Summerville Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Call Summerville the “Flower Town in the Pines,” summer retreat for Charleston’s well-to-do, birthplace of sweet iced tea, the home of the winningest high school football coach. They all apply. At the same time, the “town” of 45,000 is a sprawling suburb extending into three counties and ground zero for a series of master-planned communities. Located about 25 miles northwest of Charleston’s downtown, Summerville’s roots date back to the 1700s but its growth as a central community emerged in the late 19th century. The town’s population still hadn’t past 3,000 as of 1960. Today the town’s Main Street area touts shops and stores in historic buildings. Summerville is the largest city in Dorchester County and takes in as far north as Jedburg Road. It also branches into Berkeley County on the east and a sliver of Charleston County to the south. Interstate 26 and Berlin G. Myers Parkway are main roads.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Small business owners, homespun, start-up families, active adults, empty nesters, garden buffs.


Large share of new-homes neighborhoods sporting amenities, older and historic homes downtown, golf courses, lower-than-average prices, moderate taxes.


Friendly neighbors, easy going, community pride, plenty of shopping plazas, growing shares of restaurants and entertainment, strong recreational image.

You'll Love

Quiet downtown, talented school sports team, educational achievements, thoroughfare improvements.

Perfect For

Young families, people wanting to live away from the city, smart town fans, buyers on a budget.

Around the Area

Greater Summerville fits into three categories: the lush and wooded downtown sector that counts town hall, churches and colonial style homes; both older and new neighborhoods and shopping centers along thoroughfares such as Dorchester, Old Trolley, and Ladson roads; and newer or brand-new mega-villages at Cane Bay and Carnes Crossroads to the east, Nexton off I-26’s 199 exit to the just starting East Edisto development from MWV (MeadWestvaco) on the town’s west end. A draw about Summerville is that prices are typically lower than most other suburban sectors in greater Charleston. Most major home builders in the Lowcountry have at least one new-homes neighborhood in greater Summerville. Three- and four-bedroom homes start in the $150,000s, most houses except downtown are less than $500,000. A host of industries including Scout Boats and Zodiac are off U.S. Highway 78 to the north. Just south of town is Palmetto Commerce Park with major employers such as Daimler and Shimano and, to the southwest, Robert Bosch auto supplier. Old Fort Dorchester County Park is one of the visitor sites; historic gardens off S.C. Highway 61 stand nearby. Dorchester School District II is among the most sought after, marked by Summerville, Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge high schools and Rollings School of the Arts.

Retail plazas such as Azalea Square grace the outskirts. The town draws beyond its official limits, far-flung places such as Cane Bay and Wescott listed in Summerville.

Newer properties run west to S.C. Highway 61, north to Jedburg and Ridgeville, east to Carnes Crossroads off U.S. Highway 176 and south to the Ladson Road area.

The town’s population jumped sixfold in 20 years from 3,839 in 1970 to 22,519 in 1990; it’s now around 45,000; the Berkeley County part of Summerville is on the town’s east side which it crosses into Charleston County along Gahagan and Jamison roads.



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