Charleston, South Carolina Real Estate

Living in Charleston

Palm tree-lined cobblestone streets welcome visitors to Charleston; a city famous for its history, culture and charm. Surrounded by Charleston waterfront on three of its four sides, Charleston is one of the most delightful spots of the South.   Local Charleston real estate offers many luxury Charleston waterfront properties, golf communities in Charleston close to the ocean, traditional Charleston homes and beautiful historic Charleston homes.  View complete list of Charleston Subdivisions and areas. Quickly, one notices the absence of skyscrapers common to modern metropolitan areas. Instead, old, renovated and restored buildings house famous shops and corporate offices. The city of Charleston is steeped in tradition, history and wonderful culture.

Charleston Today

Charleston Real Estate continues to attract young families and retirees alike.  Mount Pleasant Real Estate is close to the beach and offers many Mount Pleasant golf communities home communities in Mount Pleasant. The Charleston Waterfront has always been popular and affords those that are looking for Charleston waterfront property a wide selection including Isle of Palms PropertiesSullivans Islands Real EstateFolly Beach , Kiawah Beach and much more.

Why are so many relocating to Charleston and buying Charleston real estate?  One of the primary reasons is the weather!  If you live in Charleston, you will enjoy a warm climate the majority of the year.  In January, the average temperatures is 57 degrees; in July, it’s 89 on average.  The warm temperatures of the summer make for perfect beach weather. Those with waterfront properties in Charleston will enjoy beach walks and swims from May to (sometimes) the end of September!  Spring and Fall are glorious in Charleston and beg those living in Charleston to get out and enjoy one of the many Charleston parks nature centers, and  family fun in Charleston
 

Another primary reason people love relocating and living in Charleston is the close proximity to the Charleston beaches!  Charleston is surrounded on three sides by water and offers some of the best beaches in the Southeast.  With rolling dunes, lots of area for sandcastles, waves for surfing, and sea life to observe, the Charleston beaches are a huge attraction to old and young alike.  Charleston offers many waterfront options!  If you are looking for private and secluded Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island offer gated communities and private beaches.  For family fun and public beach access, visit Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Edisto or Sullivan’s Island.
The third popular reason for relocating to Charleston and investing in Charleston Real Estate is the rich history found in the city of Charleston.  Living in a city steeped in Colonial and Civil War history allows you to view many historic Charleston homes, forts and learn history first hand. Charleston is close to a living museum of culture. Visitors can experience tours of 18th century homes like the Aiken-Rhett House, the Edmondston-Alston House, and the Nathaniel Russell House during their stay in Charleston. In addition, many enjoy places such as the Battery, Waterfront Park, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Gibbes Museum, the Charleston Museum, not to mention the magnificent churches and art galleries.  This is an invaluable gift to offer yourself and your children as they grow up and learn about the world around them.
Charleston has consistently ranked among the top 10 domestic travel destinations by Conde Nast Traveler magazine's prestigious Readers Choice Awards.  For the fourth year in a row, Family Fun Magazine has honored the Charleston area for its awards in the magazine's annual "Readers Choice Awards" - Dream Getaway, Historic Site, Romantic Getaway and Weekend Getaway.

History of Charleston

Charleston was founded in 1670 by colonists from England. Supported by the surrounding rice, cotton, and indigo plantations, Charleston was a key trading port until the dawn of the Civil War. In April 1861, Confederates from Ft. Johnson fired on Union troops protecting Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, and began the War between the States. The four years of war dampened trade and devastated the Charleston economy. Little money was left in the city for change or progress. As a result, Charlestonians were forced to reuse the vast inventory of buildings they already possessed instead of replacing them with newer structures. Consequently, the historic look and feel was preserved in the city.

After the war, Charleston began to depend less on agriculture capital and instead turned to trade and industry. In 1904, the Naval Yard was constructed slightly north of Charleston, and the economy began to bounce back. During the 1900s the major sources of capital for Charleston were the Navy Yard, medical complex, College of Charleston, and growing tourism. The economy of Charleston started to rise and once again Charleston became the cultural capital of the South.

Charleston saw the first of many things in the South

The first science museum in the country was founded in Charleston in 1735.
The Gazette was the South's first newspaper, established in 1732 in Charleston.
South's oldest library was established in Charleston in 1748.
The Dock Street Theatre was the first building constructed for theatrical productions in the nation (opened in 1735).

Charleston Homes for Sale
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