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Charleston

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Charleston, No Longer Just for Retirement

There is something about a historical, charming, southern, coastal city that will leave you feeling like you are on cloud 9. Charleston, South Carolina real estate is growing fast because the secret is out about what an incredible place it is to call home. What was once seen as just a vacation or retirement destination has attracted many young professionals and families over the last few years, and expanded what “Chucktown'' has to offer residents. With cobblestone streets, iron gates, big front porches, and even bigger oak trees, you can see why this is a popular expanding city.

History

There are few American cities with as much history as Charleston. And one of the coolest things, is Charleston has been revered for its commitment to historic conservation. This means, with Charleston, South Carolina real estate, you get to breathe in decades or preserved history in your backyard. After being settled in 1670 and called Charles Town, the city was quickly a commercial leader of rice, indigo and cotton. It was in 1783 that it was reincorporated as Charleston. Briefly, it was the capital of South Carolina, though that was moved to Columbia. This is the city where the Revolutionary War started and ended in the 1780s. Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. And during the Cold War, Charleston played an important part with a naval shipyard, naval station, naval supply and distribution. During WW2, it was a major trade hub. An additional memorable time is the 1718 historic pirate hangings that took place at White Point. All of these moments make Charleston a popular place for ghost and history tours today. Many people refer to Charleston as “The Holy City” because here you will not see a skyline full of skyscrapers. Instead, you will enjoy a skyline populated with church steeples that once guided ships captains to their destination.

Things to do in Charleston

It is hard to get bored when you have Charleston, South Carolina real estate. Here, you can take a ghost tour one day, eat the finest southern grits the next, and wrap up the week watching the best of surfing on Folly Beach.


Eat & Drink

One thing Charleston knows how to do is make mouth-watering food from around the world. Charleston is home to two culinary schools and the restaurant options show it. You will not run out of new places to try and new favorites to take your friends to. You also will not want to miss the Charleston Wine and Food Fest or the weekly farmer’s markets.

Attractions

When it comes to attractions and activities, you can find that here too. Places like the Charleston Aquarium, Waterfront Park, and the riverboat vessels bring fun and action. Charles Towne Landing is the preservation of the first English settlement in South Carolina. It is also home to the zoo, trails, replicas, and more.

History

If you are looking to dig into history, you will want to add the Aiken Rhett House Museum, Fort Sumter National Museum, the Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Charleston International Antique Show, The Battery, and the Hunley Submarine to your to-see list.

Nightlife

For those who love a good nightlife, you will find that here too. Not only can you find bars, clubs, and venues downtown, but there are also unique atmospheres in the Upper King area and the beach neighborhoods.



Outdoors
With over 90 miles of shoreline, of course you cannot overlook the options to enjoy beaches. Folly Beach, known for waves and entertainment, is also called “The Edge of America.” Kiawah Island is where everyone goes for championship golf courses. The Isle of Palms is family-friendly and perfect for your beach chairs and sandcastles. And, Seabook Island is home to private camps, golfing, and marinas.


To soak up even more of the great outdoors, Angel Oak on John’s Island is home to a 66 ½ foot round oak tree that you must see. There are walkable city parks filled with oaks covered in Spanish moss. And yes, Cypress Gardens is where remarkable parts of The Notebook were filled and look just as magical today. For a relaxing afternoon, grab your drinks and snacks for a float down the Edisto River.

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Location

When looking at Charleston, South Carolina real estate, you are getting yourself to one of the most beautiful coastlines on the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston is at the eastern edge of central South Carolina. There is a reason the NOAA national Climatic Data Center names Charleston as having one of the most favorable climates in the country. The location means that the climate boasts a winter average temperature of 50 degrees, a summer average temperature of 80 degrees and spring and fall average temperatures in the mid-60s. Additionally, many people like the proximity to other major cities such as Atlanta, Washington DC, and Savannah.

Charleston demographics

The 2020 census found there are 150,227 residents of Charleston. The 2020 median house income was $72,071. In 2021, the average cost for a home through Charleston, South Carolina real estate was $486,865. In the city, 73.9% of residents are White, 20.8% are Black or African American and 3.6% are Hispanic or Latino.

