Charleston is a large coastal city and the county seat of Charleston County, South Carolina. It is the largest and oldest city in the state and has over 40 neighborhoods. It is the largest and main anchor city of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area. The city is located on Charleston Harbor at the junction of three rivers, the Ashley, Cooper and the Wando. The city is well known for its historic architecture and southern hospitality. The city features six distinct districts or areas and numerous neighborhoods, sub-neighborhoods and sub-divisions. The six districts are Downtown, West Ashley, Johns Island, James Island, Cainhoy Peninsula and Daniel Island. The city has a mayor/council form of city government and a humid subtropical climate featuring mild winters and hot humid summers. The city has a unique atmosphere with both big city influences and cozy college town traits. Over 50% of adults in Charleston have four-degrees or more, which is more than twice the educational average for U.S. communities. It is a wonderfully diverse community in terms or race, ethnicity, age, religion and any other categories you wish to explore. Common ancestries among residents include Irish, English, Italian and Scottish. English remains the primary written and spoken language in the city, followed by Spanish, French and Gullah.
The city was named in honor of King Charles of England and was first known as Charles Town. Settlement of the area began in the 1670s and the oldest known stone building in the city is the Pink House, which was built from Bermudian limestone sometime between 1694 and 1712. In its early years, the towns economic base rested on pine timber, pitch and tobacco. Later rice and indigo also became popular cash crops. The town’s name was officially changed to Charleston in 1783 when it was officially incorporated. In 2016, the population was approximately 137,539 and the estimated median household income was $39,960. In the same year, the mean home price was $470,219 and the median gross rent was $1,126. Today the thriving city is a predominantly white-collar community that spans 127.5 square miles of beautiful coastal landscape.
It is a nautical city with a rich history linked to the Atlantic Ocean and the birth of our nation. It features gorgeous ocean views, and a plethora of waterfront amenities and activities. The city offers countless opportunities for education, entertainment and employment. It has a vast array of museums, galleries and historic sites to explore, as well as almost 30 parks with a variety of amenities ranging from playgrounds and benches through extensive gardens, pathways and a variety of sports fields and courts. Public transportation options like local bus services make commuting a breeze. Homes for sale come in a variety of sizes and styles to suit the needs of potential buyers. Other real estate options include apartments, condominiums, villas and more for sale, lease or rent. To begin your home search in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, call local real estate agent and expert The Real Buyer’s Agent at 843-606-0824 today.
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