Relocating To Charleston, South Carolina?
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The perfect blend of historic charm and modern living, Charleston is a one-of-a-kind place to call home. Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and vibrant French Quarter architecture, all juxtaposed against vibrant street murals, hip eateries, and some of the best beaches in the region comprise the heart of all that is Charleston. With a rich history, a bustling arts and culture scene, and breathtaking natural areas, Charleston has a lot going on—it's no wonder so many people love calling our city home!
Relocating to a new place is tough, even if you're moving to a great city like Charleston. That's why we're here to help! Take some time to explore our Charleston relocation resources, from in-depth area guides to buying resources. Ready to find your perfect home in Charleston? Just give us a call!
Discover Charleston, SC
Things to Do
Since Charleston has been around for a while, it's full of historic landmarks to explore...but also plenty of more modern haunts! For a more laidback adventure, check out Cypress Gardens just outside of the city. It's so beautiful it's actually been used as a filming location for movies like The Notebook and The Patriot! Once you're done, relax with a cup of tea at the Charleston Tea Plantation. Other popular local stops include grabbing a photo at the Charleston murals or Rainbow Row, filling up on fresh fruits and veggies at the Johns Island Farmer's Market or the Historic City Market, or enjoying some shade under the branches of the Angel Oak Tree—one of the oldest living things in the country!
Parks & Rec
The biggest outdoor attraction around Charleston has to be the beaches—and with good reason! Whether you're looking for a bustling beach filled with people or a more intimate sandy locale, you'll find plenty of options. One of the most popular beaches around the area is Folly Beach, which features a pier that extends over 1,000 feet into the ocean and is often referred to as the "Edge of America." We also recommend checking out Sullivan's Island, Kiawah Island, and Isle of Palms. If you prefer an outdoor adventure away from the ocean, be sure to check out Patriots Point Links, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and the Francis Marion National Forest.
Shopping & Dining
Whether you're looking for locally owned options or chain stops, you'll find a variety of shops and restaurants around Charleston. Downtown Charleston is full of local retail options like Blue Bicycle Books, House of Sage, and Cannonborough Collective, and many more. For larger shopping centers, there's The Shops at Belmond Place, South Windermere Center, and Ashley Landing. Charleston also boasts a pretty active culinary scene, with restaurants constantly exploring new flavors and trends. If you're craving a bite to eat, the top restaurants around the city include EVO Pizza, the Codfather, Workshop, and Butcher and Bee.
The City of Charleston and the surrounding areas are served by the Charleston County School District. Over 50,000 students attend the 85 schools in Charleston, and the district boasts some of the best schools in the state. The graduation rate in the district is just under 85%, and standardized test scores are well above the national average. Additionally, the schools in the district provide a wide variety of academic and athletic extracurriculars for students to pursue outside of school hours.
Finding the Perfect Neighborhood in Charleston
Finding the right neighborhood is just as important as finding the right home, and the Charleston are is full of unique options! Explore a few of the highlighted neighborhoods, and browse the other area guides for more information.
Spotlight Communities around Charleston
Made up of a collection of islands like James Island, Seabrook Island, and Kiawah Island, the Barrier Islands are full of beautiful sites and tight-knit communities.
A popular residential area slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown, North Charleston is actually the third-largest city in the state, so there's no shortage of things to do!
Located just west of the Ashley River, West Ashley has three different areas within the neighborhood—Inside I-526, Outside I-527, and Rural West Ashley—so there's an option for many types of buyers.
Buying a Home in Charleston
Found a few great neighborhoods you think you’ll love? Time to find home and get packing! But don’t worry, neither buying a home nor relocating to Charleston needs to be a stressful process. Here are some of our favorite home-buying and moving resources.
Charleston Home Buying Resources
Make Your Move Simple & Stress-Free
Really want to make buying a home and relocating to Charleston easy? Give the RARE Charleston Team a call, and let us handle the heavy lifting for you. Browse more of our resources, and give us a call when you're ready to get started!