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A short skip over the Ashley River Bridge land you in Avondale. A beautiful and inviting postwar suburb features smaller homes with lovely yards and beautiful oak trees. The business district on Highway 17 South creates a lively heart beat for the area. In recent years a revitalization has attracted some of Charleston’s hippest shops and bistros, as well as beloved watering holes. Best thing about Avondale: restaurants, bars, and great shops. Worst thing about Avondale: the parking problems generated by the popularity of the bars, restaurants and great shops.
Cross the Ashley River from Downtown Charleston and the first neighborhood you come to is Byrnes Down. One of the most desirable neighborhoods in West Ashley, Byrnes Down is popular for several reasons: first, location, so convenient to MUSC and downtown Charleston, Byrnes Down has been a favorite of the medical community for years. It is also ideal for walking to shops in the Avondale and South Windemere commercial areas. Byrnes Down is an excellent spot to find a 1940’s brick home with a nice yard, an oak tree and a 5 minute commute. Hop over to Avondale Wine and Cheese or Earth Fare, for some dinner, stop by the library for a book, pick up some antiques, all in an easy walk from the lovely homes in Byrnes Down.
West Ashley neighborhood just south of the Avonale shopping district, Carolina Terrace is a lovely neighborhood with tree lined streets, and lots of medium sized starter homes on lots big enough for a nice garden and a swing set. This popular family neighborhood is located in an easy stroll to the fabulous shops and restaurants of Avondale. The neighborhood is also just across highway 17 from the new and improved St. Andrews shopping center with a fancy new Harris Teeter and Stienmart, West Marine, Pet Smart and a number of fast food options. Best of all, Carolina Terrace is another one of those incredibly close in neighborhoods, just a jump across the bridge from downtown Charleston. With that kind of proximity and the Charleston population and popularity increasing exponentially,it’s a safe bet investing here!
Great neighborhood in West Ashley with equidistance between the Cosgrove Bridge to North Charleston and Downtown Charleston. Lenevar and other neighborhoods along the Charlestowne Rd are made up of mostly 50s 60s and 70s brick ranch homes on large lots with nice neighbors. The close proximity to Citadel Mall, and the shops at the intersection of Sam Rittenberg and Hwy 61 such as Barnes and Noble and Total Wine make this neighborhood ultra convenient. The popularity has increased recently as older residents pass down homes to young couples and families seeking the convenience of the location and the neigborhood feel.
At the banks of the Ashley River, approaching the Cosgrove bridge, is the West Ashley Neighborhood of Parkshore. The well kept neighborhood is privately set among mature oaks with a one way in and out entrance. Nice 1960-90s era homes, most with second stories and large manicured yards give an upscale feel. The views of the Ashley add value along with the extremely convenient location.
Anchored by the popular Earth Fare Grocery Store, the Windemere Shopping Center is the focal point of this really great neighborhood. Just across the bridge from downtown Charleston, the many great businesses to walk to, the adorable School of Math and Sciences, and the wonderful mid century homes make this neighborhood a must see. It is perfectly located for easy in and out of downtown as well as a hop across the Wappoo Cut Bridge and down Folly Rd. to the beach. The neighborhood is also popular for parents of students attending Porter Gaud School. A great place to check out 50s architecture and of course some of the homes are marsh front and others have deep water views of the Wappoo Cut.
Features sublime examples of stately greek revival masonry homes with walled lots, ornate wrought iron gates, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Convenient walk to the bars, restaurants and shopping of the historic market aka tourist central. Also close to the Gaillard Auditorium and the water front parks, shopping, movie theatre and museums of Charleston’s Aquarium Warf. Nationally-recognized as a model for historic preservation and rehabilitation in the 1960’s, Ansonborough today is like a time warp transporting it’s inhabitants and visitors to a bygone era.
These two boroughs, which formed in the years following the Civil War, feature some of Charleston’s elaborate victorian architecture. The neighborhood was populated in the late 1800’s by the cities merchants and still maintains a delicate blend of commercial and residential properties. This true “live work” neighborhood is home to some of the town’s best small businesses. James Beard award winning chefs and well known artisans populate street level commercial space, some even living in the residence above. Professors and students from College of Charleston and the Medical University call the two boroughs home. The nightlife of upper King attracts young professionals and the infill developments of Midtown and Morris Square with their sleek modern architecture is a welcome alternative to vintage historic buildings. To browse the local businesses further online check out www.gocebo.com.Learn More
Along the banks of the Cooper River lies Charleston’s downtown East Side Neighborhood. Despite the recent Post & Courier article which referred to the “gritty streets of Charleston’s East Side” as the city’s “underbelly”,there is wonderful optimism here. Populated by the same architecture, harbor breezes and proximity to all the good things in life, there is no reason to doubt that Charleston’s East Side is up and coming. The Ravenel Bridge that spans the Cooper River is a major attraction, with the new pedestrian friendly lane, East side residents enjoy the best view of the City from this 2.7 mile walk or bike ride.Great neighborhood in West Ashley with equidistance between the Cosgrove Bridge to North Charleston and Downtown Charleston. Lenevar and other neighborhoods along the Charlestowne Rd are made up of mostly 50s 60s and 70s brick ranch homes on large lots with nice neighbors. The close proximity to Citadel Mall, and the shops at the intersection of Sam Rittenberg and Hwy 61 such as Barnes and Noble and Total Wine make this neighborhood ultra convenient. The popularity has increased recently as older residents pass down homes to young couples and families seeking the convenience of the location and the neigborhood feel.Learn More
Named after the famous sector of Paris that it resembles, the french quarter was once one of the seediest red light districts in Charleston. With an elbow against the docks of the historic port wharf of Charleston, the area was inundated with sailors and travelers as recently as the 1960s. Today the area is picture perfect and bustling with tourism. Top notch boutiques, art galleries and restaurants mingle with trinket shops and ice cream stands. Horse drawn carriages jostle and sway to avoid tour busses. Professionals scurry to posh office buildings. After sundown merry making begins in the many upscale and low scale food and beverage establishments. This is an ideal location for a pied a terre in a historic warehouse down a cobblestone lane that catches harbor breezes.
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