5 Great Neighborhoods in Charleston
On the other side of Charleston across the Ashley River, West Ashley and James Island are the old standbys -- established communities in close proximity to Charleston but without the rapid growth/new sheen of Mount Pleasant. Bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway, West Ashley/James Island neighborhoods offer a mix of architectural styles and price points. Generally affordable and family friendly, this neck of the woods and waterways is content to be homey and just a tad eclectic.
Notable Neighborhood: Byrnes Down
Location, location, location. Just a hop and a skip from downtown, Byrnes Down is World War II-era brick-house heaven. Solid construction, quaint and manageable sizes (two-to-three bedrooms), tree-canopied streets and access to the West Ashley Greenway add up to high desirability and a boon for DIY-ers or renovation contractors. Walking proximity to bars/restaurants in Avondale or to a bakery or antique shop in South Windermere is a bonus.
The Neighbors: Total mix -- young families, young professionals, blue-collar workers, medical students, older folks.
Also Consider: Riverland Terrace
Built in the 1940s on what was once a thriving indigo plantation, Riverland Terrace inherited the plantation's stately Avenue of Oaks, now framing Riverland Drive. The neighborhood boasts a waterfront playground, municipal golf course and mix of home sizes and styles, many with curb appeal.
The Neighbors: Healthy range of young and old. Tend to be a little more politically progressive.