— West Ashley —
The first midcentury era suburb of Charleston developed around the landing of the Ashley River Bridge beginning in the 1920s. West Ashley is bound the Ashley River and Stono River, graced with many waterfront homes and stately residences, as well as neighborhoods of modest cottages and lovely ranch homes. Expansion of West Ashley has also led to many large subdivisions throughout the ensuing decades.
As the growth of Charleston west of the Ashley developed over time, a number of village centers have sprouted. However much of that growth did occur during an era of automobile-centered urban planning, leading to car dependency and poor walkability in some areas. An initiative from the City of Charleston has aimed to reform much of West Ashley by establishing and expanding village centers and pedestrian/bicycle paths with an eye on improving walkability around its many charming neighborhoods.
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Why We Love It
Meeting friends for a mimosa-forward brunch at Triangle in Avondale. Bicycling under the shade canopy of the West Ashley Bikeway to its pier into the Ashley River. Gathering at the rooftop Harborview Restaurant to watch the whole city come alive.
Boating under the Ashley River Bridge into the Stono Cut through the waterfront homes in both West Ashley and James Island. Afternoon cocktails while observing the waterfowl in the mashes and waterways.
Watching the sun set behind the grand live oak trees swooping over the Ashley River. An elegant Italian dinner at Al Di La in Avondale, with after dinner cocktails at Caroline’s and Pearlz Oyster Bar.