Charleston SC Communities

The Greater Charleston, SC Metro Area is comprised of three counties - Charleston County, Berkeley County, Dorchester County. The rapid expansion of The City of Charleston since the 1960s further complicates what constitutes “Charleston.” Charleston city limits now encompass approximately 104 square miles with its northern boundary formed by the Francis Marion National Forest and ending at Wadmalaw Island.
The expression, “real estate is a local thing” could not be more true regarding Charleston. Very generally speaking, the greater Charleston area can be divided into “Close to Downtown Charleston and/or the beach,” “Suburban Charleston” and the “North Area.”

To find real estate close to Downtown Charleston and the beach search the following MLS areas: Mount Pleasant, James Island, Johns Island, Daniel Island and West Ashley.

Charleston Suburbs

Charleston's “North Area” is comprised of towns or cities not bordering the Charleston Peninsula which are often within Charleston City limits, Charleston County or are close enough to Downtown Charleston to be referred to as “Charleston.” Though not much further from Downtown Charleston or beaches real estate prices in Summerville, North Charleston, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Ladson, Awendaw, McClellanville are generally more affordable.

Beach Communities Near Charleston

If you’re willing to pay a premium for homes on the beach or island be specific, the Charleston area has 7 beaches: Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Wild Dunes, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Edisto Island.

Charleston, SC real estate is all about location. Charleston was discovered because of its superb natural harbor; the trade winds and Gulf Stream basically pushed explorers and merchants into its welcoming channel. Charleston’s location made it the battlefield of countless military and political struggles. The vibrant Charleston SC real estate market stands out from the vast majority of other cities’ economies like the Charleston Peninsula itself thanks to its location, location, location.