From the shores of Charleston Harbor whipping against The Battery, to the neat rowhouses of the French Quarter, to the tree-lined streets of Charleston Single houses in Harleston Village – tourists flock to Charleston by the millions to experience, of all things, our residential neighborhoods.
Carefully planned and meticulously preserved, our downtown is truly a sight to behold. However, we do not live in a monolithic museum – just the opposite, the vibe of the historic district is vibrant, full of life and activity.
Each borough on the peninsula boasts its own character and flavor – quite literally in both culture and cuisine. Frankly there is too much to compress into a single webpage, though I’ll do my best.
The Communities of Historic Downtown
If you’ve been to olde Europe, this will look familiar. As the business district of provincial Charlestowne, the French Quarter feels pre-Revolutionary urban.
Bricked and stuccoed rows of 18-19th century attached buildings, most with shops on the street level, many with condo apartments above.
Visualize exposed brick and 300 year old wood floors, and the ambiance of southern city life seeping through every open window.
Walkable to Waterfront Park, a daily experience that will soothe your soul.
South of Broad
Swanky and cultured, SoB is hands down the most sought after neighborhood in historic Charleston.
Its south end is the tip of the peninsula overlooking all of Charleston Harbor and fortified by The Battery; from the pre-Revolutionary homes on the eastern shore one can travel through time and reach 1920s Colonials on the western shore during a 30 minute walk.
The grand mansions along East and South Battery Streets are the stuff of antebellum fever dreams.
Think garden parties and canapés – everything you’ve read about Old Charleston is real. And FYI, it’s not all stuffy grandmotherly affairs; quite the scandal can occur in its confines.
King Street/Meeting Street Corridor
The 19th century Charleston version of suburban utopia – which was generally long, narrow lots with long narrow homes. Exquisite grand oak trees line the flower-laden streets. Full historic credentials while also living closer to the action on King Street.
Anchored by in the in-town park of Colonial Lake, Harleston Village boasts the blend of many great factors: sizable historic homes, proximity to shops and restaurants, integrated with parks and such, with also a smattering of newer homes and some exciting developments.
Often a favorite for those associated with the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina due its abutment of both those campuses.