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King Street Charleston, SC

Why Is Upper King Street Thriving?

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King Street Charleston, SC

Commercial and Tourism Growth on Upper King Street

You know you’re somewhere special when you set foot in downtown Charleston. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you can sense the history on every street corner and a feel a buzz in the air. It’s a place where you’re intrigued to explore more, but the more you see and do the more you wonder what else you’re missing out on. 4.8 million people visit the Holy City every year and the majority start off in historic downtown where they are welcomed with the South’s finest cuisine, upscale fashion and designer shops, and renowned nightlife.

Of course, Charlestonians know that our city is much more than a historical tourist destination but also an emerging entrepreneurial hotspot, aeronautics manufacturing hub, and the 8th most valuable port in the United States. It’s no wonder why people are moving here at a record pace. With more people come more changes and for downtown, the change is happening now. With accelerated growth in real estate development in the Upper King Street district, business owners and investors are clamoring to take advantage of the prime openings in the newly revitalized area.

Commercial growth on King Street has been relatively steady over the last decade with over 30 businesses opening, many just in the last 3 to 4 years. These new establishments have found unique ways to renovate and revitalize buildings using original materials and recreating the architectural style from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The majority of businesses are comprised of upscale food and beverage restaurants, home design emporiums, and art galleries. Some of our favorite restaurants on Upper King include Closed for Business which has some of the best Lowcountry and seasonal beers on tap. Just down the street is  Rarebit which features a unique, upscale dining experience and must-try signature cocktails like their Moscow Muel. Another local favorite is O-Ku who pride themselves on their mouthwatering specialty sushi and vibrant atmosphere. These newer upscale establishments have drawn attention away from Market Street and East Bay Street, which were traditionally the epicenter of Charleston cuisine and nightlife.

Historic Downtown Charleston,SC

The shift in attention and popularity to the new hotspot on King has lead to increased demand for commercial space with retail space bringing $40 to $45 per square foot in 2014. In addition, Upper King now sports the new Elan Midtown Boutique Apartment Homes complex, which is historic Charleston’s only new construction luxury apartments.  As a result of this expansion and the 2-cent Food and Beverage Accommodation Tax, the city of Charleston saw a 17 percent increase in revenue as of 2013. Heavy expansion is expected to continue for the next 1 to 2 years as 5 new hotels are being planned for the area around Upper King Street and Meeting Street. Meanwhile, Evening Post Industries has proposed a 10 year construction project on 12 acres of land in between King, Meeting and St. Phillip streets which will be named Courier Square and will feature mixed use spaces for retail, housing and office space.

It’s no wonder that King Street was recently named one of the 10 Greatest Streets in America by the American Planning Association. Dramatic improvements in restoration techniques, smart city planning and a demand for new commercial and residential space represents a bright future for the once overshadowed district.

Neighborhoods Around Upper King

Radcliffeborough
Radcliffeborough

Radcliffeborough

Radcliffeborough neighborhood is one of the peninsula’s most conveniently positioned residential areas to everything that downtown Charleston has to offer. Bordered by Morris Street to the north, King Street to the east, Rutledge Avenue to the west and Calhoun Street to the south, Radcliffeborough residents are only steps away from shopping and dining on King Street, cultural events at the College of Charleston, and the Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square. Read more about Radcliffeborough.[idx-listings tract=”Radcliffeborough” statuses=”1″ propertytypes=”293″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC” count=”5″ showlargerphotos=”true”]

 Cannonborough Elliotborough
Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Map Charleston South Carolina

Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Charleston South Carolina

Cannonborough is most known for the Medical University of South Carolina campus, which resides almost wholly within the Cannonborough borders. Directly next door to the MUSC campus is Roper Hospital, one of the Charleston area’s best hospitals. Residents of Cannonborough are only minutes away from the best healthcare in the state, and it is no surprise that many of the homes in this area house medical students, residents, and physicians, and their families. Read more about Cannonborough Elliotborough neighborhoods.

