The coastal port city of Charleston, South Carolina was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, honoring King Charles II. The city consists of distinct districts, each with its own unique appeal for being the place to call home. Downtown, or The Peninsula, is the small but mighty center of the city and home to Charleston's most dining, nightlife, and attractions. Flanked by he Ashley and Wando rivers, downtown offers no shortage of scenic views or aquatic activities for the outdoorsy types.
West Ashley offers a more suburban feel across the Ashley river from downtown, and offers a slice of history as Middleton Place, Ashley Hall and Magnolia Plantation are all located here. Further west, find Johns Island, South Carolina's largest island at a remarkable 84 square miles in area. Here you'll find the world-famous Angel Oak, a Southern live oak estimated to be 400-1500 years old.
James Island is a popular residential destination known for its massive fishing pier and beachy attitude. It's Charleston's most eclectic neighborhood with its unique mix of surf shops, restaurants, gift shops, offices and bars along Center Street. It's also Charleston's most perseverant neighborhood, regularly rebuilding and refreshing after tropical storms and hurricanes.
No matter which area in the Charleston metro calls to you, the laid-back lifestyle of this coastal oasis pays homage to history without being stuck in the past. The arts, culture, and entertainment opportunities are perfectly balanced with the city's many parks, trails, and nature activities.