North Charleston

Even long-time locals are amazed when they are told or reminded that the city of North Charleston did not even exist before 1972.  With the scenic Ashley River on its western border and the sea-going Cooper River on the right, the city has annexed or redeveloped an extraordinary amount of prime real estate to quickly become the third most populous city in South Carolina (behind Columbia and Charleston).  Yet during that time, the city overcame one of the greatest challenges in the history of Greater Charleston. Until the mid 1990’s, the Charleston Naval Base was the largest employer in all of South Carolina, so when the Clinton Administration included the base in its historic post cold war base reduction plan, many experts predicted gloom and doom for the entire Greater Charleston region. But thanks to visionary planning and reasonable federal support, Mayor Keith Summey’s administration effected aggressive yet balanced growth in industry, tourism, and 21st century community development to prove the experts wrong and avert disaster.

In addition to continuing as the state’s leader in retail sales for 16 consecutive years, the city has developed a new city hub on a previously undeveloped tract of land at the intersection of I-26 and I-526 (the Mark Clark Expressway).  Named Centre Pointe, the new hub includes the 14,000 seat North Charleston Coliseum, the 2300 seat Performing Arts Center, the Embassy Suites/North Charleston Convention Center, numerous hotels, dozens of restaurants and a substantial retail park anchored by the smartly-designed Tanger Outlet Mall.  With the adjacent support of the Charleston International Airport and the still-thriving Charleston Air Force Base (both directly across I-526), Centre Pointe is already enjoying tremendous success by any measure. By 2010, the city expects to have more than 7000 hotel rooms within three miles of the already bustling new “uptown” of Greater Charleston. Also playing a major role in the recovery from a technological and industrial perspective is the city’s former and current partner, the US Navy. By 2004 the new Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (commonly called SPAWAR) became the largest civilian employer in the Greater Charleston area. With several landmark community developments including the Noisette Community Master Plan already under way, North Charleston is transforming right before our eyes.

North Charleston is also home to the CSS Hunley Submarine, and will also be home to the soon-to-be-built Hunley Museum.

In 2007 North Charleston’s population was estimated to be just over 91,000.

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Daniel Island

The third major section of the City of Charleston is the Peninsular Island across the Copper River named Daniel Island. Thanks to the Cooper River on the west and the Wando River to the east (both shipping ports), until the Mark Clark Expressway (I-526) was constructed in the early 90’s Daniel Island was literally cut off from the rest of Charleston, and even today it has the unique distinction as the only section of the City that is not contiguous with the rest of Charleston, nor is it a part of Charleston County.

Seabrook Island

Seabrook Island has got to be Greater Charleston’s most enigmatic community. It is a true resort community known best for being Kiawah Island’s next door neighbor and is one of the most internationally recognized Islands in South Carolina, yet it’s not even an island, and though it’s a fully guarded and gated community, it’s also… Read More

West Ashley

The part of the city on the West bank of the Ashley River is commonly called “West Ashley,” which is the City’s largest bedroom community and retail district and is home to the historic Ashley River plantation district. The West bank of the Ashley River is also the original birthplace of Charleston, as celebrated at… Read More

Johns Island

Located a 15 minute drive from downtown Charleston via West Ashley and over the Stono River lies Johns Island. This island is the second largest island on the eastern seaboard next to Long Island, NY. It can be described as the least developed land mass in the Charleston area. The locals of Johns Island are passionate… Read More

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