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Harleston Village Charleston, South Carolina

Harleston Village

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Harleston Village Charleston, South Carolina

Harleston Village in historic downtown Charleston. (Photo credit Jim Lundy)

One of the most historic and diverse neighborhoods in downtown Charleston, Harleston Village encompasses everything that makes the peninsula unique, lively and vibrant. Harleston Village, also referred to as Harleston’s Green, dates back to the 1770’s and is named after John Harleston, the nephew to John Coming. Harleston’s Green is said to be home to the first American golf course and club. The grassy, undeveloped pasture backed by tidal creeks and marshy wetlands formed a naturally occurring golf green. The South Carolina Golf Club was formed here in 1786, but Harleston’s Green was short lived as the surrounding marshlands were filled in around 1790 to accommodate more housing and development. Today, Harleston Village is bound by Calhoun Street to the North, King Street to the East, Broad Street on the Southern edge and Lockwood Boulevard flanks the Western side.

Colonial Lake in Harleston Village

Colonial Lake in Harleston Village

Harleston Village offers some of the best outdoor spaces Charleston has to offer. On the Southern edge of Harleston Village is Colonial Lake, one of Charleston’s most popular outdoor destinations. A gorgeous, palm tree lined sidewalk wraps around the lake, offering a great place for runners, walkers, children and dogs. Colonial Lake also offers tennis courts open to the public. Just a short walk from Colonial Lake is the Charleston Harbor, with a large sidewalk that traces Lockwood Boulevard all the way to Broad Street – another great walking/running area of the peninsula.

82 Queen Crabcake

82 Queen’s famous Crabcakes.

Fine dining is also a major theme in and around Harleston Village. 82 Queen, Husk and Poogans Porch are just some of the high-end restaurants you can find while spending time in this neighborhood. On Broad Street, you can have a drink at the Blind Tiger, the oldest speakeasy in the South! All of these restaurants and bars offer some great al fresco dining accommodations – it is easy to see why!

Harleston Village

Harleston Village

With well over a 1,000 homes tucked away in Harleston Village, houses and lot sizes are very diverse but their architecture and historical significance remain the same. Home sizes vary from 1,000 square-foot modest homes to over 16,000 square-foot mansions.  The neighborhood is comprised of homes built as far back as the 18th century to modern day homes, many of which have been subdivided into more affordable condominiums.  Waterfront single-family homes are available overlooking the Charleston Harbor as well.

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Broad Street, Charleston, SC

South of Broad

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Broad Street, Charleston, SC

Broad Street Charleston, SC

Made famous by its historic architecture, the southern tip of Charleston’s downtown peninsula is home to a neighborhood known as South Of Broad. It is a special neighborhood tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, but is just a short, beautiful walk away from everything the city has to offer. Located – as the name describes – South of Broad Street and stretching to the Battery, this coveted neighborhood boasts some of Charleston’s most expensive addresses. Some of the Oak and Palm trees are as old the architecture and the community takes great pride in preserving the neighborhood’s rich culture and history. Many of the homes have been passed down through families from generation to generation while a handful of properties have become historic landmarks open for public tours.

With residences dating back to the early 1700’s, a walk around South Of Broad is a like walking through pages of a history book. 71 Church Street (The Robert Brewton House), for example, is the oldest known home dating back to 1721. Today, the home is open for public tours 6 days a week!

Some of South of Broad’s defining characteristics include its cobblestoned streets, hidden alley ways and enchanting gardens. Both the architecture and landscape architecture in this famous Charleston neighborhood are thoughtfully designed and meticulously preserved. Each Spring and Fall, South Of Broad hosts its popular Home and Garden Tour so non-residents and tourists alike can get an inside look at the beauty within the homes! If you have ever seen photos or paintings of Charleston’s iconic, pastel colored homes by the water, you’ve had a glimpse of South Of Broad. The famous Lowcountry icon is known as Rainbow Row and some of the homes welcome visitors during the South Of Broad Home and Garden Tour!

