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
An 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
An 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 public realm.
The Neighbors: Families, professionals, retirees. Upper middle class to upper-upper class, with homes ranging from $300K to $2 million.