Located just a short drive away from downtown Charleston, SC, is James Island. The largely residential area is steeped in history that dates back to before the Revolutionary War. The James Island community is one of the best places in the Charleston area to call home — sandwiched between the beaches of Folly Island and the amenities and activities of downtown Charleston, James Island truly has it all. Besides its 15-minute proximity to Folly Beach and Charleston, James Island is a self-sufficient community with churches, parks, boat landings, schools, grocery and retail shopping, restaurants, a public library, and numerous medical offices all set on a beautiful sea island with pristine natural areas and a rich history.
Neighborhoods in James Island are tucked in among the marshes and situated on tracts of land that were once home to majestic cotton, indigo, and cattle plantations. James Island names, such as Centerville, Secessionville Road, Rivers Point and many others, are retained from history, however far removed it seems today. The area has massive Spanish-moss-draped oak trees, views across the Charleston Harbor overlooking downtown’s High Battery and tidal creeks that afford numerous fishing and boating opportunities.
Whether you are just starting out in life, or looking for a second home or a place to retire to, James Island has real estate for everyone. James Island real estate properties range from small to large with sprawling or abbreviated lawns. Homes with docks and boat launches are available.
As far as amenities go, James Island is home to Starbucks, Earthfare and Publix grocery stores among others, all major regional bank branches, some excellent restaurants, including the Mustard Seed for dinner and Icafano’s deli for lunch, and plenty of parks, the main one being the dog-friendly James Island County Park situated close to the municipal golf course. James Island is also home to Gold’s Gym and the Lowcountry Senior Center.