5 Great Neighborhoods in Charleston
Just over the breathtaking Ravenel Bridge from Charleston, Mount Pleasant is convenient to both downtown and the beaches and offers a range of older established neighborhoods and new subdivisions. Its excellent public schools and the town's robust recreation program make it a desirable place to raise a family; however, fast growth means sprawl and traffic are hot-button issues.
Notable Neighborhood: The Old Village
old shrimping village and summer retreat for Charleston's wealthy
planters, the Old Village has beautiful old homes shaded by moss-draped
oaks and cooled by the harbor breeze -- what's not to love? Real estate
here is coveted and pricey, but the payoff is that kids can ride bikes
to neighborhood schools, to the Village library, to go fishing at the
Old Bridge, or to get an old-fashioned milkshake at the Pitt Street
Pharmacy (and put it on their tab).
The Neighbors: Healthy mix of young families and old-timers, many with local generational roots. Slants conservative but genteel.
Also Consider: I'On
award-winning "New Urbanism" development, I'On (named for statesman
Jacob I'On) offers handsome old-style Charlestonesque homes with
new-development amenities (pool, tennis courts, public dock, etc).
Porches, sidewalks, lakes and a marsh-front nature trail emphasize the
The Neighbors: Families, professionals, retirees. Upper middle class to upper-upper class, with homes ranging from $300K to $2 million.