South Of Broad doesn’t just boast beautiful homes and gardens, however. Walking along the Battery and overlooking the Charleston Harbor is a must-see experience and Waterfront Park is absolutely gorgeous year-round. Colonial Lake sits just north of Broad Street and is a great spot for a picnic or a jog.

 

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Shem Creek - Mount Pleasant, SC

Shem Creek: Eat, Play and Stay

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Shem Creek - Mount Pleasant, SC

Shem Creek – Mount Pleasant, SC

If you want to experience a quintessential, Lowcountry morning or afternoon, spend some time at Shem Creek. Its name is quite deceiving. I once suggested to a tourist that he spend his afternoon on Shem Creek and he quickly replied, “A creek? How can I spend my entire afternoon at a creek?” It was his first visit to the Lowcountry and he soon realized Shem Creek isn’t just a creek.

 

For starters, Shem Creek offers 6 restaurants, 3 outdoor outfitters, 3 event venues, 2 marinas, a gorgeous hotel, a handful of local shrimp and crab distributors and the newly built Shem Creek Park! Nestled just a mile from the base of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge on Coleman Blvd., this area of Mt. Pleasant is a hotspot that is sure to excite foodies, fishermen and adventurers alike! And with many residential neighborhoods lining Shem Creek, the area is full of energy and known to be a prime location in the Lowcountry.

Shem Creek has been a hub for activities dating back to the 18th century when Andrew Hibben obtained a ferry charter which became the first mode of public transportation from Mt. Pleasant to the city of Charleston. It wasn’t until the 1900’s, however, that Shem Creek became the epicenter for shrimping in the Lowcountry and it still known for this honor today!

Shem Creek - Mount Pleasant, SC

Shem Creek – Mount Pleasant, SC

Eat

The gorgeous shrimping boats are impossible to miss when you drive, ride or walk over the Shem Creek Bridge. Nestled right against the docks of just some of the restaurants they serve, dining on Shem Creek is picturesque and an experience in itself. My personal recommendations include Vickery’s Bar and Grill for casual dining, Red’s Icehouse for a cold beer and The Wreck to experience a local hole-in-the-wall!

Vickery’s Bar and Grill is perfect for great views, a relaxed atmosphere and amazing al fresco dining year round. Vickery’s also offers first come-first served public docking for its customers so if you’ve been on the water all day, Vickery’s is a great place to stop for a bite. The fried Calamari is some of the best in Charleston!

 

Fresh oysters - Vickery's on Shem Creek

Fresh oysters – Vickery’s on Shem Creek

Red’s Icehouse has known for its awesome live music in the past 5 years, hosting both local and country superstars alike! With multiple levels of dining and drinking, most of the space is outdoors and your four-legged friends are welcome in the outdoor areas. Red’s also features weekly drink and all-you-can-eat specials, oyster roasts and other various public parties. Red’s Ice House is also home to the The Palmetto Breeze, Mt. Pleasant’s premier sunset cruise sailboat, offering cocktails, snacks and live music from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

The Wreck is Shem Creek’s best kept secret – a hole in the wall with some powerful history. Featuring authentic Lowcountry cuisine, the owners of The Wreck pride themselves in serving up coastal dishes indigenous to South Carolina. Overlooking Shem Creek’s weathered shrimp boats and unmistakable marsh views, this little gem showcases the physical beauty the Lowcountry offers. A little about the history of The Wreck, found on the restaurant’s website:

 

“When the monster [Hurricane Hugo] had finally passed and the water receded, the trawler [named Richard & Charlene] had impaled its enormous bulk on the bare pilings. For nine months the ruined trawler sat in place, immovable, washed over daily by the tides until finally removed by salvagers, never to sail again. It is in memory of this indelible event that the existing restaurant on the same site has been named The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene.”

