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 the Charlestowne Landing State Park. A drive up Ashley River Road (Hwy. 61) is an absolute must see, as the narrow oak canopied highway is the same path that George Washington and other heroes of American history used to ride into town. The Road is also the only access to the Drayton Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation and Audubon Gardens, as well as Middleton Place (just over the border with Summerville) and it is known by locals as the “back road” to Summerville. West Ashley is home to West Ashley High School and several notable private schools including the prestigious Porter Gaud School. The expanded portion of Charleston found “West of the Ashley” also includes the state’s largest island, Johns Island (a third of which is within Charleston’s city limits), and a large portion of James Island. West of the Ashley is also your path to Folly Beach, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and further on to Beaufort and Savannah, GA. If your interested in getting a feel for the lay of the land, “Maps” in the menu bar will help you better understand Charleston and its intricate puzzle of islands and rivers.

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Folly Beach

Folly Beach is definitely the life of the party. Locals call it simply “Folly” or “The Edge” (referring to Folly’s nickname “Edge of America”) and it’s widely recognized as home to the most laid back beach community on the East Coast. You’ll think Jimmy Buffet must be somewhere having a margarita in this Key West… Read More

Kiawah Island

Both a town and a private resort community, Kiawah Island is quite simply the most highly regarded of all the resort islands of the South Carolina coast, and by offering 5 different award winning golf courses across the pristine island – an island that boasts the largest stretch of ocean front of all the Greater… Read More


Positioned at the northwestern edge of Greater Charleston along the west side of I-26, Summerville is a cornerstone of the North Area of Greater Charleston, and is the purest example of “small town America” in the South Carolina lowcountry. Known best as Flowertown USA, Summerville boasts stunning public azalea gardens, rolling landscapes, atypical roadways, and… Read More

Sullivan’s Island

In a region where coastal living and American history are the hallmarks, Sullivan’s Island is easily the compelling of all the islands of Greater Charleston. For locals, there are no finer beaches than those on Sullivan’s (aka Sully’s or Sully’s I). The views and angles are spectacular, the sands are white and broad, and the… Read More

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