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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    1470 Seminole Street · Mount Pleasant

    Find quintessential Mount Pleasant charm in this 1950's ranch home that has been completely renovate

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    101 White Salt Lane · Charleston

    Nestled among the grand oak trees, on a 1.4 acre private deep water lot, this custom home boasts lux

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    600 Galera Lane · Mount Pleasant

    Absolutely beautiful southern charmer in one of Mount Pleasant's most sought-after neighborhoods jus

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  • 341 Cooper River Drive Mount Pleasant $1,250,000.00

    341 Cooper River Drive · Mount Pleasant

    Magnificent river views from this 4th floor 3 bedroom condo in Tides Building 3. Amazing natural lig

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  • 3429 Shagbark Circle Mount Pleasant $689,900.00

    3429 Shagbark Circle · Mount Pleasant

    MAJOR PRICE ADJUSTMENT FOR THIS EXCEPTIONAL HOME WITH BACKYARD OASIS !! This property has been prope

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    1352 Erckmann Drive · Mount Pleasant

    Buy into a $1M dollar neighborhood!!! This home is on a street and area that is increasing in value

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    3582 Toomer Kiln Circle · Mount Pleasant

    Must see! David Weekley home on a private, wooded, over 1/3 acre lot that backs up to wetlands & vie

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    2797 River Vista Way · Mount Pleasant

    This elegant sun filled home on corner lot in The Harbour is just a minutes walk from the crab dock.

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  • 203 Forest Trail Isle of Palms $1,375,000.00

    203 Forest Trail · Isle of Palms

    This beautiful home is close to the beach,golf course & marina. Home is in perfect condition & updat

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  • 197 Tidal Currents Lane Mount Pleasant $800,000.00

    197 Tidal Currents Lane · Mount Pleasant

    Welcome to one of the larger,private lots found in the Grassy Creek! This custom built home offers p

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