Hanahan, South Carolina
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Area Description

Creeks and ponds dot Hanahan today, and water hasn’t been far from the suburban Berkeley County region’s development over the past century.
In 1903, Charleston Public Works opened a pumping station seven miles north to bring fresh H2O to the city. The man who ran the operation was named Hanahan and eventually the name caught on, according to the S.C. Department of Archives and History’s online archives.
Around World War II, a few neighborhoods emerged near the public work center including Highland Gardens and Highland Park. The communities steadily expanded to where residents in the early 1970s voted to incorporate. The city of Hanahan formed in 1973, bordering North Charleston on the west and south. Hanahan’s population by the mid-1990s topped 13,000 and nearly reached 18,000 by the 2010 census.
Besides its watery surroundings – you couldn’t drive between the north and south ends of the municipality while staying in the city limits until officials opened a bridge less than a decade ago – Hanahan houses portions of the Naval Weapons station and other military complexes and operations.
The dozen-year-old Tanner Plantation community off North Rhett Avenue and Henry Brown Parkway made inroads in broadening Hanahan’s residential presence and linking its southern end around the Goose Creek Reservoir with the Otranto neighborhood to the north.
Hanahan boasts its share of history, including the centuries-old Otranto Plantation house; and luxury appeal at high-end Yeamans Hall Golf Course designed in 1925 by noted golf architect Sean Raynor.
New municipal highlights include a waterfront park and amphitheater opened in 2013 off Mabeleine Avenue on the city’s western edge.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Younger families, close-knit, long-time residents, military personnel, up-and-comers, middle class.


Gradual sales of decades-old houses, new-home communities in center of the city, economically healthy.


Traditional, attracted to watersports such as boating and fishing, approachable, family friendly, consumer-oriented thanks to neighboring North Charleston.

You’ll love

Modern city facilities such as amphitheater and stucco-like city hall, strong recreational programs, proximity of new and trendy stores.

Perfect For

Growing families, workers who like short commute, solid schools, watersportsmen, avid golfers.

Around the Area

Hanahan could be considered a bedroom community but also reels in industries in particular warehousing, trucking and distribution.  Small businesses include doctor’s offices, financial planners and real estate agencies. Small-to-moderate-sized shopping centers, many anchored by supermarkets, rim the town. At the same time, large scale commercial developments in North Charleston such as Northwoods Mall and educational centers such as Trident Technical College are as close as a mile away.

While minutes from major employer Boeing, Charleston International Airport and Charleston Air Force Base, the city’s borders stay buffered from Rivers Avenue, Interstate 26 and other high traffic zones.

Homes in Hanahan range from value-priced offerings starting below $200,000 in Tanner Plantation with several national and regional home builders to $500,000 to $1 million or more in newer waterfront enclaves such as Indigo Place. Highland Park touts quaint and cozy retro-style cottages.  Apartment village and townhomes are sprouting in areas not far from Interstate 526, which has an exit straight to Hanahan.

Communities along Yeamans Hall Road and Murray Avenue include sizable houses with hanging oaks and large yards. Hanahan showcases neighborhood schools at the elementary and middle school levels with a regional high school that includes students from Daniel Island and Wando-Cainhoy.



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