 

Abundant Seafood, a new business owned and operated by Mark Marhefka, is one of the Lowcountry’s only sustainable fishing operations that works similar to a co-op. Residents sign up for a 12 week catch which includes 15 pounds of seafood, and each week fisherman Mark leaves Shem Creek to fish for his members! On Fridays, Mark cleans, fillets and packs his catch for each member! Get to his dock early though – Abundant Seafood now has more than 140 members!! Mark also provides local seafood for many of Charleston’s top restaurants.

 

Play

There is so much to do on Shem Creek. You could spend an entire day having fun in the sun on its beautiful waters and surrounding marsh. It is common to see stand-up paddle boarders cruising the waterway, kayak tours meandering in and out of the marshes and walkers and joggers enjoying the boardwalks of Shem Creek Park.

The Charleston Paddler is a local paddling outfitter that offers SUP, kayak and mini-boat rentals, along with paddling tours and SUP Yoga! With expert instructors and guides, Charleston Paddler gives its customers a fun, safe and beautiful atmosphere for a killer workout or a relaxing time on the water! Check out the view from a regular day on the creek with Charleston Paddler:

Shem Creek Park is Mt. Pleasant’s newest public outdoor space, featuring a series of long boardwalks built over Shem Creek’s marshes and waters. Spend time walking the boardwalks and wandering through its short marsh trails. You’ll be able to see Shem Creek and The Charleston Harbor from a vantage point no one has been able to experience until now! You can fish off the boardwalks as well! And it has public bathrooms – always a plus!

 

Stay

Shem Creek offers travelers gorgeous hotel accommodations at Shem Creek Inn, in addition the area is home to some of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant’s most coveted neighborhoods to live in. Old Village, Cooper Estates, Shemwood and Bayview Acres are just a few neighborhoods that are nestled along Shem Creek’s shorelines, perfect for families looking for a safe, mature area to raise their children in. Shem Creek’s neighborhoods are zoned for the best public schools in South Carolina – Mt. Pleasant Academy (elementary), Moultrie Middle School and Wando High School. Homes for sale in these Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods typically start in the low $400’s and go up to the high $600’s in value.

 



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Wraggborough Charleston, SC

Wraggborough: The Garden District

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Wraggborough Charleston, SC

Wraggborough Charleston, SC

Wraggborough

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, SC – is a thriving neighborhood with beautiful, tree-lined streets and historic, thoughtfully-renovated homes. Wraggborough is unique because it boasts more green space than any other neighborhood in downtown Charleston, yet it is still just a 1-5 minute walk to all the restaurants, shops and nightlife that famous King Street has to offer.

 

History

Today’s Wraggborough in downtown Charleston, SC was once part of the extensive, peninsula land ownership of Joseph Wragg. When he divided his property among his heirs in 1758, it was his eldest son – John Wragg – who received the 79 acres that would eventually become Wraggborough. He died in 1796 without having children so in 1801, his siblings hired surveyor Joseph Purcell to lay streets on his portion of the land. These streets were named after each sibling: John, Judith, Mary, Ann, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Henrietta. One street remained and the Wragg family named it Chapel Street with the intention of building a chapel on the small square that sits at the intersection of Elizabeth, Chapel and John Streets. In 1801 – the same year the streets were laid – the Wragg family dedicated Wragg Mall and Wragg Square to the public and these remain today as open greens.

 
 

 Location

Nestled in a prime location of peninsular Charleston, SC, Wraggborough is bound by Mary Street, King Street, Calhoun Street and the Cooper River, and includes:
· John Street
· Judith Street
· Mary Street
· Ann Street
· Charlotte Street
· Elizabeth Street
· Henrietta Street
· Chapel Street
While Wraggborough boasts its own charming green spaces – Wragg Mall and Wragg Square – it is within a 1-5 minute walk to the expansive and energetic Marion Square and all that upper King Street has to offer. Walk to neighborhood hot spots including Hall’s Chophouse, The Grocery, Cocktail Club and The Macintosh. Listen to live music while relaxing at local coffee shops, and shop at one of the many clothing or furniture boutiques that lines King Street.

