Isle of Palms Office

1400 Palm Boulevard Ste. M
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5600

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Folly Beach Office

31 Center Street
Folly Beach, SC 29439
843.588.3800

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Dunes Downtown

11 Fulton Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.5618

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Kiawah Seabrook Office

1887 Andell Bluff Boulevard
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.9800

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835 Coleman Blvd Ste. 200
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843.881.5600

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Charleston Area Market Stats through June (and other news)

“School’s out, and as vaccination rates rise and America enters a new normal, the U.S. housing market continues along at a frenzied pace, with low interest rates and limited inventory fueling record high sales prices. May saw the median existing home sales price exceed $350,000, a 24% increase and the largest year-over-year increase since 1999, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Eager buyers are making multiple offers, some for well over asking price, while others are making offers on homes sight unseen…As we ease into new routines and look forward to a post-pandemic future, one thing remains certain: America desperately needs more homes.”
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +19.0% | Median Sales Price +22.8% | Months Supply -72.4%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

14SaturdayRd IOn

14 Saturday Road, I’On
5 beds,  4.5 baths, 4400 sq ft   |  Offered for $2,300,000

Nestled in highly sought after I’On, this exquisite marsh front home was custom built by Structures Building Company and designed by architect Neal van Dalen. The home boasts beautiful sunset views of Hobcaw Creek from the kitchen, sunroom, family room, master bedroom and additional bedrooms, while the outdoor area is equally impressive with double back porches and an additional screened porch providing outdoor living spaces to enjoy the view and nature. There is also a lovely carriage house with over 600 square feet complete with indoor staircase, kitchenette, large living space/bedroom and full bath which can comfortably house your guests or provide a great home office. For more information on this stunning home, visit bit.ly/14SaturdayRd.

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Charleston Area Market Stats through May (and other news)

As the weather warms and pandemic restrictions ease across much of the country, the U.S. housing market shows little sign of cooling. Robust buyer demand, fueled by low mortgage rates, continues to outpace supply, which remains near historic lows. Nationwide, inventory remains much lower than it was at this time last year, and sales prices are surging as a result. With such limited supply of existing homes to purchase, all eyes are on home builders to provide a much-needed boost of inventory to the market to help meet buyer demand. However, increasing material and labor costs, along with supply chain challenges, have contributed to significantly higher construction costs, with builders passing these costs on to homebuyers. And while the warmer temperatures, rising sales prices, and the reopening of the economy may draw more sellers to the market, historically low levels of homes for sale are likely to continue for some time.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +44.4% | Median Sales Price +21.2% | Months Supply -78.8%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

70 Saturday Road, I’On
6 beds,  5.5 baths, 3456 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,825,000

Located in highly sought after I’On, this thoughtfully renovated home offers modern conveniences that compliment its original charm. Stepping inside, you will find a spacious dining room, which is connected to the kitchen by the butler’s pantry that makes entertaining a breeze. The custom kitchen boasts luxurious Subzero, Bosch and Wolf Appliances and a large island with tucked away seating, while the living room offers a gas fireplace and built-in cabinetry, plus access to the screened porch. The property has been professionally landscaped with a design by Julie Hensley, and the brick and tabby driveway offers parking for 4+ cars, with space to add a garage or pool. ⁠⁠⁠⁠For more photos and information, visit bit.ly/70SaturdayRoadIon.

Agent Spotlight

Congrats to Tim Reese for this record-breaking Sullivan’s Island sale!
1901 Thee Street, Sullivan’s Island
4 beds, 4.5 baths   |  5300 sq ft   |  SOLD FOR $10,500,000

CLICK HERE to Read the Full Article in the Post & Courier!

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Charleston Area Market Stats through April (and other news)


April was another strong month for home sales. The busy spring market continues to see many multiple offer situations driving sales prices above asking price. With such strong activity, by the time a property sale closes, the market may have already moved higher than that sold price suggests. Such markets can create stress and frustration for prospective homebuyers, who are frequently having to submit offers on multiple properties before they are able to secure a purchase…While housing affordability remains an area to watch as prices continue to rise, strong buyer demand and limited housing supply show no signs of easing soon, pointing to a continuation of this market trend through spring and into summer.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +47.6% | Median Sales Price +18.6% |  Months Supply -80.0%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

4 Parrothead Lane, Lowndes Pointe
5 beds, 4 full and 1 half bath, 4200 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,790,000

A waterfront paradise in a Downtown location – what could possibly be better? Nestled in Lowndes Pointe, this custom built home is located on one of the largest lots in the neighborhood, boasting long distance views of the Ashley River, over 1000 square feet of decks on multiple levels, a stunning 700+ sq ft master suite, sparkling salt water pool, and much more. ⁠⁠For more photos and information, visit www.4ParrotheadLane.com.

