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 15, 2018

TRAKZ real estate LLC

For Immediate Release:  Ken Barrack is now a licensed Broker in Charge and the Broker in Charge of TRAKZ real estate LLC.  Ken and Terry have taken their skill, knowledge, and expertise to develop a boutique real estate agency serving the greater Charleston Trident area.  You can expect personal service from us and we see you through the home buying or selling process from start to finish.  NO team "hand off" at our office.  We personally take you through the process from start to finish and look forward to working with you.

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 26, 2017

Oct 2017 Market Quick Facts


Housing Supply Overview


From the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®

October 2017

Quick Facts

Supply will dip for the remainder of the year, but there are some hopeful signs that we may see a bump in the new year. To say that more inventory will immediately impact housing markets is premature, especially if affordability continues to drop and prices continue to rise. For the 12- month period spanning November 2016 through October 2017, Pending Sales in the Charleston-Trident region were up 6.5 percent overall. The price range with the largest gain in sales was the $200,001 to $300,000 range, where they increased 14.8 percent.

The overall Median Sales Price were up 4.1 percent to $249,900. The property type with the largest price gain was the Condos segment, where prices increased 6.5 percent to $200,000. The price range that tended to sell the quickest was the $150,001 to $200,000 range at 36 days; the price range that tended to sell the slowest was the $300,001 and Above range at 79 days.

Market-wide, inventory levels were down 11.0 percent. The property type that lost the least inventory was the Single Family segment, where it decreased 9.1 percent. That amounts to 3.5 months supply for Single- Family homes and 3.0 months supply for Condos.

Posted in Real Estate News
Aug. 12, 2017

Accredited Buyer's Representative Designation

Posted in Certificates
Aug. 12, 2017

Resort and Second Home Property Specialist


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August 12, 2017

Mount Pleasant – Ken Barrack with Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® has been awarded the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification.  The RSPS Certification is a nationally-recognized certification awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® to real estate professionals who wish to demonstrate and promote – to consumers and their peers alike – their expertise in the resort and second home specialty.

Ken joins more than 1,600 real estate professionals who have earned the RSPS certification.  REALTORS® who receive the RSPS certification have successfully completed the Resort & Second-Home Markets Course along with three webinars in the field of resort and second home real estate.  He now joins other real estate professionals who specialize in buying, selling, or managing second homes in a resort, recreational, and/or vacation destination and properties for investment, development, or retirement.

 “The RSPS certification program offers one of the most powerful networking opportunities,” said David Biechele, 2013 chair of the NAR’s Resort and Second Home Real Estate Committee and an RSPS. “You will connect with agents across the country and share your local knowledge to attain referrals.  In the process you will educate yourself above your competitors by attaining insight of other second home and resort areas in the United States and abroad.  You can connect through the many social media sites or in person at the Resort and Second Home Networking Reception.”

REALTORS or consumers interested in learning more about the program may log on to or contact NAR Resort Specialties at 800/874-6500, Ext. 8268.

Posted in Community News
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.


"It's not about finding the house, It's about moving into the house"

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June 5, 2017

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April 10, 2017

Attracting Online Consumers: Listings and Syndication

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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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