North Charleston Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

One of South Carolina’s largest cities, North Charleston encompasses the international airport, air base, coliseum and former Naval base property as well as dozens of working class and upscale neighborhoods .

The community stretches from the affordable Neck area to sprawling Wescott Plantation, taking in parts of two counties. Yet North Charleston, which counts more than 97,000 people, remains underexposed in terms of residential highlights, only recently gaining trendy exposure extending from its hip, artistic Park Circle neighborhood.

What was once known as the North Area or Charleston Heights didn’t incorporate until the early 1970s and cobbled together miles of properties since then with annexations between the Ashley and Cooper rivers. The area’s residential roots date to the early 1900s, when plans were made for the housing to support the new Charleston Naval Base. Park Circle was crafted by the noted Olmsted Brothers, designers of Central Park and the Biltmore House, in the early 1900s.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Diverse, working class, young professionals, newcomers, seniors, businesspeople, classic car collectors.

Market

Mall and big box stores, chain restaurants, ethnic cuisine, strip shopping centers, bungalows, craftsman style homes, larger waterside big and wood frame houses, sprawling residences on golf courses, value apartments.

Lifestyle

Laid back, suburban, trendy in places, comfortable, affordable.

You’ll Love

Entertainment at coliseum, convention center and performing arts center; plenty of places to shop; artisan nooks.

Perfect for

Startup families, retirees, diverse homebuyers, renters.

Around the Area

North Charleston annually leads the state in retail tax revenues, and its business culture from Northwoods Mall to Rivers Avenue car dealerships stands out. The city also grabs transportation routes from Charleston International Airport to the Amtrak station, once toying with a marketing pitch as the “Hub of the Lowcountry.” Interstate 26 and 526 both run through North Charleston.

More recently, North Charleston gained stature as the site of major companies. Boeing’s sprawling campus and many outparcels are in North Charleston, employing thousands of workers. Daimler Sprinter vans plant stands just outside in Ladson at Palmetto Commerce Park.

The waterside wedge that’s the Charleston Naval Base wedge on the Cooper River is gradually converting to Gen X-ey shops and offices. Academic Magnet High School and Charleston School of the Arts are based in North Charleston near the neotraditional Oak Terrace Preserve.

Numerous city neighborhoods tout affordable decades old brick, wood frame and synthetic sided homes. Newer communities pop upalong U.S Highway 78, Dorchester Road, the new Palmetto parkway and North Rhett Avenue. Ashley River-side communities include Reverie on the Ashley condos and long-standing Wando Woods, Covington Hills and Evanston Estates.

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