Charleston SC Waterfront living | Charleston SC ocean front and deepwater homes for sale

A traditional nickname for Charleston is “City By the Sea”, and no other historic downtown area in the United States is so close to the ocean. Standing along the High Battery, Murray Boulevard or Waterfront Park, it’s easy to sea the Atlantic Ocean and ships entering Charleston harbor. The Charleston peninsula is surrounded on three sides by the Ashley River, the Cooper River, and the harbor, which is roughly six square miles of water connecting the inland to the sea.

Charleston Harbor is what’s known in marine biology as a vertical estuary, where heavier fresh water from the rivers lifts lighter salt water from the Atlantic. The river flow carries soil and plant particles that give the water a grayish hue, but beneath the surface are abundant fish, shrimp and crabs and everything that feeds on them. On brisk windy days when the breezes come in from the sea, the blue-gray salt water offers better visibility in the harbor, as dolphins and drum can be seen swimming gracefully by.

Intracoastal waterway - Sullivans Island and Isle of Plams

 

Unlike many American cities, most of Charleston’s downtown waterfront is residential, with grand historic homes facing seaward along East and South Battery, condominiums tastefully overlooking Waterfront Park and the Cooper River, and a mix of Victorian dwellings, new construction and condos facing westward along the Ashley River.

The neighboring areas surrounding Charleston were historically built along rivers and inlets for easy access to the city by boat, and to this day, one of the quickest ways to get downtown is by walking down a priavte dock, stepping in a boat and taking the short trip to one of the city’s marina facilities.

James Island, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley feature homes that offer great views of the old city from across the Ashley and Cooper rivers, as suggested by neighborhood names such as Molasses Creek, Grassy Creek, Stono Ferry, Coosaw Creek, and Headquarters Island.

Local barrier islands jsut outside the city have oceanfront that is almost exclusively residential, and the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach also all feature extensive inland properties overlooking marsh estuary and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Another captivating location is a house or lot along the miles of tidal creeks that wend throughout the Charleston area. These expansive areas of pristine Spartina grasses and winding waterways are haven for shrimp crabs and fish, as well as a natural rookery for wading birds such as egrets, herons and ibis.

Hobcaw Creek, Shem Creek, James Island Creek and Horlbeck Creek are just a few of the many spectacular wetlands that grace the Charleston area.

Inland islands also provide scenic waterfront vistas, and Daniel’s Island, Johns Island and Edisto Island offer exquisite homesites and new construction designed to showcase the views over marshes, creeks and rivers. 

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  • 290 Furman Farm Place Daniel Island $1,560,000.00

    290 Furman Farm Place · Daniel Island

    Welcome home to 290 Furman Farm Place located on one of the best streets in the Daniel Island Park n

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  • 1104 Studdingsail Lane Charleston $519,000.00

    1104 Studdingsail Lane · Charleston

    Fantastic Folly Beach neighborhood offers luxury condos designed for a carefree lifestyle less than

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  • 0 Duck Club Rd Ravenel $904,900.00

    0 Duck Club Rd · Ravenel

    Build your dream home on this .95-acre lot with marsh/water views in the prestigious Preserve sectio

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  • 3305 Hopkinson Plantation Road Johns Island $780,000.00

    3305 Hopkinson Plantation Road · Johns Island

    Privacy with only 9 homesites and access to neighborhood dock on deep water Bohicket River (only sho

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  • 4020 Betsy Kerrison Parkway Johns Island $3,950,000.00

    4020 Betsy Kerrison Parkway · Johns Island

    This deepwater estate with 10' of water at low tide presents one of the most unique opportunities in

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  • 78 Society Street Charleston $2,400,000.00

    78 Society Street · Charleston

    Unicorns and Rainbows right in the heart of downtown Charleston! This extraordinary property has tw

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  • 206 Ferry Point Drive Wando $725,000.00

    206 Ferry Point Drive · Wando

    This stunning custom brick home nestled on a 1.7 acre private lot in the exclusive neighborhood of C

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  • 51 Smith Street Charleston $720,000.00

    51 Smith Street · Charleston

    SOUTH OF CALHOUN....1 BLOCK TO CofC. 4 PARKING SPACES! NICE COLLEGE RENTAL. GREAT FEATURES. KITCHE

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  • 3779 Millpond Lane Mount Pleasant $695,000.00

    3779 Millpond Lane · Mount Pleasant

    NEW CONSTRUCTION - DEC DELIVERY IN CUSTOM RIVERSIDE SECTION! The difference is in the design! This

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  • 3884 Oakley Drive Johns Island $649,900.00

    3884 Oakley Drive · Johns Island

    This elegant plantation-style home in a very private and picturesque community of Gift Plantation is

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