Agent Spotlight

“Because my wife and I had moved out of state, we hired Jack Hurley & Priscilla Shumway to sell our home and help us invest in a rental property. Within 24 hours of listing our home we had multiple offers and sold over asking price. They helped us negotiate an offer on a rental condo and helped to secure a tenant. Their attention to detail and patient advice was invaluable as we were across the country. Thanks Jack and Priscilla! We will use you again when we return to South Carolina!”

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Charleston Area Market Stats through March (and other news)

Normal spring increases in sales activity, coupled with relaxing COVID-19 policies, created a very busy March real estate market as buyer demand continued largely unabated in the face of rising home prices and mortgage rates. Existing home seller and new construction activity continue to remain below levels necessary to bring the market back into balance, pointing to a busy and competitive buyer market in the coming months.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +28.4% | Median Sales Price +17.4% |  Months Supply -77.1%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

170 Hobcaw Drive, Mount Pleasant
4 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half bath, 4500 sq ft   |  Offered for $5,350,000

This stunning home on deep water overlooking the Wando River and Hobcaw Creek offers lowcountry living at its finest! Completely taken back to a shell, Sheppard Construction took this renovation to a whole new level with exquisite details and design. Interior features include wide plank white oak flooring throughout, beautiful chef’s kitchen featuring Calcutta gold marble countertops and a Wolf/Sub Zero appliance package, a large living room and dining room with fireplace and bar area, and a truly stunning wall of large impact glass windows which invites you to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets and water views in Charleston. The exterior of the home is equally impressive with lush, mature landscaping, a newly constructed IPE dock (approx. 75 ft long) with an 11 X 16 foot covered pierhead and copper roof, as well as a boat lift which will hold up to a 20,000 lb boat. The home also features a full house automatic generator, and there is no flood insurance required. For more information, visit http://www.170hobcawdrive.com/.

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In the News

Big shoutout to our fearless leader, Randy Walker, featured in the March 2021 issue of Charleston Magazine where local leaders weigh in on Charleston’s unique ability to adjust, adapt, overcome – and in the case of real estate sales, thrive – in the midst of the 2020 pandemic.

Check out the full article on pg. 99 of the March issue, or click the link below to sign up and view the FREE digital issue courtesy of Charleston Coast Vacations!

Featured Podcast

Did you catch Mount Pleasant Magazine’s latest VOICE for Real Estate podcast featuring our very own Laurie Minges?

On this episode of the VOICE for Real Estate podcast, Laurie talks to Mount Pleasant Magazine host and publisher, Bill Macchio, about her experience in real estate, how the real estate market is right now and how to be ready.

CLICK HERE to watch the full episode!

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Charleston Area Market Stats through February (and other news)

Mortgage interest rates ticked a bit higher in February, but remain below their February 2020 levels. Interest rates may rise a bit further in coming weeks, but according to Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater, “while there are multiple temporary factors driving up rates, the underlying economic fundamentals point to rates remaining in the low 3 percent range for the year.” With rates still at historically low levels, home sales are unlikely to be significantly impacted, though higher rates do impact affordability.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +25.1% | Median Sales Price +11.6% |  Months Supply -73.5%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

51 Waterway Island Drive, Isle of Palms
5 bed, 5 full and 2 half baths, 5298 sq ft   |  Offered for $5,235,000


Paradise awaits you in this custom deep water home nestled on Morgan Creek inside the gates of the Wild Dunes Resort. 51 Waterway Island Drive has everything a beach and boating enthusiast could want combined with the charm and inviting character that makes a home on the Isle of Palms so desirable. Features include an oversized shiplapped living room / entertainment area with a wood burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, gorgeous first floor master suite, an elevated infinity salt water pool, and the real gem – your very own 80 ft deep water dock (the largest on the creek!) complete with power, water and lighting ensuring you can enjoy the outdoors anytime of day and any season of the year.⁠⁠ For more information, visit www.51WaterwayIslandDrive.com.