 

Amenities

· Restaurants – Basil, Fish, Halls Chop House, The Macintosh, Monza Pizza, O-Ku, The Ordinary, Starz, Virginia’s on King
· Green Spaces – Marion Square, Wragg Mall, Wragg Square

 

Places to See

The Charleston Museum – Located between Wragg Mall and Wragg Square (360 Meeting Street), this is America’s first museum! Founded in 1773 by the Charleston Library Society and opened to the public in 1824, The Charleston Museum is regarded as one of the finest museums in America. Its focus now is to document the natural and cultural history of Charleston and the Lowcountry coastal region.
Aiken-Rhett House Museum – Located on 48 Elizabeth Street, this historic home was built in 1820 and was opened as a museum in 1975. For 142 years, this classic Charleston double remained in the hands of family descendants until being sold to The Charleston Museum.  Now under the care of the Historic Charleston Foundation, the property is open to the public and offers guided, audio tours of the home and grounds.

 

Education

Wraggborough homes are zoned for Memminger Elementary School (K-6) and Burke High School (7-12). Within just a few miles of Wraggborough are a number of independent and parochial schools. Porter Gaud (co-education) and Ashley Hall (all girls) are two college-preparatory, independent schools for grades K-12, while Charleston Day School and Mason Preparatory School are co-educational, independent schools for grades K-8. All are located just minutes from this thriving neighborhood.

 

Fun Fact

Some Charlestonians also refer to Wraggborough as Mazyck-Wraggborough. Some even separate the neighborhoods completely into Mazyckborough and Wraggborough. In 1786, the same surveyor who would lay the streets for the Wragg family 10 years later, laid out a small portion of the neighborhood for Alexander Mazyck. This area is bounded by Chapel Street, Elizabeth Street and Calhoun Street.

 

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Olde Park Neighborhood Entrance

Olde Park: Refined Lowcountry Living

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Olde Park Neighborhood

Olde Park Neighborhood Map

If you have  been considering a move to Mount Pleasant, or if you’re looking for a change from your current East Cooper address, consider the Olde Park Neighborhood. Located on Mathis Ferry Road just down from I’on and Hobcaw Creek Plantation, this community is nestled conveniently in the middle of Mount Pleasant with easy access to local beaches, shopping and downtown Charleston.

Olde Park Neighborhood Entrance

Like next door neighbor I’on, Olde Park prides itself on having a cohesive design that runs throughout the architecture and landscaping. An emphasis is put on classical Georgia architecture, and all new construction must be approved by the Architectural Review Board and should follow the Olde Park design guidelines. The end result is a beautiful, well-organized neighborhood with sidewalks, mature live oaks and ponds. The homes in this neighborhood begin around 2,500 square feet and top out around 7,000 square feet, so there is something for families of all shapes and sizes.

Olde Park Neighborhood

One element of Olde Park that separates it from I’on is the emphasis on large, tree-lined lots. Where the lots of I’on have purposefully been placed close together as a way to foster community, the designers of Olde Park wanted to provide their residents with more privacy and
green space.

While Olde Park does not have a tennis court, pool or boat dock, residents do have access to amenities through the I’on neighborhood. The two neighborhoods are linked, so residents do not have to leave Olde Park to enjoy the perks of membership at the I’on Club, including three pools, a tennis club, game nights, and kids activities. The I’on also extends a separate annual membership to the residents of Olde Park for usage of their boat ramp, located on Hobcaw Creek and allowing direct access to the Cooper River and the Charleston Harbor (located only one mile from the I’on boat ramp).

