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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  • 1539 Prince Edward Street Mount Pleasant $439,000.00

    1539 Prince Edward Street · Mount Pleasant

    Toes in the sand in just minutes! Restaurants and shopping very close by at Towne Center! So quick a

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  • 3023 Viscount Street Charleston $625,000.00

    3023 Viscount Street · Charleston

    Welcome to this little slice of Heaven in Center Park! This custom built home(Simonini Builders) is

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  • 29 Dune Ridge Lane Isle of Palms $1,785,000.00

    29 Dune Ridge Lane · Isle of Palms

    Beautiful home overlooking the Links Course in Wild Dunes. This four bedroom, four bath home built t

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  • 1364 Tidal Creek Cove Charleston $750,000.00

    1364 Tidal Creek Cove · Charleston

    If you have been searching for a Waterfront Showplace-Look no further. Constructed on Clark's Sound

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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 PRIVATE DOCK COMING SOON! The home is completely re

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  • 2283 Hartfords Bluff Circle Mount Pleasant $568,000.00

    2283 Hartfords Bluff Circle · Mount Pleasant

    From the moment you enter this beautiful lowcountry house, it feels like home! You'll love the large

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  • 78 Legare Street Charleston $700,000.00

    78 Legare Street · Charleston

    The living is easy in this 3-story brick townhouse, close to everything that Charleston has to offer

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  • 3001 Bushy Park Road Moncks Corner $1,675,000.00

    3001 Bushy Park Road · Moncks Corner

    (Min to Volvo, Daniel Island)***This Gorgeous Estate is offered for sale exclusively for the buyer

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  • 106 Lily Pad Lane Bonneau $575,000.00

    106 Lily Pad Lane · Bonneau

    This is it! This is the one! This beautiful waterfront home is located on Lake Moultrie in Bonneau a

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  • 9 Fields Place Charleston $535,000.00

    9 Fields Place · Charleston

    Modern home built in 2014. 3 bed & 2.5 bath filled with upgrades throughout. Marble counters in the

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