Agent Spotlight: Joy Millar

“I don’t think I have ever met a REALTOR® that is
more dedicated, responsive, and pleasant to deal with than Joy Millar. In an intensely competitive and skyrocketing market, Joy was the difference between us getting a truly special house, and being priced out of the market. Her knowledge of Seabrook Island combined with her contacts made the impossible happen. She is an absolutely delightful person, and I cannot recommend her services highly enough.”  ~ Paul M.

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Charleston Area Market Stats Through January (and other news)

CHS Market Stats thru January 2021

January started off strong for the housing market, with healthy buyer demand and strong market fundamentals. A robust increase in housing starts in December points to an active year for new construction, but higher material costs, especially lumber, and a limited supply of buildable lots will temper the number of new units.
~ Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +22% | Median Sales Price +9.5% |  Months Supply -70.6%

Downtown Charleston

Upper Charleston Peninsula

Upper Mount Pleasant

Lower Mount Pleasant

Daniel Island

Folly Beach

Isle of Palms/Wild Dunes

Sullivan’s Island

Kiawah Island

Seabrook Island

James Island

West Ashley

Johns Island

North Charleston

Summerville

Goose Creek

Featured Listing

134 North Plaza Court #204, Mount Pleasant
3 bed, 2 full and 1 half bath, 2577 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,350,000


This pristine waterfront condominium offers panoramic views of historic downtown Charleston, the Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. Enter through a private, direct access code elevator with a secure interior door to the spacious 23′ living room. The living room boasts a gas fireplace and connects seamlessly to the expansive dining room and adjoining kitchen, perfect for entertaining. The Renaissance offers outstanding amenities including a pool, clubroom, premium workout room and multiple guest suites in each of the two buildings that can be reserved for a nominal fee. Other amenities include garage parking for two cars and a climate controlled storage room.⁠⁠ For more information, visit bit.ly/134NPlazaCt204.

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Welcome to our newest dunes properties agents, Nelson Lundberg, Heyward Bonner and Zoe Skinner! To find out more about these agents visit bit.ly/DunesAgents.

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Charleston Area Market Stats through December (and other news)

Charleston Area Stats thru December 2020

What a strange year! It was certainly weird for all of us at dunes properties and I’m sure you and yours also! So many vacation reservations had to be canceled or rescheduled while our Charleston islands were closed to the public this past spring. Our agents, already set up with home offices, were joined by our employees, who like so many in the country successfully adapted to working from home. We continue to do so, alternating days to limit our office personnel numbers.

On the bright side, I am simply amazed by our 2020 real estate record year, having closed over $415 Million in sales; a 31 year company record and over 30% above our previous best year, 2017 at $320 Million. In fact, of the over 6,000 Charleston area REALTORS®, FIVE of our dunes agents landed in the top 50.

Demand (mostly from big cities) is off the charts, and with home inventory at record lows, I expect pickings to be slim this year. So, with 30 year fixed mortgage rates STILL BELOW 4%, we encourage you to come get your piece of paradise! We do hope you and your family managed through this past year all healthy as ever, and we look forward to seeing you on the Charleston Coast soon!

Randy Walker, dunes properties President

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +31.1% | Median Sales Price +14.4% |  Months Supply -62.9%

Featured Listing

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2740 Seabrook Island Road, Seabrook Island
5 beds, 5 baths, 3400 sq ft   |  Offered for $1,625,000

Set amongst glorious live oaks and overlooking Crooked Oaks golf course, this magnificent home exudes southern charm, offers curb appeal galore, and is an easy stroll to the beach and club amenities. With 5 beds, 5 baths plus study/office and a year-round outdoor kitchen/porch/sunroom, this home would be a welcome gathering place for multi-generations of a family, but is also warm and inviting for more intimate living. The stunning Brazilian Koa flooring throughout sets the scene for this special property, and the custom oyster shell linear gas fireplace is exceptional. Amenities include two separate Russound systems, a three stop elevator, an infrared sauna, and electric car charging outlet. For more information, visit bit.ly/2740SeabrookIslandRd.

