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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  • 648 Gate Post Drive Mount Pleasant $575,000.00

    648 Gate Post Drive · Mount Pleasant

    Welcome home to Old Village Landing, a popular neighborhood in Old Mt. Pleasant buffering the Intrac

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  • 2 55th Avenue Isle of Palms $1,895,000.00

    2 55th Avenue · Isle of Palms

    Spacious Coastal home a block from the ocean offering large open living areas, with plenty of dining

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  • 181 Shelmore Boulevard Mount Pleasant $1,350,000.00

    181 Shelmore Boulevard · Mount Pleasant

    This stately home overlooks Perseverance Square Park. The handsome front hall is flanked on one side

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  • 662 Williamson Drive Mount Pleasant $550,000.00

    662 Williamson Drive · Mount Pleasant

    Immaculate, well-maintained, lakefront home in the heart of Mt. Pleasant! Close to everything! This

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    774 Navigators Run · Mount Pleasant

    Olde Park estate home with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms nestled on .40 acre with mature plantings and

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  • 8642 Fairway Woods Drive North Charleston $565,000.00

    8642 Fairway Woods Drive · North Charleston

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    1313 Boat Dock Court · Charleston

    Welcome to this beautiful home! Upon entering the grand foyer, you are greeted with gorgeous hard wo

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    8/10 Ropemakers Lane · Charleston

    Rare opportunity to own a unique property South of Broad. . .first time on the market in almost 25 y

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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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    9 Grand Pavilion Drive · Isle of Palms

    This home has never been on rental program and it has been nicely updated with windows, roof, hvac r

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