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

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

Mount Pleasant

With the third largest population among the municipalities of Greater Charleston (5th in the state), Mount Pleasant is arguably the most popular bedroom community in South Carolina. With the major container ship facility at the Wando Port and tourism providing the bulk of its industry, most Greater Charlestonians would agree that the real business of… Read More

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… Read More

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