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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