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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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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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