WEST ASHLEY

 

West Ashley is one of Charleston's oldest suburban residential areas. This area is comprised of older neighborhoods, green with foliage and larger homes set back on wooded and waterfront lots. Here is the convenience of living only five minutes from downtown Charleston with the feeling of living in the country.

 

U.S. Highway 61 corridor cuts through West Ashley to national historic landmarks such as Magnolia Plantation and Audubon Swamp Gardens. Middleton Place Plantation is famed for its terraced colonial gardens and living history events and Drayton Hall National Trust Historic Site retains one of America’s finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture.

The 660-acre  area where the settlers first arrived ashore along the banks of the Ashley River has been preserved as a state historic site known as Charles Towne Landing; it features Charleston's zoo, plush gardens, and a reproduction seventeenth century sailing vessel among other historical and educational amenities. Surrounding this are many nice neighborhoods in which to live.

Although there are numerous small neighborhoods that are becoming more sought-after, such as Byrnes Downs and Avondale, there are also those with larger estate homes.

 

 

 

 

West Ashley Neighborhoods

  • Air Harbor

  • Albemarle Point

  • Ardmore

  • Asheford Place

  • Ashland Plantation

  • Ashley Forest

  • Ashley Hall Manor

  • Ashley Hall Plantation

  • Ashley Harbor

  • Ashley Towne Landing

  • Ashleyville

  • Avondale

  • Battery Haig

  • Bolton's Landing

  • Byrnes Downs

  • Canterbury Woods

  • Capri Isle

  • Carolina Bay

  • Carolina Terrace

  • Charlestowne Estates

  • Church Creek

  • Citadel Woods

  • Croghan Landing

  • Dogwood

  • Drayton on the Ashley

  • East Oak Forest

  • Edgewater Park

  • Forest Lakes

  • Geddes Hall

  • Governor's Point

  • Grand Oaks Plantation

  • Harrison Acres

  • Heathwood

  • Hickory Farms

  • Hickory Hill

  • Hunt Club

  • Huntington Woods

  • Hutton Place

  • Indigo Point

  • Isle De Nemours

  • Lenevar

  • MacLaura Hall

  • Marsh Cove

  • Maryville

West Ashley Neighborhoods

  • McLaura Bluff

  • Melrose

  • Memminger Hall

  • Middleborough Estates

  • Moreland

  • Northbridge Terrace

  • Old Towne Acres

  • Orange Grove Estates

  • Orange Grove Shores

  • Orleans Woods

  • Parkshore

  • Parkshore 3

  • Parkwood Estates

  • Pierpont

  • Pinecrest Gardens

  • Pinepoint

  • Ponderosa

  • Providence Commons

  • Rice Hollow

  • Rotherwood Estates

  • Saint Andrews

  • Sandhurst

  • Savannah (The)

  • Schieveling Plantation

  • Shadowmoss Plantation

  • Sherwood Forest

  • South Windermere

  • Springfield

  • Stone Creek

  • Stono Park

  • Sunday Hill

  • Sylvan Shores

  • The Crescent

  • Village Green

  • Wappoo Heights

  • Wapoo Shores

  • Washington Park

  • Wespanee Plantation

  • West Ashley Plantation

  • West Oak Forest

  • Westwood

  • Windermere

The Crescent

Nestled between 17, Porter Gaud private school, and Wappoo Creek,this neighborhood has well-defined borders and is certainly the star of this side of Charleston when it comes to lovely private homes on large wooded lots. Walk to the nearby shopping center of South Windermere across the street for your cup of Starbucks, your office supplies, or wholesome food at the market. A small theatre is also located in this nearby area, so need to drive at all. The streets here are quiet with entrances insuring that there is no thru traffic.

This area was established in the late 1920's and therefore has mature trees on estate sized lots with spacious homes. Because of the location desirability with an established neighborhood with large homes, many people pay top dollar to buy a property to then completely rehabilitate the home. Students who live in the Crescent can walk to Porter-Gaud School (a private school), or attend the public schools for this neighborhood of St. Andrews Elementary, West Ashley Middle and West Ashley High School.

