Looking to build your home amidst Southern hospitality on a gorgeous coast? You’re ready to build a life in the Low Country. With these best neighborhoods in Charleston, SC to choose from, it’s no surprise the city is a top choice moving destination.
In the past we shared five reasons to move to Charleston:
So, let’s look in greater detail at the best neighborhoods in Charleston, SC. Here’s a round-up of some residential favorites.
Charleston has been named the #1 city in the United States by Travel + Leisure seven years in a row.
We’ll start with Downtown. Of course, this is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Charleston, SC. With its cobblestone streets, historic homes and churches, and proximity to the city’s arts and culture and top restaurants, downtown is the center of it all. When you call the South of Broad neighborhood home you get to enjoy beautiful buildings, carefully maintained gardens and window boxes, and iron-fenced courtyards too. You’re also close to the Battery and harbor’s natural beauty.
Charleston’s adjoining Elliotborough and Cannonborough neighborhoods draw people looking for laidback living. Young professionals and students enjoy these tree-lined residential streets and the neighborhood’s trendy eateries, vintage shops, and indie boutiques. Old homes are getting fixed up and newer homes are being added into the mix in this area, also considered Midtown.
When you get an address in the Upper King neighborhood, you’re choosing a more modern community. North of the historic district, this area draws its share of young professionals, students, and other residents. With Marion Square offering 6.5 acres of green space, you’re also picking a neighborhood that’s home to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Food + Wine Festival, the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market, and more.
If you love being outdoors, Harleston Village is another possible fit for you. You’ll be living close to Colonial Lake and Moultrie and Cannon Parks. You can expect some student neighbors, as this neighborhood is home also to the College of Charleston.
Wagener Terrace is the umbrella name given to the Wagener Terrace, Longborough, and Lowndes Point neighborhoods. The original homes in this area were built between 1920 and 1960. So, the houses here are prime targets for fixer-upper renovations. Close to many Charleston restaurants, this neighborhood is also near the Ashley River and borders Hampton Park.
Hampton Park once held the 1901 Charleston World Exposition.
West Ashley is one of the best suburbs of Charleston SC. It’s a great starting point for those looking for an affordable start. Bordering downtown, this neighborhood is also one of the oldest Charleston suburbs. It’s home to the Charleston zoo as well as historic plantations and Revolutionary and Civil War era battlegrounds.
When you’re looking at good neighborhoods in Charleston SC, you’ll also want to tour Summerville. Known for its schools and their athletics, Summerville is located along the I-26, which makes commuting more convenient. Home to Gahagan and Azalea Park, this area is not just a Charleston historic neighborhood. It’s also earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places with its many impressive homes.
Summers Corner is one of Summerville’s largest neighborhoods where residents can walk to school and on weekends enjoy getting out on Buffalo Lake.
Nexton’s three neighborhoods within Summerville offer resident a live-work-play environment. The Nexton Square event lawn is surrounded by boutiques, salons, and restaurants and a growing list of workplaces are accessible on foot or by bike. There’s a small town within the city feel in Nexton. Take the kids for a hike in Tall Gee Woods or to enjoy an outdoor concert in Brown Family Park. If you’re a runner, you might sign up for the Cocoa Cup 5K. Otherwise, you can simply compete in one of the neighborhood’s holiday lighting contests.
Mount Pleasant is a prime neighborhood for those looking to raise a family. Within Mount Pleasant, Carolina Park is a fast-growing master-planned community of new homes. Just minutes from the Ravenel Bridge, this area provides access to upscale shopping and dining, public schools with excellent ratings and access to miles of trails and 80 areas of parkland.
The Ravenel Bridge is also known as the Cooper River Bridge. The cable-stayed bridge is the third longest of its type in the Western Hemisphere!
There are many best neighborhoods in Charleston. Even the suburbs of Charleston SC offer lovely and lively neighborhoods. Whether you want to walk to work, get out to art galleries, be near restaurants, or live amidst historic charm, Charleston has the neighborhood for you and yours.
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