Charleston, South Carolina, is regularly singled out as one of the nation’s top vacation destinations. In fact, Charleston is considered “the best small city in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler, “the number one city in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure, and “the South's top city” by Southern Living.
Five key characteristics to know about the city before relocating to Charleston
Charleston is bigger than you think
Charleston has ideal weather
Rain is abundant, too, though usually in the form of pop-up showers and thunderstorms that rarely result in a full day’s worth of rain. Days on the beach, out on the water, or walking the golf course are all possible at any point during the year, even during the city’s mild winter. If you're coming from a considerably colder climate, prepare to turn over your entire wardrobe within your first year. And if you’re not a fan of snow, you're moving to the right place. In the past 50 years, it’s only snowed a total of 28 inches, with 23 of those inches falling on five separate days in five different years.
Charleston offers a wide range of homes for sale
Historic Old Village: Small-town charm with a trendy vibe.
Mount Pleasant: Newer homes and walkability to excellent schools.
I'On: Master planning on a grand scale, with detailed, period architecture featuring wraparound porches and modern convenience, all within a self-contained village.
Olde Park: Urban estate living with a surprising level of privacy.
Sullivan's Island: Estate living meets beachfront community.
Isle of Palms: Life on the beach with easy access to daily golf.
Charleston is a coastal destination
Near Charleston homes for sale, there’s easy access to hiking, biking, horseback riding, and outdoor thrills like skydiving and zip-lining. On the water, there are plenty of options for boating, skiing, swimming with dolphins, and taking chartering trips to relax and fish the region's abundant coastline. And of course, there are also public beaches, parks, preserves, and golf courses. The area’s golf courses are world-renowned, including some of the game’s most demanding and celebrated layouts.
Charleston is a historic American city
Originally founded in 1670, Charleston is unofficially the eighth-oldest city in the US — and a stroll through any number of the city’s historical districts reveals this window into the past. From the famous 13 pastel-painted Colonial homes of Rainbow Row to the 220-year-old Charleston City Market to Fort Sumter at the Mouth of Charleston Harbor — Charleston is a monument to the American past.
The city goes to great lengths to document everything that’s come before — including its sordid role in the West African slave trade — and to preserve both the city and its lessons for future generations to understand. Charleston's “museum mile” features 20 different museums. There's also an abundance of parks, monuments, and landmarks (on and off the water). No matter where you walk, you'll encounter artifacts and reminders of the past. What's more impressive is just how well-preserved the city is, even though its many monuments are exposed to the salty elements of a seaside city.
And overall, Charleston’s hundreds of years of history have resulted in an exquisite local culture, with unique cuisine, music, architecture, and a kaleidoscopic art scene. These attributes are the lifeblood of the city and what makes it a great American city for owning real estate and investing in the future.