Avondale

Moreland

A small private neighborhood bordering the Ashley River just over the Ashley River Bridge, neighbors appreciate the quiet of these streets. Homes are smaller than those found in the Crescent even after renovations.

Windermere

Part of South Windermere consists of waterfront or marshfront properties, and these homes are larger and more expensive. Most of the homes in South Windermere are one story ranch style houses that were originally built in the 50's with many of the original owners still enjoying this comfortable neighborhood.

 

The South Windermere shopping area includes a Starbucks, Earth Fare, Staples, Urbana Nirvana among boutique bakeries and stationery shops. There is a wide variety of price points in South Windermere & Windermere making the neighborhood very diverse and desireable.

Public schools for this neighborhood are St. Andrews Elementary, West Ashley Middle and West Ashley High School.

 

Shadowmoss - Grand Oaks

 Go down the road another half mile and turn right to find Avondale, another popular neighborhood for young couples who enjoy renovating these older brick homes which still have lots of character and usually lovely hardwood floors.

Public Schools for Byrnes Down & Avondale are St. Andrews Elementary, West Ashley Middle School, and West Ashley High School.

Byrnes Down

Shadowmoss & Grand Oaks are larger neighborhoods comprised of various smaller pocket neighborhoods within the confines.  Shadowmoss winds around the Shadowmoss Golf Course while Grand Oaks is offering a lot of recreational public space.

 

Wappoo Heights

Byrnes Downs is situated just off Savannah Highway just a half mile from the Ashley River Bridge in close proximity to Downtown Charleston, shopping, schools and hospitals. Homes here are from the 50's with many small brick homes on average sized lots. These "starter homes" are occupied by young families as well as retired couples, and has become more desireable recently because of the cute homes in a friendly environment. The prices have always been a bit higher per square foot here because of location and convenience.

Public Schools for Byrnes Down & Avondale are St. Andrews Elementary, West Ashley Middle School, and West Ashley High School.

Wappoo Heights is made up of a few streets just off Folly Road situated next to South Windermere Shopping Center. The neighborhood consists of large homes with renovations occurring throughout the area.  The prices in Wappoo Heights are slightly less than the homes across Folly Road in the Crescent, but the address is still prestigious.

The public schools for this neighborhood are St. Andrews Elementary, West Ashley Middle and West Ashley High School.

Edgewater Park

JAMES ISLAND AND WEST ASHLEY CONDOMINIUMS

On James Island, there are also many apartment buildings that have been renovated and turned into condominiums as well as new condo properties. The conversions typically are less soundproof and therefore usually less expensive. The Albemarle and Arboretum  are in West Ashley and were built as condos. The Regatta, Retreat, and Mira Vista  are on James Island.  

These condos are just five minutes across the Ashley River from historic Charleston, James Island offers a feel of the country close to the heart of downtown and features James Island County Park with its climbing towers, paddling courses, skating boulevards, and biking paths, the outdoor adventures abound with a municipal golf course, numerous public boat ramps and the fishing pier and surf of Folly Beach nearby where Oceanfront Villas offers condo lovers views of the ocean at the beach.

James Island condominiums offer all the advantages of the island location with maintenance-free lifestyle. At Wappoo Creek Place, just minutes from downtown Charleston, units have stunning views of sunsets over the intracoastal waterway. With private garage, gated patios, and separate living room, dining room and sunroom. 

Wappoo Landing condominiums, built in 2003, feature similar gorgeous marsh views along the intracoastal waterway, as well as tile bathrooms, wood floors up and downstairs, stainless steel appliances, a private garage and a community dock on Wappoo Creek. 

Mira Vista condominiums offer crown moldings, ten-foot ceilings, and a swimming pool, this stylish community. Originally apartments converted to condos, the lack of building standards showed the results of environmental stress quickly and in 2012 were negotiating extensive repairs for the complex. Roofs and flashings seem to be the most prevalent problems.

Edgewater Park, a prestigious island community of approximately 150 homes surrounded by Coburg Creek, The Intra-Coastal Waterway, and the Stono River. There is an exclusive boat dock for the neighborhood.

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