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The I'on boat landing

I’on Neighborhood

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ION

Down oak-lined Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant hides one of the area’s most sought-after neighborhoods. The I’on neighborhood, which was founded in April 1995, has successfully created a space that combines the convenience and culture of twenty-first living with the strong ties and community of days gone by.

The entrance to ION

The 243 acres of the I’on community is named after Jacob Bond I’on (1782-1859), who served as mayor of Sullivan’s Island and who fought in the War of 1812. After a long career in service to his community and nation, I’on was laid to rest in the family cemetery, which now lies within the grounds of his namesake neighborhood.

When the neighborhood was founded, nothing else existed like it in Mount Pleasant–and, arguably, nothing still does. While later communities like Park West, have a similar idea behind them, none offer such a unique approach to neighborhood living. The minds behind the space envisioned a place that had parks for families to play in, porches to relax on, and trails to provide safe, stimulating places to exercise; in other words, they wanted to make a neighborhood that your grandparents might have grown up in.

The I'on Creek Club

The I’on Creek Club

The I’on neighborhood is far more than a collection of houses; it is an experience for its residents. There is particular detail paid to the specific design elements of the community and the housing style. The I’on Homeowners Association feels so strongly about the link between design and function that they have a specific style that all housing must adhere to: Lowcountry Vernacular Architecture. Because of this holistic approach, I’on is well-planned out and pleasing to the eye no matter where you are in the neighborhood.

The I'on boat landing

The I’on boat landing

The community also seeks to enrich the residents’ day-to-day lives through the I’on Trust, a non-profit organization specifically set up to provide quality entertainment to this area. The trust sponsors movie nights, architectural walks, speakers, and art shows. This element of living in I’on, combined with the shops and restaurants at the entrance, creates a wonderful, unique environment for those who call I’on home.

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Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park dog park

Mt. Pleasant: The City for Dogs

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People love Charleston. They love living here. They love visiting here. They love doing things here. Charleston has won many travel awards in recent years, including Conde Nast Traveler’s Best City in the World (Readers’ Choice Awards 2012).

However, another species–one that is often overlooked–also enjoys Charleston as much as the traditional human visitor or resident because the area has emerged as a friendly city for dogs.

Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park dog park

Mount Pleasant, a quick drive from historic downtown Charleston has emerged as a particularly dog-friendly area. On any given day, chances are that you will spot a four-legged family member getting some fresh air with his or her owner around town. A large portion of Mt. Pleasant families own dogs and the city acknowledged this trend by transforming Mount Pleasant into an outdoor city for dogs. With the development of dog friendly parks throughout Mt. Pleasant, canine owners have never found it easier to take man’s best friend for a walk or mingle with neighbors within a dog friendly community while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful Lowcountry weather.

The leash laws in Mt. Pleasant prohibit dogs from running free from a private residence, but with the establishment of these dog friendly parks within family oriented neighborhoods, accessing a safe, fun place to let your dog play is easy. These designated areas include large open areas for dogs to run and play freely without being hampered by a leash. Because of these dog runs, the Town of Mount Pleasant is transforming the evening chore of walking the dog into a family bonding activity.

Mt. Pleasant Palmetto Country Park

Mt. Pleasant’s Palmetto Islands County Park is a great place to walk your dog.

In 2009, in an effort to make Mt. Pleasant a more friendly city for dogs, the town finished construction of an off-leash dog park within the Park West Recreation Complex on Highway 17 North. This large, fenced-in dog park has a small pond where dogs can cool off on a hot summer day and enjoy roaming free with their canine friends. One downside to this location is that there are no separate sections for different sized dog breeds so small dogs may be easily intimidated by the presence of larger breeds.

One of the newest and largest dog parks is located off Rifle Range Road in Mt.Pleasant next to the Joe Gawrych Baseball Complex. This area features two large fenced-in sections for bigger dog breeds and one for small dogs. This centrally-located dog park is less than 3 miles from the Old Village (known to some as Old Mount Pleasant) and minutes from midtown communities like Snee Farm and Hamlin Plantation. This dog park also features several walking trails that visitors can utilize while the dog is on leash and lots of open space for playing catch or throwing the Frisbee with the kids.