In The News

Charleston County announced that new maps guiding flood insurance requirements and costs will go into effect on January 29, 2021. Click Here to watch a helpful video or view a list of frequently asked questions.

A study by United Van Lines determined that South Carolina was the second most sought after state to move to in 2020. Overall, 55% of the country’s inbound moves were to the Southern region, with the Carolinas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Tennessee topping the list. Click Here to read the full article.

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Our 2021 vacation brochures started hitting mailboxes earlier this month! If you’ve stayed with us the last few years, look out for your hard copy soon. If you want to make sure you receive a copy, email vacations@dunesproperties.com to request one.⁠⁠ See something you like? Search and book online at our website: www.charlestoncoastvacations.com.

Charleston Area Market Stats through November (and other news)

Charleston Market Stats through November 2020

“November saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average top 30,000 for the first time, while mortgage rates reached new record lows again. These new records have provided encouragement for buyers to move forward on home purchases, which continued to remain strong overall for the month. Showing activity remains higher than the same period a year ago across most of the country, suggesting that strong buyer demand is likely to continue into what is typically the slowest time of year. With inventory remaining constrained in most market segments, sellers continue to benefit from the tight market conditions.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +34.5% | Median Sales Price +18.4% |  Months Supply -61.5%

Featured Listing

1509 ocean club

1509 Ocean Club, Wild Dunes
4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths | 2,810 sq ft | Offered at $1,599,000
Welcome to 1509 Ocean Club, a premier oceanfront penthouse villa with spectacular 180 degree views from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. This 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa is a rare find with the desirable ”B” floor plan, offering additional square footage, a breakfast room, private powder room for guests, and 3 of the 4 bedrooms facing the stunning view! For more information or to schedule a private showing, visit bit.ly/1509OceanClub.

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Charleston Area Market Stats through October (and other news)

November 2020 Charleston market update

“October continued to be busier than the calendar normally suggests. Buyer activity remains higher than normal for this time of year, while in many segments of the market housing supply remains much lower than one year ago. Multiple offers remain a common occurrence in many areas, keeping housing hot while the temperatures continue to fall.”

~ Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR)

Market Statistics by Area:

Closed Sales +54.5% | Median Sales Price +16.3% |  Months Supply -55.0%

Featured Listing

harleston gates 2020

31 Smith Street, No. 204, Harleston Village
3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths | 1,758 sq ft | Offered at $1,850,000
Historic Charleston’s new distinctive address, Harleston Gates, is now welcoming its new owners. There is just one opportunity left to become a part of this compelling boutique building. The North Flat offers ten foot ceilings, a gracious open floor plan, a spacious master suite, and opulent appointments. With views to Wentworth Mansion and french doors to a balcony set amidst the trees, this Flat is one-of-a kind. For more information, visit www.HarlestonGates.com.

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Where to Live in Charleston, SC: Our Top 16 Favorite Neighborhoods

Where to live in Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina, may not boost the largest population or tallest skyscrapers, but it’s a city with real character, charm and history. If you’re wondering where to live in Charleston, SC, we’ve got you covered with this comprehensive guide to all of the neighborhoods in historic downtown Charleston and some of the surrounding areas. Whether you’re looking for the perfect beach house for your family or a charming downtown apartment for one, you’ll find some of the most unique properties right here in the Holy City.

Neighborhoods in Historic Downtown Charleston

Unlike larger, more spread-out cities, Charleston’s downtown area is the heart of the action. Everything from eating and partying to business gatherings and art events takes place right in the downtown area, which is why so many people flock the city center when they relocate. Historic downtown Charleston has dozens of beautiful areas to live in, but, of course, the desirability of these areas drives up the price, so be sure to consider both the vibe of the neighborhood and the average price tag on homes in the area.

South of Broad

Speaking of budgets, the South of Broad neighborhood is the most expensive area on the peninsula because of its proximity to the water and the massive mansions that decorate the streets here. If you’re working with a tight budget in mind, you should flip right past these extravagant homes. If extravagance is what you’re searching for, then there is no better area in Charleston than South of Broad. Perhaps the most desirable homes here are located on Murray Blvd., an area locals refer to as “the Battery.” This row of beautiful homes faces out to the harbor with gorgeous views of the water and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in the distance. This entire neighborhood makes up the tip of the peninsula from the water to Broad St. and is mainly residential. The nearest shops, restaurants and bars can be found along Broad St.

