The beautiful city of Charleston is the second largest city in South Carolina and has a history dating back to the 16th century. The original name of the city was Charles Town and it was originally located on the west bank of the Ashley River from where it was moved to its present location in Oyster Point, on the South Carolina coastline in 1680. It covers a total area of 347.5 square kilometers, almost 16% of which is water. Last year’s census (2010) placed the population of the city at 120,083. The cultural diversity of its inhabitants reflects its rich heritage of history, as does the Charleston real estate. About 45% of the permanent population is made up of White Americans, with slightly less than that (43%) being African-Americans, and a sprinkling of Asian-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos.
Accessibility to Charleston is convenient. It boasts a world-class airport, Charleston International Airport located in North Charleston, as well as smaller airports for non-commercial flights, and is connected to neighboring states by a network of major highways such as US Route 17, US Route 52, US route 78, Interstate 26 to name just a few. For a more leisurely journey, you could opt for a sea cruise, arriving at the Union Pier Terminal. A significant percentage of the Charleston real estate belongs to out-of-state owners who have invested in beach-front properties as a second home. They visit the city over holidays for festival celebrations which annually draw large influxes of tourists, the Spoleto Festival being the most notable, featuring a 17-day performing arts extravaganza. Not surprisingly, tourism is the major industry in Charleston and hotels grand and budget are very much a part of the Charleston real estate landscape.
Charleston is a mature, gracious city, the balmy sub-tropical climate and coastal lifestyle adds to the quiet, low-bustle ambiance. No wonder that it is a popular destination for visitors and for relocation. Sprawling colonial homes and bungalows combine with plush condos as part of the Charleston real estate, along with new homes for sale in the rural fringes. Downtown Charleston still evokes the imposing colonial atmosphere with its cobbled streets, large wrought iron gates at the entrance-way to bungalows, numerous parks and gardens alive with exquisite colorful flowers all year and an array of museums and churches to visit. In fact, the number of church spires and steeples on its skyline has earned Charleston the nick name of “Holy City”.
New home communities are also popular and are being developed rapidly, contributing to the Charleston real estate, while not conflicting with the quiet charm of the city. The Charleston Metro Area affords options in plenty in Mount Pleasant, Charleston Peninsula, James Island, West Ashley, Johns Island, North Charleston and Daniel Island. Charleston real estate includes beach properties on the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and Wild Dunes. In Rural Charleston are the engaging settlements of Rural West Ashley and Mclellanville. Look up more on these and other locations, for homes to purchase on the links below. We are sure we can provide you with several available options matching your requirement.
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