A dog playing in one of Mt. Pleasant's many dog parks.

A dog playing in one of Mt. Pleasant’s many dog parks.

The nature-oriented canine lovers looking for activities in this city for dogs may be looking for a more rustic, expansive, and activity-oriented park. The Palmetto Islands County Park is designed just for that purpose. This beautiful park features 943 acres of natural, tropical development with views of the Lowcountry marshland and includes bicycle paths, picnic areas, boardwalks and an exclusive off-leash dog park for your canine. This park is located off of Long Point Road in the Longpoint Subdivision and is also a short drive from Belle Hall in Mt. Pleasant, which making it perfect for a full day adventure with the family.

Mt. Pleasant Rifle Range off leash dog park

There is another dog park right off of Rifle Range Road

Whether you are browsing real estate in Mount Pleasant or looking to buy a home specifically in Park West, Hamlin Park, Old Village, or Belle Hall or any of the surrounding areas, Mount Pleasant has made huge strides in accommodating all members of your family. By providing dog friendly parks within family oriented neighborhoods, the Town of Mount Pleasant is busy creating the Lowcountry’s best city for dogs.

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Five Loaves Cafe Charleston South Carolina

Featured Neighborhood: Cannonborough Elliotborough

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Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Map Charleston South Carolina

Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Map Charleston South Carolina

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Cannonborough

The neighborhood of Cannonborough runs east on Spring Street to Coming Street, south from Coming to Morris Street, west from Morris to Smith, south to Calhoun, and then west along Calhoun to the Ashley River. This area was acquired by Daniel Cannon sometime between 1762 and 1800, and was a marshy area lined with streams. Cannon, a carpenter, used the area to build two lumber mills near the Ashely River, one on Cannon Street and the other on Boundary Street. By the early 1800s, the marshes had been filled in and construction had begun on the main stately homes in the area. Most of these houses were found on what was then known as Pinckney Street (now Rutledge Avenue) because this area had the highest ground in the neighborhood. Jonathan Lucas eventually expanded Cannonborough to its current size, which includes Calhoun Street as the southernmost border. Lucas also oversaw the addition of rice and sawmills in the more low-lying areas.

Coming Street Image by Hannah Lane Photography

Coming Street Image by Hannah Lane Photography

While Cannonborough is still a thriving area, the sawmills, rice mills and lumber yards of the past have been overtaken by state-of-the-art medical facilities, small businesses and refurbished historical homes. Cannonborough is most known for the Medical University of South Carolina campus, which resides almost wholly within the Cannonborough borders. Directly next door to the MUSC campus is Roper Hospital, one of the Charleston area’s best hospitals. Residents of Cannonborough are only minutes away from the best healthcare in the state, and it is no surprise that many of the homes in this area house medical students, residents, and physicians, and their families.

Five Loaves Cafe Charleston South Carolina

Five Loaves Cafe, an amazing local restaurant located in the heart of the Cannonbourough Elliotbourough District. Photo by HannahLane Photography .

Cannonborough also has many excellent shops, cafes and businesses throughout the neighborhood, especially along Spring Street, where the Spring-Cannon Corridor Plan is currently being put into place. This plan aims to increase the profile of the businesses currently on Spring and Cannon Streets, as well as making Cannonborough (and the neighboring Elliotborough) a draw for residents and visitors alike. Among the businesses along Spring Street in Cannonborough are Five Loaves Café, which specializes in gourmet sandwiches, soups and pastas, and Sugar Bakeshop, which offers homemade cakes, pastries, cupcakes and cookies to patrons.

