Carolina Park is a gorgeous 1,700-acre master-planned community in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Mount Pleasant is the largest town in Charleston County and the largest town in South Carolina. This was initially a Sewee Indian settlement that grew into a thriving fishing village during colonization (artifacts are frequently found by gardeners). Mount Pleasant is the only place in the United States where traditional sweetgrass baskets are made, a Gullah craft that stretches back centuries.
You might be surprised to know that Riverside, the exclusive custom phase of Carolina Park, was the site of a lively music pavilion that hosted music greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, and B.B. King. Even in 1930, Mount Pleasant was hopping!
Mount Pleasant is still a center of the action, and Carolina Park is the town’s fastest-growing neighborhood. Rand McNally named Mount Pleasant “The Most Fun Small Town In America,” saying “Mount Pleasant has happy residents because the town does everything it can to preserve its pureness. Located in Charleston, you get all the charm with a focused drive to remain a small, close-knit community. Residents get to enjoy the coastal lifestyle, outstanding schools, and a growing business force.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Mount Pleasant has also been named “Best Seaside Town in American” and “America’s Best Community” in past years. From Carolina Park, you can be downtown or in West Ashley in 30 minutes, and at Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island beaches in 15. You’re also just 15 minutes from Shem Creek and the Coastal Expedition’s Bull Island ferry.
Are you a foodie? Mount P. (as locals lovingly refer to their hometown) has restaurants that rival famous downtown Charleston eateries. It also has world-class boutique shopping at stores such as Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, Out of Hand Boutique, Mary Mojo, and Two Cumberland.
Love being on the water? Mount Pleasant has several convenient marinas and boat launches, including Patriot’s Point, Hobcaw, and Remley’s Point. Drop your kayak up the Wando and enjoy a float and paddle down to the harbor. Along the way, you’ll pass Cat Island, a favorite local’s spot for finding shark teeth at low tide.
If paddleboarding is more your style, Shem Creek is a short drive and an easy spot to drop in. Paddle up the creek or out into the harbor and around Crab Bank Island, home of one of the most critical bird nesting grounds in the country.
Speaking of birds, Mount Pleasant is also an essential part of the Atlantic Flyway, a migratory bird route that brings a diverse population of waterfowl to our marshes and lakes in winter. In spring and summer, keep your eye out for bluebirds, painted buntings, and other colorful warblers. Unusual species such as bright pink roseate spoonbills and snowy owls are known to make their home in Mount P!
Palmetto Islands County Park, just 10 minutes from Carolina Park, offers miles of shady, paved and mulched walking trails through pristine Lowcountry forest. The park also has canoe and kayak launches, fishing docs, and more.
Mount Pleasant is also home to a Tuesday night Farmer’s Market, the Wando Hearts & Soles 5K run, and the annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival featuring a shrimp boat parade on Shem Creek, live music, crafts, food, and more. In the summer, you won’t want to miss the weekly Party at the Point celebrations at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. Party at the Point draws international bands as well as local favorites and tribute bands.
Closer to home in Carolina Park, you’re within walking, biking, or golf cart distance of grocery stores, restaurants, and pubs. You’ll also have easy access to hair and nail salons, childcare, doggy daycare and groomers, medical care, and more.
The Carolina Park schools, Laurel Hill Primary, Pinckney Elementary, Cairo Middle School, and Wando High School, are among the most desired schools in the Charleston area. Students at Laurel Hill consistently perform high above the national average. Pinckney Elementary and Cairo Middle School always score an “Excellent” rating on their state report cards.
Wando High School, located inside Carolina Park, is legendary for being one of the highest performing high schools in the state. Wando is a public, non-magnet school with a diverse population of over 4,000 students. Ninety-five percent of graduates plan to go to college, thanks to a vast course selection that includes visual and performing arts, technology, hospitality, and more. Wando’s Class of 2017 earned over $29.6 million in scholarships.
Saussy Burbank new homes in Carolina Park start in the $400’s and range in size from 2104 square feet to 3,000+ square feet. Architecture is a blend of traditional Lowcountry homes with generous double-deck porches and modern farmhouse chic with wrap porches, open plans, flexible space, and contemporary fixtures and finishes.
Stop by our model home and let us show you around the neighborhood. With beautiful, spacious Lowcountry homes in a quiet setting and the fun and convenience of Mount Pleasant, there’s nothing not to love about Carolina Park.