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Waterfront Areas to Live In Surrounding Charleston, South Carolina

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By : Mike Ciucci    99 or more times read
There are a number of different waterfront areas to live in that are surrounding Charleston, SC. Living on the coast, we have numerous opportunities to live on the ocean, the Charleston Harbor, the many tidal creeks and estuaries, as well as the abundant lakes and ponds that we have here. One of the more popular searches for those looking to purchase a home here is whether the property is on the water, and if it is navigable by boat.

If you're thinking oceanfront, there are 3 main beaches that surround Charleston. Isle of Palms to the north, Sullivans Island below that, and Folly Beach just south of downtown Charleston. The most expensive is Sullivans Island due to the limited number of homes available on the market. Isle of Palms is also expensive, with large oceanfront homes on larger than normal lot sizes. Folly Beach is the most affordable beach community surrounding Charleston to live in.

If you'd like to purchase a home on deep water or tidal creek, then there are a number of options. Mount Pleasant to the north of downtown Charleston, James Island to the south of Charleston, and West Ashley to the southwest of downtown Charleston. Mount Pleasant is the most expensive of the three, but offers the ability to live on the Charleston Peninsula (large water), or the Wando River. There are a number of fingering creeks off of these large bodies of water that allow for numerous waterfront sites from which to live. James Island is the second most expensive waterfront area surrounding Charleston. This location is close to the beaches like Mount Pleasant, and also borders the Charleston Harbor. James Island has a large number of creeks that make their way through the island, thus making it easy to find a waterfront home site. West Ashley is the least expensive waterfront area of the three, and it borders downtown Charleston and is along the Ashley River. This is a great location for those looking to be close to town, without the price tags of Mount Pleasant and James Island.

If you'd like to purchase a home on a lake or pond, then almost any other area surrounding Charleston will peak your interest. Lake Moultrie is a very large body of water to live on, being 110,000 acres in size. Smaller lakes are also an option, for example on the Goose Creek Reservoir. Many other lakes surround Charleston smaller in size, and even brackish lakes as well (being a mix of freshwater and saltwater). Most of the townhomes and condominium communities also have smaller ponds with fountains or a small pond with ducks, turtles, egrets, herons, Canada geese, otters, etc.

With all of this water surrounding Charleston, living on the water can become a reality. A saltwater creek in your backyard allows you to fish, boat, and have fresh shrimp and crab legs for dinner. What are you waiting for?

while many other smaller lakes can be found in most areas surrounding Charleston. After all, we're called the Lowcountry for a reason!

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