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Elliotborough

While Elliotborough is often lumped in with the larger, neighboring Cannonborough (as Cannon-Elliotborough or Cannonborough-Elliotborough), this small but promising area is poised to be the next up and coming area in the Charleston Peninsula Midtown. Bordered by Line Street, Coming Street, Spring Street and Rutledge Avenue, this neighborhood was surveyed by the Elliot (sometimes seen as “Elliott”) family in the 1770s. When Elliotborough began to grow, it eventually met Cannonborough to the west; now, the two neighborhoods often pool their resources to bring new residents, visitors and shoppers to the area.

Hominy Grill

Hominy Girll is also located in the heart of the Canonbourough Elliotbourough District. Photo by Hannah Lane Photography.

Recently, a major revitalization of Elliotborough has begun as a direct result of the Spring-Cannon Corridor Plan of 1998. This plan aims to support existing businesses as well as provide foot traffic for new ones; restoration and beautification of the historic homes in the area has also been a push through the Plan. The City of Charleston has also designated the area as a tax-increment area, which allows for a portion of the taxes paid in Elliotborough to go directly back into the neighborhood.

Karpeles Manuscript Museum photo by Hannah Lane Photography

Karpeles Manuscript Museum photo by Hannah Lane Photography

All of this interest in Elliotborough has definitely paid off in the last decade. The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum (founded 1983) on Spring Street is the largest private collection of manuscripts in the world, and includes handwritten, original editions of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Einstein’s “E=mc²” equation. Among the newer businesses in Elliotborough are Xioa Bao Biscuit, which offers authentic cuisine from Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries, and Trattoria Lucca, an acclaimed Italian restaurant owned by the five-star rated chef at the now-defunct Woodlands restaurant and Inn in Summerville. Wildflour Pastry, at 73 Spring Street, offers gourmet sticky buns, coffee and baked goods to those who’ve found this gem.

Elliotborough has a long history in the Charleston community, but it looks as if the brightest chapter in this quaint Midtown neighborhood is just about to unfold.

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Radcliffeborough

Radcliffeborough Downtown Charleston- Featured Neighborhood

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Featured Charleston Area Neighborhood: Radcliffeborough

Radcliffeborough

Radcliffeborough

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Located in midtown Charleston, the Radcliffeborough neighborhood is one of the peninsula’s most conveniently positioned residential areas to everything that downtown Charleston has to offer. Bordered by Morris Street to the north, King Street to the east, Rutledge Avenue to the west and Calhoun Street to the south, Radcliffeborough residents are only steps away from shopping and dining on King Street, cultural events at the College of Charleston, and the Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square.

This area was originally bought by Thomas Radcliffe, who oversaw the first survey of the suburb in 1786. After he was tragically lost at sea in 1806, his widow, Lucretia, took up the task of seeing Radcliffe’s vision through. Over time, this suburb grew into a hub of learning, as the College of Charleston grew steadily after its founding in 1770; Radcliffeborough actually borders the entrance to the College, and the famous Cistern at the heart of campus is only steps away from Radcliffeborough.

Radcliffeborough

Now, students from College of Charleston have been joined by those at the Medical University of South Carolina, and the Charleston School of Law, and Radcliffeborough is a highly sought after area for undergraduate, law and professional students, and their families. Amongst the single family homes can be found several residence halls for the College of Charleston, as well as the stunning Ashley Hall campus, which provides a quality education for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This focus on educational institutions is no more evident than in the Starbucks on the edge of Radcliffeborough (only one of two on the peninsula), where students of all ages and skill levels can be found quietly studying or meeting with professors.

St. Patricks Catholic Church photo by Hannahlane Photography

St. Patricks Catholic Church photo by Hannahlane Photography

This portion of the Holy City has several churches that call the neighborhood home, including Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul’s (Episcopalian), and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. The appeal of this neighborhood mirrors the make-up of the churchgoers: there are long-time residents to Charleston side-by-side with students, young families and professionals, all of whom have been drawn to this beautiful and centrally located neighborhood in the heart of Charleston.

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