Best Places to Live in the Charleston Area From Movoto

These Are The 5 Best Places To Live Near Charleston

Whether you’re just tired of the hustle and bustle that comes with living in Charleston, you’re looking for more space to spread out, or you couldn’t find that perfect beachside cottage in the city, this list of the best places to live near Charleston will get you started.

We looked at data from the U.S. Census, AreaVibes, and business listings to find the top five. Let’s take a look at the winners.

1. Mount Pleasant

Source: The Town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Total crimes per 100k: 2,111

• Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent,

• Average commute time: 22 minutes

Mount Pleasant kicks off our list of the best suburbs of Charleston. This city is just across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge from downtown nightlife, shopping, and entertainment. Housing options range from quaint cottages near the water to condos with amenities on site. Though Mount Pleasant is just a quick drive away from Charleston, residents looking for shopping, dining, and nightlife won’t have to leave their neighborhood. Grab a bite to eat in a creative, lively local cafe like The Pickled Palate, have an upscale New American meal at chic Graze, or grab a drink and get to know your neighbors at sports and sushi bar, Locals Bar.

Outdoor enthusiasts can spend their days on the water at beautiful Memorial Waterfront Park. Residents also enjoy convenient shopping at the open air Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

2. Sullivan’s Island

Source: Poe’s Tavern via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Total crimes per 100k: 818

• Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent

If you can’t get enough of waterfront views, a condo in a turn of the century building or historic home on Sullivan’s Island is the perfect fit. Miles of beaches perfect for jogging, swimming, and water sports will satisfy any outdoor enthusiast.

Grab a bite at local burger bar, Poe’s Tavern, named after the author who once called the island home, or see live music at local bar and venue, The Windjammer.

With the lowest number of total crimes per 100k, Sullivan’s Island isn’t just one of the prettiest suburbs of Charleston; it’s also one of the safest.

3. Folly Beach

Source: Flickr user 22711505@N05

Key Stats:

• Unemployment rate: 5.1 percent

• Average commute time: 22 minutes

Folly Beach is another great suburb of Charleston for potential residents seeking waterfront views. Chic high rises and townhomes along the river are mixed in with oceanfront beach homes.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love walking, biking, and swimming at the scenic Folly Beach County Park’s trails and beaches, and fishing enthusiasts will flock to Folly Beach Fishing Pier.

There are a number of local eateries and bars along Folly Beach Road, including local favorites like Lost Dog Cafe, Rita’s Seaside Grille, and Black Magic Cafe, where foodies can get their fix.

4. Hanahan

Source: City of Hanahan via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Average commute time: 20 minutes

Located north of Charleston, the suburb of Hanahan may not be on the ocean, but Goose Creek Reservoir is a great spot for kayaking and bird watching. Mid-century homes on large lots give residents plenty of room to spread out.

Local eateries and bars like LG’s By the Creek provide a laid back, welcoming atmosphere for residents to relax over a good meal and drink.

Great schools like Hanahan Elementary School and Hanahan Middle School make Hanahan a good Charleston suburb for young families. Hanahan also has the lowest average commute time of any suburb we ranked, making it the perfect spot for those who work (or just love to play) in Charleston.

5. Summerville

Source: Town of Summerville, SC via Facebook

Key Stats:

• Total amenities: 3,758, the second most per capita

Summerville rounds out our list of the best places to live near Charleston with tons of amenities and attractive historic homes, from bungalows to turn of the century brick houses.

Arts and culture enthusiasts will enjoy Summerville’s public sculpture program, Sculpture in the South, or seeing a live show by the local Summerville Orchestra.

Foodies can get their fix at local restaurants like Myles and Jun Yakitori, which serves Japanese cuisine, or Perfectly Franks, which serves creative hot dogs.

The Summerville Country Club and The Club at Pine Forest provide the perfect spots to hit the links or get to know your new neighbors.

Our Methodology

To figure out which Charleston suburbs would make the cut, we took a look at the following criteria:

• Amenities per capita

• Standard of living (cost of living, median home value, median

rent, median household income, and high school graduation


• Total crimes per 100k • Unemployment rate

• Total crimes per 100k • Average commute time

After collecting data for each of the above categories, we ranked each suburb and averaged the scores. The suburbs with the five lowest overall scores made up our best places to live near Charleston.


