We’re going to head to the coastline of South Carolina and hear from a local, an insider – Jennifer Maher about some of the best places to relocate or retire surrounding Charleston SC.
A few weeks ago, we began our journey through North Carolina and South Carolina, visiting the best places to live with populations between 30,000 – 50,000.
This week, we’re taking a bit of a breather and instead …
I know what you’re thinking.
Bob, we’ve traveled and spoken about Charleston SC many times.
However, you’ll be surprised what you’ll learn about the area, from an insider!
And who knows…you might just find Your best place to live!
“When considering the best places to live near Charleston SC one does not need to go far off the beaten path.
It’s true, typical of most mid-size Southern cities, Charleston and her immediate suburbs have seen a tremendous amount of growth during the last decade.
A warm climate, beautiful beaches, manicured golf courses, and tons of fresh and salt water fishing are always a draw to retirees and young families alike.
One might assume that with such growth you would be doomed to live in a cramped subdivision listening to and seeing your neighbors’ every move.
That’s not the case in Charleston SC.
Visitors, particularly our friends from the Northeastern states, are generally amazed that all the waterfront property in Charleston County has not yet been developed.
In fact, in a peninsula city bordered by not only the Atlantic Ocean, but two rivers, the Ashley on the western side and the Cooper on the eastern side, there are still plenty of water and marsh views to be had.
If you drive approximately 20 minutes north or south of Charleston along Highway 17 you’ll find several communities with moderately priced homes offering peace, quiet, and views that include water, marsh birds and live oaks draped in Spanish moss.
Just minutes north of Charleston SC, many people are familiar with the suburb of Mount Pleasant, and the barrier islands of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.
However, there are two other islands worth considering if a true retreat is your goal.
Dewees Island and Goat Island.
Both islands are dotted with single family homes ranging in size from under 1000 square feet to over 4000 square feet.
These very quiet islands are accessible only by boat and there is no commerce on either island.
A ferry leaves the Isle of Palms Marina several times a day.
Continuing north of Mount Pleasant, is the town of Awendaw which falls between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Wando River.
There, you will find many homes where you may not be able to see your neighbors, but you will see trawlers out to catch shrimp!
North of Charleston is not the only area worth a look to find your best place to live in South Carolina.
South of Charleston, as you leave the West Ashley section of the city you cross several small bridges and enter the communities of Hollywood (yes, Hollywood, South Carolina) , Younges Island and Stono Ferry.
These communities are between the beautiful city of Charleston SC and the sought after and pricey Kiawah Island resort.
Many small neighborhoods in these areas also boast water or marsh views on a more modest budget than their more well-known neighboring towns.
These neighborhoods are also a short drive to the big waves and nightlife of Folly Beach SC.
I would be remiss when speaking of the South Carolina Best Places to live if I did not also mention that when taking the “road less traveled” to some of our smaller communities outside Charleston SC, you will also find you can save hundreds of dollars each year by either avoiding HOA fees or finding them to be much less than in larger communities.
A number of the towns closer to Charleston SC frequented by tourists also have an extra percentage point added to their sales tax to take advantage of tourist dollars, and gas prices are higher in the metropolitan area.
If you’re planning on visiting Charleston SC this weekend…
Don’t miss, Charleston SC Restaurant Week which runs from September 7th -18th. Price fix meals are offered at greatly reduced prices.
A fantastic opportunity to sample some of the low country’s finest cuisine on a budget!
Congratulations goes to Charleston’s own Husk Restaurant, voted the Best Restaurant in America 2011 by Bon Appetite Magazine.
Come see why we feel Charleston SC can easily be one of Your South Carolina Best Places to live.”
If you haven’t already, be sure to watch our video’s of the Charleston SC area:
Next week we return to our journey to the best places to live in North Carolina and South Carolina with populations between 30,000 and 50,000!
See You next week,
Bob Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Bob researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
Bob Does Not Sell Real Estate!
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