Best Places to Live in Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city with a lot to offer.

Here are some of the best neighborhoods to live in, no matter your budget!

Grimball Gates

This gated community is located on Johns Island, and is a laid-back, family friendly neighborhood with over 90 acres of nature preserves, complete with walking trails, boating areas and a sitting area with a gazebo.

It’s also near excellent public and private schools like Porter Gaud. Homes usually start around $550K. See the latest listings here


If you have the budget for it, Downtown is where you want to be. It has a European feel thanks to its hidden alleyways, historic churches and cobble-lined streets, and a very diverse community with plenty of quirky shops, fun cafes, craft breweries and more.

Naturally, it’s extremely walkable, too, and is part of an excellent school district. Homes start at $500k, but can easily climb into the millions depending on the area. See the latest listings here.

Harleston Village

You’ll find Harleston Village to the south of Downtown Charleston. It’s home to Colonial Lake, Historic Charleston City Market, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the College of Charleston, as well as Moultrie Park.

It’s very walkable, and also has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes. You’ll mostly find condos and townhouses here, with prices starting at about $400K. See the latest listings here.

Stiles Point

Stiles Point began as a cotton plantation in the 1700s. Today, it has over 200 state-of-the-art homes, complete with antebellum-style wrap around porches.

Other amenities include baseball fields, a playground, and 5-acre recreation area with tennis courts, with plentiful green space at Stiles Point Plantation Park.

Stiles Point Elementary School is one of the best schools in the area, too. Home start at around $500K. but can reach $800K or more. See the latest listings here.

West Ashley

This budget-friendly neighborhood is west of Downtown Charleston, and holds the title of Charleston’s oldest suburb. It’s home to the only zoo in Charleston, as well as historic plantations and numerous unique boutique shops.

It’s a good option if you’re on a budget, with condos usually starting at between $100-$200K. See the latest listings here.