Welcome to Charleston, home of sweet tea and Southern hospitality! Whether you are moving to Charleston for business opportunities, education, retirement or recreation, you will not be disappointed in the area's unique charm, culture, history, scenic beauty and cuisine. With moss-laden oaks and wrought-iron gates, the sweet lofting smell of magnolias and gardenias, cultural diversity and rich history, it is easy to see how so many people have fallen in love with the Lowcountry.
When you start your house hunt, our easy-to-use online Charleston Real Estate MLS Guide will help you find your dream home. You will be able to search up-to-date MLS listings for Charleston and its surrounding areas and find useful relocation information.
Charleston has the best of both worlds: the old and the new. In the Tri-County area, which consists of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, miles of unspoiled coastline, salt marsh estuaries and pristine river systems provide an unparalleled natural backdrop for stately historic buildings and plantation homes. You will also find many picturesque, established neighborhoods with peaceful streets and top rated schools, along with highly sought-after communities that offer amenities such as walking trails, play parks, dog parks, club houses, pavilions, fire pits, neighborhood pools and more.
Accordingly, real estate choices are seemingly endless when it comes to the type of abode you can choose from -- select a stunning "French Quarter" penthouse overlooking the Charleston Harbor, an English cottage along the Intracoastal Waterways, a luxury condominium located South of Broad, an island home with views of the ocean all the way to the horizon or a beautifully crafted Charleston single-style home located in an amenity-rich, family-friendly community. There are homes that overlook winding tidal creeks and perfectly manicured golf courses, or elevated beach homes and entrancing cottages along the beautiful barrier islands. Charleston homes feature elegance, quality, craftsmanship and heritage. Conveniently, all of this is located within close proximity to shopping, dining and the interstate.
If warmer weather is what you prefer, Charleston's winters rarely drop below freezing, with an average high in the 50's. Summers are hot and humid but, with the city's proximity to water, there are endless ways to keep cool and enjoy the muggier months. For the outdoor enthusiast, you have your choice of fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, surfing, biking or hiking. If history is your favorite subject, Charleston has plenty to teach with its nearly 350 years and 97 properties on the National Register of Historic Places -- from historic buildings to Fort Sumter, the place where the Civil War began. If your right brain is in need of a creative boost, this culturally rich city has theater, a professional ballet and symphony orchestra, museums, galleries and local art shops. Or, hey, why not feed your inner food lover with some of the best seafood and Southern food around? Or enjoy a deliciously refreshing drink overlooking the city at any one of Charleston's numerous rooftop bars? And, of course, you can always soothe your inner shopaholic by visiting Charleston's stylish retail sectors, specialty shops and boutiques, where you can fill up your shopping bags with unique finds, antiques, art and the latest fashion trends. With its beautiful weather year-round (not to mention the irresistible beaches, nature-inspired activities, history, art scene, award-winning restaurants and shopping), what's not to love about Charleston?
But if you need yet another reason to plant roots in this storied city, consider that Southern hospitality exists in spades here. Charlestonians tend to cheerily smile at strangers on the street and are known for making visitors feel right at home with their gracious charm. It's this natural affability that earned Charleston the titles of Friendliest and Most Mannerly City, according to Conde Nast Traveler and, according to Southern Living Magazine, "the most polite and hospitable city in America." Whether it's welcoming you into their homes for a glass of sweet tea, treating you like family or simply offering you directions if you're lost on some old back road, Charlstonians' kindness and pleasantries are second-to-none. Even as the city grows, Southern hospitality lives on. Move here, and it won't be long before you too will be saying, "Welcome y'all!"
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