There’s no denying that Charleston is a wonderful place to live, work, and visit. For the past few years, publication after publication have named Charleston things like “Best City in the US,” one of “The South’s Friendliest Cities,” and one of “The Best Cities to Retire to in the US.” With accolades like those, it’s no wonder the real estate market is booming in The Holy City! Since many of our agents have been living in Charleston for decades (or even their whole lives!), we wanted to give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like living in Charleston.
Exploring the Charm of Living in Charleston
Small City Feel, Big City AmenitiesCharleston oozes with the small town charm of yore that so many people yearn for. Neighbors know each other by name, people are kind to strangers, and things move at a slower pace than in the city. That’s a wonderful feeling for those raising a family or looking to retire in an idyllic setting. But Charleston also has a number of city perks, such as a state-of-the-art concert venue, a lively arts and cultural scene, an international airport, and plenty of visiting celebrities. It’s the best of both worlds!
Award-Winning Chefs, Restaurants, and MixologistsThe culinary scene in Charleston is on par with that of New York City or L.A., in that its restaurants and bars are constantly bringing home accolades--12 of which are James Beard Award winners, not to mention all the nominees--from both near and far. In addition to critical success, Charleston’s best restaurants are extremely popular with locals and tourists, and many spots will be just as packed on a Monday night as on a Friday night. Whether you’re craving shrimp and grits, sushi, pizza, or even pierogies, Charleston has a restaurant ready to tickle your taste buds!
A Rich Living HistoryCharleston was established in 1670, so it’s been through a lot: British rule, the struggle for American independence, the birth of a new nation, the war between the states, civil rights, and the recent Charleston 9 tragedy. As frequently painful as Charleston’s history can be, there’s no denying its importance and depth. The downtown Charleston Historic District is home to buildings, homes, and features that are hundreds of years old. The downtown Charleston real estate in the historic district is highly sought after because of its convenience of living (easily walk to shops and restaurants) and high investment potential. From Fort Sumter to the Angel Oak tree, living in Charleston is like being immersed in history every single day.
Plentiful Outdoor ActivitiesCharleston is ideally located for a number of outdoor recreation opportunities. Its proximity to the ocean and Intracoastal waterways are perfect for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, and boating. It also contains enough green space for a number of golf courses, equestrian stables, and many parks and playing fields. Those looking for more extreme sports will find trampoline gyms, zip lines, adventure ropes courses, and other activities to get one’s blood pumping. One thing’s for sure: there’s no shortage of things to do in Charleston!
Looking for Charleston homes for sale? Whether you’re looking to move to Charleston full-time or trying to establish an investment property in one of the fastest growing cities in the country, our Charleston real estate agents are here to help you every step of the way!