5 Best Neighborhoods in Charleston, SC to Live in 2019


Bailey Peterson


May 8th, 2019


Situated right on the coast, the beautiful city of Charleston is peppered with waterfront views and historic homes. So whether you’re looking for a bustling downtown or a quiet ocean view, to help narrow down your search, here are five of the best neighborhoods in Charleston.

If you’re thinking of settling down and purchasing a home in Charleston, South Carolina, you’ve chosen a beautiful and dynamic city.

The coastal city of Charleston plays host to the College of Charleston as well as a steady job market, plenty of bays and inlets, and stunning historic homes. Charleston makes a great home for growing families, young professionals, and college students looking to make a mark.

Charleston has a reputation for terrific schools, gorgeous waterfront views, and great amenities making the city’s cost of living is slightly higher than the rest of the state, with the median home value at $321,800.

However, depending on where you look in Charleston, you’ll find homes that run the gamut from affordable to million dollar plus properties. To help you find the perfect location (and price) to put down roots, here are five of the best neighborhoods in Charleston, SC.

1. Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston highlights a fine blend of college students and families along with residents who have lived in Charleston all their lives. Downtown gives off a a European vibe with cobblestone streets and wrought iron gates in front of many of the homes.

You’ll find both 19th century-style homes with beautiful architecture mixed in with more modern-style homes many showcasing window boxes and well-maintained courtyards.

Indeed, downtown is home to Rainbow Row, a street lined with 13 colorful and picturesque, historic Georgian houses.

Home values are expected to rise 2% in the coming year with downtown median home prices listed around $377,000.

Everything in the downtown area is highly walkable with countless restaurants, historic sites, museums, and parks, including the eight-acre Waterfront Park making it perfect for families as well as singles who are looking to be right in the action.

2. Mount Pleasant

The neighborhood of Mount Pleasant consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Charleston. While it can border on the pricier side with median homes around $393,800, the area is popular because of the excellent schools, low crime, and steady employment.

Mount Pleasant is extremely family-friendly with 84% of residents married and over half have children under the age of 18. The neighborhood offers plenty of parks, dining options, close access to downtown, grocery stores, shopping malls, and an incredible farmers market.

And with Shem Creek running through the main portion of Mount Pleasant, you’ll enjoy scenic walks, fishing, and can imbibe at the numerous restaurants and bars lining the waterfront.

3. Summerville

Earning a place on the National Register of Historic Places, the historic district of Summerville showcases homes that date back to the Civil War era. The neighborhood has a distinct suburban feel with impressive homes and quiet streets.

Many families and young professionals are attracted to the area for its top-rated schools as well as its proximity to big companies like Google, Volvo, and Boeing. Certainly, Summerville makes commuting to work or school easy with close access to I-26.

You’ll find homes in Summerville more affordable than in other surrounding neighborhoods with the median home price of $182,800. The cost of living in Summerville is only 9% higher than the rest of the state compared to Kiawah Island, SC where the cost of living is 137% higher.

4. Hanahan

Located by the Goose Creek Reservoir, you’ll find plenty of beautiful hiking trails, kayaking, and scenic nature vistas in the Hanahan neighborhood.

Hanahan is a small, suburban community with quiet roads and great schools. Many young families are drawn to the area for not only better education options but also for the local mom-and-pop bar and restaurant scene.

Additionally, Hanahan’s home prices are an attractive option for many young buyers with the median home price around $189,800.

And while you are more removed from the action, the area is close to downtown as well as the coast with a reasonable work commute time of around 22 minutes.

5. Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is right on the water providing amazing views and miles and miles of beach. Living in this small city of around 2,000 people will feel like you’re on vacation every day with plenty of amenities and great restaurants and bars right on the water.

Many young couples and retirees settle down in this area enjoying water activities and a lively nightlife. However, you’ll want to check your budget as homes here are mostly high-end luxury, modern-style homes with the median home value at $1,248,900.

If you can afford it, you’ll also enjoy Sullivan Island’s highly rated schools, low crime, low unemployment rate, and great waterfront views.

All of these neighborhoods provide great and diverse options in terms of housing and neighborhood feel. So whether you’re looking for a quiet, affordable suburban area to raise your kids or perhaps a luxury lifestyle on the coast, Charleston has a neighborhood for you.

But no matter which area you choose to settle down in, you’ll want to work with an experienced, local real estate agent who will help you navigate the Charleston housing market.

So be sure to get in touch with Clever, where you’ll be connected with a top-rated Partner Agent in Charleston for guidance and any support you need throughout the entire home buying process.

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