Charleston is an enchanting jewel of city, blessed with architectural charm, natural beauty, and cultural diversity. Founded in 1670, the city features America’s finest array ofsplendid historic homes from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. From spacious antebellum piazzas overlooking the expansive harbor waterfront, to quiet colonial gardens along cobblestone streets, old Charleston retains an old- world image of horse-drawn carriages, church steeples, live oaks and wrought iron gates – all set within the framework of a vibrant modern community.
Charleston blends past and future in in a way that enhances both. From the 150-foot walkway of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, the longest cable-stay structure in America, there are spectacular views of expansive Charleston Harbor, where huge container ships
bring billions of business dollars past the cannons of of historic Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney that guarded during the Civil War.
Along the coast, windswept barrier islands stretch to the north and south with pristine beaches and exquisite waterfront houses,highlighting Charleston’s harmony between development and the environment. From internationally-ranked golf links and resort communities, to protected wildlife habitat amid the longest stretch of unspoiled coastline on the Eastern seaboard, the scenic, unspoiled shores near Charleston provide haven for all living creatures.
Throughout its history, Charleston has combined home- grown tradition with considerable contributions from influences from all over the world. The 1670 colonial constitution guaranteed religious freedom for all, and brought a melting pot of denominations that gave Charleston its nickname, the “Holy City”.
With cultural mix that includes people from Europe and Africa, architectural styles influenced by ancient Rome and Greece, and glorious gardens bursting with species from Asia and the Middle East, Charleston’s character is multi- faceted. as its arts,
cuisine and hospitality are spiced with a genuine international flavor.
Outdoor recreation has become one Charleston’s most compelling amenities, and with a warm, sub-tropical climate and long days of golden sunshine, it is a great pleasureto hike, bike or paddle the gorgeous parks, the wetlands teeming with wildlife and the sea shore filled with breath-taking sights. In addition, Charleston boasts some of the best fishing and golfing in America, with huge schools of game fish in and offshore, and more than 20 championship links courses.
Ultimately, Charleston is a great place to live, and an address in any number of its exclusive neighborhoods is a great boost to any lifestyle. From luxurious homes in the heart of historic downtown Charleston; to regal golfing resort communities at Wild Dunes, and at Kiawah and Seabrook islands; to serene barrier island beauty at the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island; to vistas along ancient forests and wetland on Edisto and Wadmalaw islands; to upscale new homes and sites in beautifully-planned neighborhoods in Mount Pleasant, Daniel’s island, Awendaw/McClellanville, and James Island, a home in Charleston is treasured pleasure.
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