth-largest island on the East Coast. A third of its 84 square-miles falls within the city of Charleston’s limits. This unique location lets you enjoy oak trees, farms that produce local fruit, and easy access to the Holy City.
Kiawah River is a community set on John’s Island which is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston to feel like a getaway, yet still close enough to visit on a whim.
Sullivan’s Island is one more suburb to consider. Its peace and quiet are a pull for retirees. This two and a half-mile long barrier island is right near the Charleston Harbor. Home to just 2,000 residents, Sullivan’s is considered a very affluent Charleston suburb.
Making Your Home Around Charleston, SC
Thinking about migrating to the Charleston area? Here are four reasons now is the time to make your move. Once you’ve decided this is the right place for you, this round-up of some of the different suburbs nearby should help you find the right fit.
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