June 5, 2017

Thoughts on online home search

As more and more home buyers find a house on line, some reports say as much as 88%, it creates a different need for a Real Estate Professional.  It is large leap from finding the house to moving into your home.  The steps from finding a house on line to the closing table and moving in includes:

1. Researching the property tax records, flood zone designation, sellers disclosures, and CMA (comparative market analysis) to determine if the property is right for you and if you are selling or buying at a price that make sense relative to the other homes in that market.

2. Coordinating the showings and a resource for the neighborhood and HOA information

3. Making an offer and negotiating with "the other side"  

4. Navigating the inspection and repair process

5. Helping with the lending when needed

6. Working with your attorney to get to closing.


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Questions to help buyers



There are some questions that we need answered before we can help you.  It's like going to the doctor and they ask you questions so they can better take care of you.  In Real Estate there are some questions that need to be answered before we can help you as well.

Are you already working with a real estate agent?

Is this your first home buying experience or have you bought a home before?

Are there any other homes you want to see?  

What is your time frame for buying?  Immediate, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year?

Are you ready to buy soon or just looking?  

Have you investigated financing and qualifying for a loan or are you planning to pay cash?

Do you have a home to sell before you buy your next home or are you renting?  
If renting, when does the lease expire?

It's important to know these things because I don't want you to "fall in love" with a home and then have it "scooped up" by a buyer who is prepared and ready to buy!  Does that make sense?

We look forward to hearing back from you. 

Your next step, call us at (843) 714-5165.

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March 2016 Charleston Housing Inventory Update





Inventory Keeps Charleston Residential Real Estate Market Tight; Prices And Sales

Continue Growth 


CHARLESTON, SC—(March 10, 2016) 1,088 homes sold in February in the region at a median price of $236,484 according to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR). In February 2015, 1,012 homes sold at a median price of $212,500. This data reflects a 7.5% increase in sales volume and 11% growth in median price, comparing last February to this February.

Year-to-date figures show 2,054 homes sold in 2016 at a median price of $227,750 in the region. Comparing 2015 figures to 2016 thus far, year-to-date sales volume has increased 7.6% and median price has grown by 7.7%.

Inventory has declined by 21% over the last 12-month period, with 5,055 homes listed as “active” for sale in the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS) as of March 10.


“The historically low level of inventory will continue to impact our market as we move toward the typically busy Spring buying season; inventory has steadily declined since May of last year.” said 2016 CTAR President, Michael Sally. “The pace of sales is still about double what we’d expect in a balanced market, median prices continue to climb at an unprecedented rate and we haven’t yet reached what’s typically the busiest part of the year” he continued. “We are hearing a lot about multiple offer situations as our area continues to enjoy the growth and development of our overall economy, but we need to ensure that, as a region, we are equipped to provide attainable and convenient housing for all Lowcountry residents” he said.

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What should I do to get ready?




One of the questions I am asked after a client decides to place their property on the market is, “What should I do to get ready?”  The first thing to remember is that we all have different tastes.  So don’t make a lot of major changes that might suit you but not the new buyers.  A buyer will make changes according to their own decorating preferences.


The key is to keep things simple.  The less clutter the better.  If things seem crowded, think about storing items or use this opportunity to make a donation to your favorite charitable foundation.  


Do make minor repairs such as leaky faucets.   


The overall first impression is most important to a prospective buyer. Outside, landscaping can make a dramatic difference.  Often something as simple as flowers lining a front walkway can make a more inviting entrance.


DON’T go to any great expense.  


One of the aspects of my assistance is that I can provide you with a list of qualified people to assist you in readying your property for sale.  The excellent team of painters, handymen, gardeners and cleaning services can assist you and often at special senior prices.


Let me take the worry out of preparing your property for sale.  I’ll help you organize the necessary work from start to finish, allowing you to concern yourself about more important things.  Call me at (843) 714-5165 or e-mail me at for a FREE consultation and specific information about my services.





Ken Barrack and Terry Linker

Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

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