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Charleston, South Carolina,  is considered among the most beautiful,Saint Philips downtown Charleston, SC  historic and livable cities along the east coast. Standing majestically on a peninsula surrounded by tidal rivers and a windswept harbor, downtown Charleston’s splendid array of antebellum houses, colonial churches, wrought iron gates, cobblestone streets and expansive gardens have earned it recognition as a rare, fine American jewel.

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The downtown Charleston area (29401) has a walkability score of 85, second only to New York City! Have some time?...check out our top 5 historic streets and churches.

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Situated only a few miles from surrounding beaches and sea coast islands,  along the intracoastal waterway, a short drive from world-class golf links, and within minutes of Charleston International and several executive airports, Charleston is a preferred address for those who enjoy natural beauty and cultural diversity.

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Under sail in Charleston’s expansive harbor, it’s easy to understand the nickname Holy City from the many picturesque steeples that punctuate its distinctive skyline, while container ships passing beneath the tall shipslongest cable-stay bridge in North America show that, along with visual charm of the past, the city is on a vibrant course to the future.

A booming sea trade in rice and cotton trade throughout the 18th and 19th centuries helped create downtown Charleston’s stunning architectural heritage - great columned piazzas, ornate spiral staircases, intricate pediments and cornices, elaborate wrought iron balconies,  as well as paneled, chandeliered ballrooms – block after block of museum-like treasures in a unique, meticulously cared-for residential setting. 

More on downtown Charleston Real Estate search: Graceful promenades like the city’s waterfront High Battery feature, on one side, a panoramic view of historic Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor, and, on the other, a row of  statuesque Italianate and Greek Revival mansions from which former residents watched canon fire on the fort to begin the Civil War.

Renowned for its wealth of gardens, flourishing in a sunny, mild climate, the downtown area is ablaze with colors throughout the year – featuring banks of azaleas, camellias,  oleander and flowering magnolia. The alluring color of Charleston includes not only the striking hues of world-famous Rainbow Row townhouses and the glistening bell towers of St. Michael’s Church, but in the spectrum of life’s quality as well.


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Along spacious downtown streets lined with towering moss-covered live oaks, horse-drawn carriages share the road with soccer mom SUV’s; attorneys, brokers and bankers walk briskly down slate sidewalks past figures who sit weaving hand-made baskets of sweetgrass and bull rush; while only a stone’s throw from children riding classic joggling boards in antebellum verandas and pre-Revolutionary courtyards, parents enjoy visits to five-star restaurants and world-class retail. Home to the internationally-acclaimed  Spoleto Arts Festival, and featuring a resident symphony and a burgeoning theater and arts district in its old French Quarter, Charleston is on the cultural cutting edge.  Truly an unparalleled combination of old-world charm and modern living,  downtown Charleston presents a variety of real estate options. Historic listings on the Charleston MLS include large homes, smaller garden houses, as well as condominiums within larger, subdivided properties.  Recent and new construction, primarily along waterfront venues such as Factors Row and Waterfront Park, features a number of luxury and time-share listings.  

Downtown Charleston heats in the evenings as well, especially along the busy Market area, south along East Bay and Meeting Streets to Broad Street and through the French Quarter, where the sounds of chic clubs and aromas of numerous restaurants mix refreshingly with a bustling nightlife along scenic sidewalks. Hank's Seafood Restaurant, The Oak Steakhouse, Magnolia's Restaurant, Bocci's Italian Restaurant and Anson's Restaurant are among the many popular and memorable dining experiences.

At McCrady's Restaurant on Unity Alley, diners sit where George Washington was honored with a great banquet in 1791; the Cru Cafe on Pinckney Street offers piazza seating overlooking historic stables, while SNOB, Cypress, and Magnolia's on East Bay Street all offer features a five-course culinary treat.

For more casual dining and cocktails, venues such as Basail, Rue De Jean on upper King Street or head on over to lower King to 82 Queen, The Blind Tiger Pub, A.W.Shuck's Restaurant and Tommy Condon's Irish Pub have sidewalk and courtyard seating.  High above, rooftop bars at The Vendue Inn and the Market Pavilion Hotel offer a panoramic view of the city and Charleston Harbor. Fleet Landing Restaurant offers the only true waterfront dining experience with a casual atmosphere in downtown Charleston.FIG is a must try on the corner of Hasell and Meeting Streets.

Charleston's Upper King Street district is full of energy during the day where home design and boutique shopping abound. After dark the vibrant nightlife scene boasts an electic array of culinary innovators with some of the most frequented restaurants in the Southeast and possibly the nation. MacIntosh, The Ordinary, Basil, Monza, Hall's Chop House, Fish and more. check out Charleston Distilling Company, Charleston Beer Works and High Wire Distilling.

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    The Tri-county area is comprised of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, containing 90 miles of oceanfront and a tremendous amount of intracoastal waterway, waterfront property, beach homes, tidal creek, marsh front, and deepwater access. 

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    Find Charleston condos: Condominium living has become increasingly attractive for prospective homeowners because of the maintainance free aspect as well as being able to get up and go at any moment. Some popular developments are Laurens Place,Anson House,Dockside, The Bristol, Chisolm, Markets Gate and more.

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