Harleston Village

One of the most popular neighborhoods in downtown Charleston, Harleston Village is adjacent to South of Broad. The neighborhood boundaries extend from Broad St. to Calhoun St. and from Lockwood Blvd. to St. Philip St., nestling this neighborhood within the College of Charleston campus. This area is home to a mix of college students and families as well as some staple Charleston establishments, including the Wentworth Mansion with the exquisite Circa 1886 restaurant inside and more casual stops like Caviar and Bananas or Circe’s Grotto.

Harleston Village

Ansonborough

A more tourist-heavy section of the downtown area, Ansonborough covers the Market area in addition to other visitor hotspots like Waterfront Park, the rooftop bars at both Market Pavilion and The Vendue and the many other restaurants and bars along East Bay St. Although this may sound like a bustling area on top, the Ansonborough neighborhood itself actually remains extremely quiet because it’s tucked away down narrow, cobblestone streets that lead towards Gadsdenboro Park. Take a walk through this area to enjoy the charm of an old Charleston neighborhood and take a moment to step away from the busy streets of Meeting and East Bay.

Radcliffeborough

As you move up the peninsula, you’ll begin to run into a few different “boroughs,” including Radcliffeborough, which runs from Calhoun St. to Morris St. between King St. and Rutledge Ave. This is what most locals know as party central for the college kids. Students at the College of Charleston tend to move into off-campus apartments after one to two years of dorm life—and Radcliffeborough is where they choose to go. If you’re wondering where to live in Charleston and you’re not interested in the nightlife, this may not be the neighborhood for you. Many parents, however, decide to make an investment purchase and buy a house their child can live in while attending the college. If this is the kind of real estate decision you’re looking to make, Radcliffeborough is the area for college students. It’s a short, easy walk (or ride) to the campus while also remaining close to all the best parts of downtown Charleston.

Mazyck-Wraggborough

This small sliver of Charleston, which exists from Calhoun St. to Mary St. between King and East Bay, is a unique spot that has also been referred to as the Garden District. In this area covering just a few blocks, you’ll find an intriguing mix of old historic homes and, as its nickname suggests, beautiful outdoor gardens. The Mazyck-Wraggborough neighborhood encompasses Marion Square, one of the most popular spots in the city to host events–from Fashion Week to the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. During the spring, summer and fall, you can also enjoy a weekly Farmers Market in Marion Square with local artisans, farmers and producers bringing their best products to the park each Saturday.

King Street Historic District

Just a narrow sliver down the center of the peninsula, the King Street Historic District doubles as the shopping district, too. This neighborhood runs down King Street and extends on either side to Meeting and St. Philip streets. Here, you’ll find dozens of big name stores and local boutiques as well as some of the best bars and restaurants in the city. This is really where all of the action happens in Charleston, so if you’re able to find a property here, expect to be in the middle of it all.

King Street

Cannonborough/Elliotborough

A very desirable area of town, Cannonborough/Elliotborough is made up of a mixture of college students, young professionals and families. This is considered one of the more affordable spots in historic downtown Charleston and has much to offer in terms of gorgeous traditional architecture and great local eateries and bars. You won’t be too far from King Street when you move to this neighborhood, and you’ll be near coffee shops like 132 Spring, as well as trendy restaurants like the Pink Cactus and Xiao Bao Biscuit.

East Side

Considered an up-and-coming area of Charleston, the East Side is located along the eastern side of the peninsula naturally. Many of the homes in this neighborhood possess a long, intriguing history with dozens of examples of traditional Charleston single homes—a particular design unique to the city. When you live on the East Side, you’ll be within walking distance to the Old Cigar Factory, which has been converted into a multi-use building that is now home to a coffee shop known as Mercantile, the next-door whiskey bar called Bar Mash and Rappahannock, a seafood restaurant known for its oysters. From the East Side, you’ll also have easy access to walk the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and you’re just around the corner from a brand-new olympic swimming pool facility that was just installed in 2020.

