South Carolina

Charleston

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Real Estate In Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is an easy-going southern city with amazing sights, culture, food, events, nightlife, and more. Charleston is the largest city in the U.S state of South Carolina and the principal city in the Charleston-North Charleston metropolitan area. The city has become a top travel destination globally for tourists and people looking for a new place to live. Charleston has been named among the best cities to live in in the US because of its history, southern charm, hospitality, social amenities, and growing economy. If you want to enjoy that southern charm, there is always real estate for sale in Charleston, South Carolina, where you can find the best house for you.

History

During the Colonial era, King Charles II granted the chartered Province of Carolina to eight of his loyal friends known as the Lord Proprietors. Governor William Sayle arranged for settlers to live in the area known as Charles Town at Albemarle Point. Charles Town was never incorporated during the colonial era, and during this period, the settlers shared the area with the indigenous Cusabo. Around 1719, the town’s name began to be written as Charlestown and became the center for South Carolina's inland colonization. Early immigrants in the town were Germans, Irish, Jews, Scottish, and Huguenots, but most of the population were Black Africans brought to the town via the Atlantic slave trade. The capture of Charlestown was the main objective of the British during the American Revolution. The British continued to hold Charlestown until their defeat at Yorktown in 1781. Between the Revolutionary War and Civil War, Charleston experienced an economic boom through the sale of cotton. The Bank of South Carolina, the second-oldest bank in the US, was established in 1789, with the first and second branches opening in Charleston in 1800 and 1817. Charleston played a major role in the Civil War as both the Union and Confederate Armies wanted to control the town. The town was heavily damaged during the war, and reconstruction began after the Confederacy's defeat. Charleston's economic growth stalled during the 20th century, and the large federal military presence helped keep the city’s economy afloat. Between 1989 and 1996, Charleston saw two economic hits: Hurricane Hugo and the closure of Naval Base Charleston. Charleston was a majority-minority city for most of its history until the 1980’s when the majority of people in the town shifted from Black Americans to White. On June 17, 2018, the Charleston City Council issued an apology for its role in the slave trade. It also acknowledged the wrongs committed against African Americans by slavery and Jim Crow laws.

Things to do in Charleston

After buying real estate in Charleston, one of the things you should do is visit some of the historical sites and museums in the city. The city has preserved some of the homes of historical figures who played a huge role in the history of Charleston and South Carolina. One of the houses you can visit is the Nathaniel Russell House. This house belonged to Nathaniel Russel, a wealthy slave trader in 1808. You can visit the Charleston Museum to learn the history and heritage of Charleston and South Carolina.
You can visit the South Carolina Aquarium and see South Carolina’s native animals and plants. It is located at the Charleston Harbor; you can get a chance to see dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat. If you like engaging in outdoor activities, there are various parks where you can go camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. These parks include Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, James Island County Park, and Governor’s Park. You can also go shopping at the Charleston Farmers Market, dine at the husk restaurant, and drink at the French Quarter Inn.
If you love sports, then you can watch some of the professional minor league and amateur sports teams play in Charleston. Some of the sports venues in Charleston include Patriots Point Soccer Complex (home of Charleston Battery, a professional soccer team), North Charleston Coliseum (home of South Carolina Stingrays, a professional hockey team and Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park (home of Charleston RiverDogs, a Minor League Baseball team). Other venues that host different sports are Johnson Hagood Stadium, McAlister Field House, and Toronto Dominion Bank Arena.

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Location

Charleston is located on Charleston Harbor, near the middle of South Carolina’s coastline, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean that is formed by the meeting of the Cooper, Ashley, and Wando rivers. The city covers an area of 135.10 square miles, of which 114.76 square miles is land and 20.34 square miles are covered with water. The city is divided into six districts: Cainhoy Peninsula, Downtown, Johns Island, Daniel Island, James Island, and West Ashley.

Charleston demographics

According to the United States Census Bureau, 408,255 people and 163,411 households live in Charleston. Of the 163,411 households, there are 2.42 persons per household. Persons under five years are 5.7%, persons under 18 years are 19.4%, persons aged 65 years and above are 17.0%, and female persons are 51.7% of the population. The racial composition of Charleston is 65.2% White, 26.3% Black or African American, 5.3% Hispanic or Latino, 1.8% Asian, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and 1.7% two or more races. Most of the residents in Charleston prefer to own their houses, as 62.2% of the housing units in the city are owner-occupied. You can also find affordable real estate in Charleston because the median value of owner-occupied housing units is 334,600 USD.
Charleston’s main economic sectors are tourism, commercial shipping, and information technology. The city is a top tourist destination and has been ranked as the friendliest city by Travel and Leisure in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Tourism also supports other industries such as food and beverage, entertainment, accommodation, and transport. Charleston has two shipping terminals operated by the South Carolina Port Authority. The port is used to transfer cars and car parts for Charleston’s auto manufacturing businesses, such as Mercedes and Volvo. Notable companies doing business in Charleston include Greystar Real Estate Partners, Evening Post Industries, Blackbaud, and Boomtown, among others.

Arts in Charleston

Charleston has a cultural blend of traditional Southern U.S, English, French, and West African elements. Charleston annually hosts the Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day festival featuring over 100 performances by individual artists in various genres. Charleston's other festivals and events include the Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show, the Taste of Charleston, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, and the Charleston International Film Festival, among others. You can also watch live performances at the Dock Street Theatre and Sottile Theater.
Charleston has several historical buildings and museums that preserve and display the art and history of the city. They include the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Calhoun Mansion, the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Various books and films have been set in Charleston, such as Porgy, North and South, Glory, Swamp Thing, and The Lord of Discipline.

Arts in Charleston

Charleston has a cultural blend of traditional Southern U.S, English, French, and West African elements. Charleston annually hosts the Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day festival featuring over 100 performances by individual artists in various genres. Charleston's other festivals and events include the Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show, the Taste of Charleston, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, and the Charleston International Film Festival, among others. You can also watch live performances at the Dock Street Theatre and Sottile Theater.
Charleston has several historical buildings and museums that preserve and display the art and history of the city. They include the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Calhoun Mansion, the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Various books and films have been set in Charleston, such as Porgy, North and South, Glory, Swamp Thing, and The Lord of Discipline.

Arts in Charleston

Charleston has a cultural blend of traditional Southern U.S, English, French, and West African elements. Charleston annually hosts the Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day festival featuring over 100 performances by individual artists in various genres. Charleston's other festivals and events include the Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show, the Taste of Charleston, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, and the Charleston International Film Festival, among others. You can also watch live performances at the Dock Street Theatre and Sottile Theater.
Charleston has several historical buildings and museums that preserve and display the art and history of the city. They include the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Calhoun Mansion, the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Various books and films have been set in Charleston, such as Porgy, North and South, Glory, Swamp Thing, and The Lord of Discipline.

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