‘Life Outside the Gate’ – the Charleston (SC) Peninsula

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The oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina, Charleston is situated on a peninsula where, as the locals described it, “the Ashley and Cooper Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.”  Without a doubt, it is certainly one of the most picturesque, friendly and historic cities in the United States.  It is also top-of-list when it comes to desirability for living, working and shopping.

Charleston’s downtown district is within the southern-most portion of the peninsula and comprised of nearly 20 neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality.  Generally speaking, Calhoun Street is the main East/West artery and serves as the modern-day geographical midpoint.  Here’s a quick tour of the ‘South of Calhoun’ neighborhoods:

  • King St. Historic District  –  Primarily known for fabulous shopping (from high-end boutiques to local specialty shops), fine restaurants, antique purveyors and art galleries.   Residential living is virtually limited to second-floor-and-above in these historic buildings or in a host of newly renovated lofts.
  • French Quarter  –  One of the oldest sections of downtown, you can’t miss the cobblestone streets and narrow alleys that add so much character to your search for hidden gardens or take in even more galleries.  Live close to the harbor in a very desirable private home or luxury condo.
  • Ansonborough  –  Nestled a few blocks from the shops and restaurants of Market St. and a casual walk from the harbor, the majority of homes here are the multi-floor, old-style row houses, many of which have beautifully maintained private gardens.
  • Harleston Village  –  Noted for its close proximity to the city-owned marina, Moultrie Park and the serenity of Colonial Lake, this neighborhood is a favorite for those who enjoy outdoor life.  There is also a wonderful blend of private homes and condos for consideration.
  • South of Broad  –  ‘SOB’ is just that… the district south of Broad St.  Best known for its magnificent antebellum-style mansions and historic Battery Park, residential life is considered to be the most tranquil is downtown yet still close to the more active ‘SNOB’ (Slightly North of Broad) urban offerings.

For the most part, the vast majority of homes in these ‘South of Calhoun’ neighborhoods date from the era between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War (mid-1700s to mid-1800s).  Of course, attention to preservation and restoration have allowed these structures to survive and to be enjoyed by generations to come.

If you’d like more information about the Charleston area and the wide range of luxury residential properties currently available, the team at Wild Dunes Real Estates would be pleased to hear from you.