West Side

On the other side of the peninsula sits the West Side neighborhood, which is conveniently close to the crosstown, making it easy and fast to get off the peninsula in either direction. If you’re looking for somewhere to move in historic downtown Charleston while also being able to hop on the highway at a moment’s notice, the West Side may be the ideal location. This side of town is also home to Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, the stadium home to the city’s minor league baseball team—the Riverdogs. When you move to the West Side, you’ll also be sharing the neighborhood with a number of top spots in Charleston, including the Recovery Room (the bar known as the number one seller of PBR in the world) and Leon’s Oyster Shop. Make sure you find time to explore them all. Oh, and definitely invest in a tide chart because the streets on this side of town can shockingly flood during storms and high tide.

Hampton Park Terrace

Moving further from the tip of the peninsula, we begin to make our way into the Hampton Park/Wagener Terrace area of the city. Both of these neighborhoods are much more residential than other areas of the city closer to the tip of the peninsula. You’re a short drive or bike ride from the center of Charleston’s nightlife, but not close enough to be reminded of it while you’re having a relaxing night in. Hampton Park itself is right in the middle of this neighborhood, providing you the perfect space to relax, take a walk, host a romantic picnic or exercise outdoors.

If you decide to move to Hampton Park Terrace, you’ll notice these houses have a different style than the traditional Charleston singles seen in other neighborhoods. Hampton Park Terrace and Wagener Terrace are both home to more cottage-style homes, giving the neighborhood its own unique look. Here, you’ll be close to local restaurants like Park Cafe, Herd Provisions and the corner store Torres Superettes—a place where many locals claim you can get some of the most authentic tacos in town.

Hampton Park Terrace

Wagener Terrace

Adjacent to Hampton Park Terrace, Wagener Terrace is another charming area with similar cottage-style homes and many residential families. For young professionals looking to settle down or newlyweds ready to start a family, this is probably the most desirable neighborhood in the entire city. If you can snag a property here, you’ll love the entire vibe of the neighborhood and the proximity to many of the same perks as Hampton Park Terrace, including the park itself, Park Cafe and Daps breakfast cafe.

North Central

The final neighborhood on the peninsula before you begin entering the city of North Charleston, North Central is a very up-and-coming area with new apartment buildings seeming to pop up every day. Residential living here is slim because of the influx of apartment buildings, but if you like living the condo life, you can rent here for a bit while seeking out the right permanent home for you. Sometimes called the neck of the peninsula, the North Central neighborhood is home to breweries like Revelry Brewing and Fatty’s Beer Works, as well as the cafeteria-style food court with rotating offerings of the newest and trendiest culinary pop-ups, starter restaurants or food trucks transitioning into the brick-and-mortar space.

Other Neighborhoods in Charleston

  • The Old Village, Mount Pleasant: A neighborhood with property on the pricier side, the Old Village in Mount Pleasant is relatively close to the bridge, making it easy and quick to get downtown. This charming area is where you’ll find gorgeous homes and adorable boutique shops and cafes.
  • Old Village

Avondale, West Ashley: Also a short drive to downtown, Avondale is a neighborhood of West Ashley, filled with fun and action. Here, you’ll find yoga studios, shops, restaurants and bars, including the eclectic Voodoo Tiki Bar & Lounge and the oldest running bar in Charleston, Gene’s Haufbrau.

Park Circle, North Charleston: Perhaps the trendiest new neighborhood in Charleston right now, Park Circle is the first neighborhood between downtown Charleston and North Charleston. With an increasing number of developments over the last five years, the neighborhood centers around E. Montague Street, which is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and even a brewery.

  • James Island: If you’re a beach bum who wants to stay as close to the beach as possible, James Island is for you. Although the options for fine dining are more limited than downtown, James Island is a short drive into the city and equally as close to Folly Beach.

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Whether you’re looking for a home in the heart of the action in Charleston or you’d prefer a more quaint, laidback lifestyle in the outskirts of the city, Dunes Properties will help you find the home of your dreams. Moving to historic downtown Charleston is a big decision—but one you won’t regret. The city is filled with culture, history and fantastic weather all year long. So, what are you waiting for? Browse our available properties and imagine yourself in your new, beautiful home.

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