For A Love Affair With Life — Charleston!
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Between the fresh scent of magnolias filling the air and tall glasses of sweet tea to refresh the day, Charleston is rich with delights that thrill the senses. Graceful swans and centuries-old camellias lush with blooms populate the Middleton Place gardens ... locally made sweetgrass baskets tote unique handcrafted designs ... and sophisticated galleries showcase works of fine art so exquisite it’s hard to believe they’re inanimate.
Southern culture blends with West African and French influence in this magnificent city, highlighted in the annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens along Museum Mile. From the gazebo in White Point, catch the sunset ablaze over Charleston Harbor to appreciate the scene cruise ship passengers behold as they enter port. Or stroll through Rainbow Row, so named because of the brightly colored houses. Then take a break while relaxing beside Waterfront Park’s whimsical pineapple-shaped fountain.
Dining out in Charleston is a delightful array of country gravy biscuits, potluck ingredients in purloo (red rice), green-tomato sandwiches and shrimp and oysters at restaurants partnered with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Culinary aficionados count Charleston among their favorites — must be the mascarpone and sweet chocolate desserts or the always-in-demand coconut cake.
Charleston SC real estate opens you up to a world of lively history with its City Market — dating back to the mid 1800s — as the center of community flavor and flair. The United States’ first museum is here with an eclectic mix of pottery, prehistoric skeletons and the Kidstory program. And Charleston’s Exchange Provost was once the scene of high society galas and frequent pirate raids!
“Picture perfect” describes so much of Charleston’s architecture that it’s no surprise when snapshots of downtown historical homes pop up in travelogues everywhere. Of course nothing really compares to the interior of the 1808 Nathaniel Russell House with its spiral staircase, twirling ‘round and ‘round like a giant seashell. It’s just one of the countless ways Charleston draws you in, making sure you fall in love anew every day.
The Center of “Proud Traditions”
While the College of Charleston’s alum are familiar with the term “proud traditions,” it’s also a pair of words that beautifully describes the city’s entire scope. Elementary education is top rated, and the Charleston School of Law and The Citadel rank among the best in the nation. The Medical University of South Carolina, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and the East Cooper Regional Medical Center have all been awarded national honors and continue to draw new residents to the area.
Now in its 35th season, the two-week-long, internationally renowned Spoleto Arts Festival and its carnival-like Piccolo Spoleto, with over 500 family friendly events, overflow each spring with excitement and participation. The Spoleto and other major arts festivals make it easy to see why American Style named Charleston one of the nation’s “Top Arts Destinations.”
Soon adding to Charleston’s proud traditions is Boeing’s new 1.2 million-square-foot jet assembly plant in North Charleston, where the Dreamliner — touted as the world’s most luxurious, technologically advanced airplane — will be produced.
Mount Pleasant SC – Real Estate And Homes For Sale
Just off the harbor, community harmony and togetherness continue in Mount Pleasant SC. Real estate puts residents close to the Village Playhouse theatre company and the Maritime Museum, site of the USS Clagamore and the USS Yorktown. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run, over the stunning Arthur Ravenel structure that connects Charleston to this northern suburb, is always a great opportunity to visit Memorial Waterfront Park for smoothies, fishing or just relaxing while pier gazing.
Luxury comes in several options for Mount Pleasant SC homes for sale. There are stately homes at Braemore and Belle Hall, golf properties overlooking the Wando River and Rivertowne Country Club and little slices of tranquility at the Seaside Farm townhomes near Isle of Palms beach. These are just a few of the neighborhoods that have magnificent amenities featuring the finest in architecture, materials and design.
Other pockets of the Charleston area are just as endearing: serene water and canopy tree views in West Ashley, Summerville’s annual Flowertown Festival, the beach at Sullivan’s Island and Blackbaud Stadium, home to the Battery soccer team over in Daniel Island.
Home Sweet Lowcountry Home
Gated estates atop acres of private woods are a peek into what to expect with Charleston SC homes for sale. There are expansive foyers with floor-to-ceiling windows and exquisite French doors that let the sunlight shine through. Coastal views from lakefront decks, comfy wooden swings and quaint picket-fence bridges along cobblestoned creeks are part of Lowcountry living and the serenity it brings. Condos in the Bristol neighborhood share a private marina and have the makings of an opulent hotel. Properties at Harleston Village and in downtown Radcliffborough make fantastic personal homes or rental apartment investments.
Indulging in time to unwind is second nature in the Lowcountry. Kayak through the Blackwater Cypress swamp; or camp by tent, RV or cottage at the dog friendly James Island County Park. Whether you’re an amateur or expert at mackerel or flounder fishing, or at crabbing, the marinas offer neighborly camaraderie that’s based on helping each other and enjoying everything coastal living offers.
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Spoleto Festival photo ©Charleston's The Digitel