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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    1544 Red Tide Road · Mount Pleasant

    This Emerald Home is one you don't want to miss! The Hickory is a 3065 SF home with 4 bedrooms and 4

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    1104 Studdingsail Lane · Charleston

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

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    4294 Hope Plantation Drive · Johns Island

    Peaceful lot on a cul de sac in the prestigious gated community of Kiawah River Estates, this custom

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  • 1617 Folly Creek Way Charleston $625,000.00

    1617 Folly Creek Way · Charleston

    This gorgeous home is situated in an exclusively GATED community with breathtaking MARSH VIEWS and o

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    2327 Skyler Drive · Mount Pleasant

    NEW PAINT! Stunning home with beautiful & tranquil pond views from living space and first-floor mast

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    192 Harbour Watch Way · Mount Pleasant

    You will want to see this one!! LOCATION LOCATION! And ELEVATOR!!*****At the foot of the Ravenel bri

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    5157 Old York Course · Hollywood

    True deep water right on the Intercoastal Waterway with outstanding water and marsh views! Plus you

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  • 825 Foliage Lane Charleston $576,900.00

    825 Foliage Lane · Charleston

    BRAND NEW PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION! HURRY, LIMITED HOME SITES REMAINING BEFORE NEIGHBORHOOD CLOSE OUT!

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