Arts in Charleston

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Art


If you love staying busy with the arts, theater, and music, you will find endless opportunities to enjoy. In Charleston, South Carolina, real estate gets you near festivals, museums, galleries, and performances. Every year, residents flood the streets for the Spoleto Festival USA. Started in 1977 to honor the companion to Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, the festival brings together artists and performers from all over the world. For those who appreciate more of a local flare, the Piccolo Spoleto highlights local artists and performers and is budget-friendly for the family.

Other notable festivals include the Moja Arts Festival, the African & Caribbean Art Festival, Charleston Fashion Week, and the Charleston International Film Festival. To drop in and check out local art, regular stops at Charleston City Market will keep you up to date.

Music & Theater

To have music in your ears on a relaxing evening, you will enjoy Charleston Music Hall, Palmetto Brewing, The Royal American, Tin Roof, or Music Farm. Charleston is also home to a Symphony orchestra and the eclectic Forte Jazz Lounge where metropolitan meets the slow-paced south.

To enjoy theater and other entertainment, you are in luck with Charleston, South Carolina real estate. Not only can you catch broadway hits, but you can also have a unique night out with Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater, The Footlight Players at the historic and beautiful Queen Street Playhouse, The Dock Street theater (where president Lincoln attended shows), or the Holy City Magic. For sports, hit the numerous luscious golf courses overlooking the ocean, or catch a Riverdogs Baseball game.

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Arts in Charleston

Art


If you love staying busy with the arts, theater, and music, you will find endless opportunities to enjoy. In Charleston, South Carolina, real estate gets you near festivals, museums, galleries, and performances. Every year, residents flood the streets for the Spoleto Festival USA. Started in 1977 to honor the companion to Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, the festival brings together artists and performers from all over the world. For those who appreciate more of a local flare, the Piccolo Spoleto highlights local artists and performers and is budget-friendly for the family.

Other notable festivals include the Moja Arts Festival, the African & Caribbean Art Festival, Charleston Fashion Week, and the Charleston International Film Festival. To drop in and check out local art, regular stops at Charleston City Market will keep you up to date.

Music & Theater

To have music in your ears on a relaxing evening, you will enjoy Charleston Music Hall, Palmetto Brewing, The Royal American, Tin Roof, or Music Farm. Charleston is also home to a Symphony orchestra and the eclectic Forte Jazz Lounge where metropolitan meets the slow-paced south.

To enjoy theater and other entertainment, you are in luck with Charleston, South Carolina real estate. Not only can you catch broadway hits, but you can also have a unique night out with Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater, The Footlight Players at the historic and beautiful Queen Street Playhouse, The Dock Street theater (where president Lincoln attended shows), or the Holy City Magic. For sports, hit the numerous luscious golf courses overlooking the ocean, or catch a Riverdogs Baseball game.

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Arts in Charleston

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Art


If you love staying busy with the arts, theater, and music, you will find endless opportunities to enjoy. In Charleston, South Carolina, real estate gets you near festivals, museums, galleries, and performances. Every year, residents flood the streets for the Spoleto Festival USA. Started in 1977 to honor the companion to Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, the festival brings together artists and performers from all over the world. For those who appreciate more of a local flare, the Piccolo Spoleto highlights local artists and performers and is budget-friendly for the family.

Other notable festivals include the Moja Arts Festival, the African & Caribbean Art Festival, Charleston Fashion Week, and the Charleston International Film Festival. To drop in and check out local art, regular stops at Charleston City Market will keep you up to date.

Music & Theater

To have music in your ears on a relaxing evening, you will enjoy Charleston Music Hall, Palmetto Brewing, The Royal American, Tin Roof, or Music Farm. Charleston is also home to a Symphony orchestra and the eclectic Forte Jazz Lounge where metropolitan meets the slow-paced south.

To enjoy theater and other entertainment, you are in luck with Charleston, South Carolina real estate. Not only can you catch broadway hits, but you can also have a unique night out with Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater, The Footlight Players at the historic and beautiful Queen Street Playhouse, The Dock Street theater (where president Lincoln attended shows), or the Holy City Magic. For sports, hit the numerous luscious golf courses overlooking the ocean, or catch a Riverdogs Baseball game.

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