Mt. Pleasant Communities
Coined an “All American City” by the National Civic League, Mount Pleasant is a suburban oasis surrounded by the East Cooper River, Intracoastal Waterway, tidal creeks, and harbor estuaries. The town’s origin and historical presence during wartime parallels Charleston, with its first inhabitants representing several Native American tribes and its subsequent involvement in both the American Revolution and Civil Wars. Today, many of the neighborhoods, streets, and communities carry the namesake of various indigenous tribes represented in this region, and many visitors enjoy touring historical plantations and landmarks such as Boone Hall Plantation, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Scanlonville Cemetery, Alhambra Hall, Patriot’s Point, and the U.S. Gullah / Geechie Corridor, which includes several sweetgrass basket stands.
In addition to its historic heritage, saltwater surroundings and picturesque setting, Mt. Pleasant is a top choice for families relocating to the lowcountry because of its top tier public school system. Governed by Charleston County School District, the elementary, middle, and high school schools are all highly acclaimed for their academic focuses on specialities such as coastal environment, STEM, and fine arts. In fact, Wando High School consistently ranks as one of the top ten public schools in the state and the top 1,000 in the nation. The school offers numerous A.P. and dual enrollment courses as well as career and hobby specific electives such as fashion merchandising, sports marketing, entrepreneurship, photography, and videography to name a few. The weekly newscast, Tribe Talk, and the school newspaper, Tribal Tribune, regularly win national accolades for its professionalism and creativity. Apart from academics, Wando is well-known for its competitive athletic and music programs. In 2018, the marching band placed 6th in the nation in the 2018 competition, and the varsity sports teams have a combined 85 state titles.
From a real estate perspective, locals usually refer to their property as either north or south of the IOP (Isle of Palms Connector). Neighborhoods north of the IOP include Carolina Park, Charleston National, Park West, Rivertowne, and Dunes West to name a few. North Mt. Pleasant continues to grow with more commercialization and commerce, making it an attractive location for families who desire newer construction homes and suburbia lifestyle. Subdivisions south of the IOP include areas such as the Old Village, Snee Farm, Scott’s Creek, Molasses Creek, Seaside Farms, Belle Hall Plantation, Longpoint, Olde Park, Home Farm, and Hobcaw Creek. The established communities continue to increase in value as many residents relish the close proximity to downtown Charleston, Shem Creek, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms.
Over the past few decades, the Town of Mt. Pleasant has grown tremendously in popularity and, as a result, the real estate values have increased significantly. Presently, the city council has initiated smart growth strategies and conservation efforts to protect the town’s character, preserve its tidal marshes, and correct its traffic woes.