Lowcountry Real Estate
Mount Pleasant, SC
In recent years, Mount Pleasant has become one of Charleston's most sought after areas in which to live and work. This community, which is bisected by Highway 17, serves as both a retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston and a destination unto itself, with shopping, dining and historical monuments to complement downtown's more well-known venues. Nowadays, Mount Pleasant is accessible from downtown via the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge (which replaced the Grace Memorial and Silas N. Pearman bridges in 2005).
When the first bridge, the Grace Memorial, was constructed in 1929, it opened up new opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Up to that point, Mount Pleasant had only been accessible from downtown by boat, or by car much further up the coast. The isolation and quiet was what attracted its first group of villagers to the area in the 1700s. The Old Village stands on what was once an old plantation: the original plantation home, Hibben House, was built in 1759. It remains a part of the historic district at 111 Hibben Street. In 1803, local James Hibben set out to organize the area into a more discernible village: the result was the beginning of Mount Pleasant's Old Village.
The Old Village was named to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973; this designation covered the original thirty blocks spanning from the Charleston harbor, Shem Creek, Royal Avenue and McCants Drive. In 1979, locals came together to create their own historic association, which expanded the protected area to include an additional seven blocks. The Mount Pleasant Historical Association aims to "protect, preserve, and enhance architecture of the Old Village, and to encourage harmonious grown and development." These protections will ensure that the history and beauty of the Old Village last for generations to come.
“Shem Creek is often referred to as the historic heart of Mount Pleasant. If you're interested in seeing it or dining in some of the outstanding waterfront restaurants, take Highway 17 to Coleman Boulevard, which brings visitors to Shem Creek."
Mount Pleasant Neighborhoods
Dating back to the 1800's, the Old Village served as a summer reprieve from the heat of downtown Charleston. Nearby Shem Creek provided cool breezes and a place for fishing, commerce and trade. Today, Shem Creek remains the historical epicenter for Mount Pleasant as well as a hub for waterfront dining and nightlife.
North Mount Pleasant extends up Highway 17 North and includes neighborhoods on Rifle Range road and Mathis Ferry like I'on, Belle Hall and Snee Farm. The farther north you go the larger the neigborhoods become. These include places like Hamlin Plantation, Charleston National, Park West and Dunes West.
Everything to the South of the Isle of Palms Connector fits into this area. There are a number of neigborhoods and communities offering various amenities. Homes in this area have easy access to downtown Charleston as well as the barrier island beaches.