James Island Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

As is common in the Lowcountry, James Island isn’t out in the ocean but borders sounds and rivers that would make it inaccessible without crossing water. The community, which joined together in places to form its own town in the past few years, sits southwest of Charleston proper as a bedroom village. James Island touts a population of more than 10,000, and it’s traversed by numerous thoroughfares. But the town saw its access jump immeasurably in the 1990s with completion of the James Island Connector tying together Folly Road and peninsula Charleston. The roundish village spans from the edge of Charleston on the north to Folly Beach on the south. At its eastern extreme, the island stands a couple of miles from Sullivan’s Island and borders partially submerged Morris Island Lighthouse. Other James Island attractions include the S.C. Marine Resources Center and Charleston Municipal Golf Course.

Area Highlights


Young couples, medical students, educated, old school, upwardly mobile, store owners, well-to-do retirees.


Established apartment homes, secluded waterside mini-mansions, cozy neighborhoods, variety of designs, value prices, limited government.


Close to beach, shopping at small-to-moderate sized retailers, dining out at casual haunts, soccer moms and dads, fishing and boating fans.

You'll Love

County park, waterslides, creeks and rivers, artsy movie screens, woodsy ambiance, brand-new rentals, eco-friendly home communities.

Perfect For

Start-up buyers, start out families, singles, golfers, watercraft aficionados, runners, surfers.

Around the Area

James Island can be considered a suburb because of its proximity to Charleston, but the community also offers a more remote island appeal its creeks, rivers, bays and rural woodlands and marsh. The village ties in not only to Charleston but Johns Island to the south and west and West Ashley on the north. Shopping centers line main drag Folly Road while bordering open places such as McLeod Plantation and its slave cabins not far from the Wappoo Cut bridge. Curvy, scenic Harbor View Road provides one of the best views across to downtown Charleston when crossing the James Island Creek bridge. Largely middle class, James Island showcases pricier waterside neighborhoods such as Riverland Terrace, the high-end Country Club of Charleston and Eastwood overlooking Charleston Harbor. Avenues of oaks overlay Riverland Drive and Fort Johnson Road. Schools include the parent-active James Island Charter High School; James Island and Fort Johnson Middle; and James Island, Harbor View, Stiles Point and Murray-LaSaine elementary schools.


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