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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  • 2852 River Vista Way Mount Pleasant $1,500,000.00

    2852 River Vista Way · Mount Pleasant

    Prepare to be impressed with this deep water estate directly on the Wando River! Enjoy boating with

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  • 3311 Rees Row Mount Pleasant $599,000.00

    3311 Rees Row · Mount Pleasant

    FRESHLY PAINTED BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS! Stately, elevated 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with full front por

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  • 1017 Cooper Avenue Folly Beach $869,000.00

    1017 Cooper Avenue · Folly Beach

    New Construction on the 10th block of the East side of Folly Beach. The WASH-OUT has all you need fo

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  • 114 Pitt Street Mount Pleasant $749,000.00

    114 Pitt Street · Mount Pleasant

    Historic cottage built circa. 1860 in prime, desirable 'Old Village' location. This notable home ha

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  • 72 Sowell Street Mount Pleasant $1,195,000.00

    72 Sowell Street · Mount Pleasant

    PRICED WELL BELOW APPRAISAL!! Lakefront vistas abound from this quintessential Southern Living style

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  • 2970 Maritime Forest Drive Johns Island $725,000.00

    2970 Maritime Forest Drive · Johns Island

    Beautifully maintained and well designed home that was built in 2017. This is one of the best lots o

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  • 1305 King Bird Court Mount Pleasant $950,000.00

    1305 King Bird Court · Mount Pleasant

    Stunning Custom Home w/ Saltwater Pool situated on a quiet cul-de-sac w/ pond view. Backs up to Wetl

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  • 80 On The Harbor Drive Mount Pleasant $2,950,000.00

    80 On The Harbor Drive · Mount Pleasant

    Harbor front living at it's best with BRAND NEW DOCK COMING SOON! The home is completely renovated

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  • 1157 Shilling Place Mount Pleasant $639,900.00

    1157 Shilling Place · Mount Pleasant

    With traditional Charleston feel & attractive French Country architecture, this SNEE FARM beauty is

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  • 1431 Barbara Street Mount Pleasant $599,000.00

    1431 Barbara Street · Mount Pleasant

    Charming one story, one owner, brick home with a wonderful .27 acre yard! As you enter the home you

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