New Homes in Charleston SC
Looking for a new home “in” the city of Charleston? You've come to the right place. Whether you are new to the area or a local Charlestonian, Charleston New Homes Guide can help.
Below are helpful links to active new home neighborhoods, available new homes for sale in Charleston, and a quick area overview of Charleston and West Ashley. Scroll further you’ll find an interactive area map showing Charleston neighborhoods with an accompanying chart with direct links to these neighborhoods and their builders. Click on these links to learn more.
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One of the most visited cities in the world, Charleston charms with history, architecture and beauty
City - Charleston, SC
Founded - 1670
Counties Located in - Charleston, Berkeley
Zip Codes - 29401, 29403, 29405, 29407, 29409, 29412, 29414, 29424, 29425, 29455, 29492
Area Codes - 843, 854
Square Miles - 127.5
Elevation - 20 ft
Population - 132,609 (2015)
Density - 1,152/sq. mile
Charleston’s pull is undeniable. The city is a magnet to those desiring to live amidst charming, historic architecture in a lively, moderate-sized city with international appeal. People choosing to live in Charleston range from corporate CEOs to young entrepreneurs to collegiates and postgraduate students studying at the The College of Charleston, The Citadel, or The Medical University of South Carolina.
Charleston’s burgeoning technology cluster has earned the city the moniker of Silicon Harbor. Some of the fastest growing companies in technology are headquartered in the city.
Major employers are the universities and colleges with industrial and manufacturing growth coming from aeronautical and automotive sectors due to the location of Boeing and Volvo in the region. Major health care facilities such as MUSC Health Medical Center and a regional VA Medical Center are significant employers. Charleston’s hospitality and culinary sector attracts world-class chefs and hotel developers.
Choosing Charleston means choosing a city with big-city amenities, historic charm, access to water, and a feeling of urbanity, unlike any other city in the United States. It’s easy to comprehend why more than 44 people a day are relocating here.
The city of Charleston incorporates an Old and Historic District on the peninsula, early 20th century homes and bungalows, as well as new planned unit development neighborhoods at the town’s suburban fringes. New homes in Charleston include condo conversions and in-fill development in the older city and contemporary homes designed in a range of contemporary styles off the peninsula.
Downtown Charleston is situated on a peninsula lying between the Ashley River on the west side and Cooper River on the east side. The land West of the Ashley and East of the Cooper form two distinct regions containing other towns as well as neighborhoods still within Charleston.
Charleston’s peninsula was settled in the late 17th century. From there, the city expanded east, west, and north.
What kind of new homes will I find in historic Charleston?
On the peninsula, new construction condominiums may be found for prices starting from the mid to upper $200s. Single family homes on the peninsula, depending upon location and condition, start from the mid to upper $300s for homes needing renovation. New construction on the peninsula comes at a premium with prices frequently heading into the upper six figures.
Charleston’s signature architectural style is the single-house. All construction in the Old and Historic District is under the purview of the nation’s first Board of Architectural Review, called the BAR.
Homes off the peninsula in suburban Charleston
In the 20th century, home building expanded West of the Ashley and onto James and Johns Islands. Today, much of West Ashley is within the City and much of James Island is a separate town. A large portion of Johns Island is also in the City of Charleston. West Ashley is home to a wide variety of neighborhoods. Most new construction occurs in at the suburban edges of the region or on James and Johns Islands where you will find major national homebuilders like Pulte and Centex constructing new homes.
Other new home construction is taking place in planned neighborhoods along Highway 61 towards Summerville. New construction homes in this area are priced from the mid $200s and up.
Daniel Island which, while lying in Berkeley County, is a neighborhood in the City of Charleston and is covered in a separate entry.
Things to see and do in Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston’s peninsula offers much to see and do. There are carriage, walking and ghost tours of the historic neighborhoods, museums to visit, and live theatre venues where you can take in locally produced plays. The dining scene on the peninsula and across the city is world-renowned, with many award winning restaurants. Sunday shopping on King Street, called Second Sunday on King, the event is a great way to enjoy all the retail offerings as well as see and be seen.
Another favorite family activity in Charleston is going to “The Joe” (Joseph Riley Ballpark) for a South Atlantic League Riverdogs baseball game. Frequent audacious promotions and sightings of Riverdogs co-owner Bill Murray keep the seventh inning stretch lively.
Charleston is known for her amazing parks and public spaces. Access to the water abounds in Charleston with marinas located on the Ashley River and the Cooper River.
Schools in Charleston known for their excellence include Charleston County’s Buist Academy for the Gifted and Talented and several magnet schools for science, technology, engineering and math.
Charleston is the best location for your new home
In real estate the driving phrase is “location, location, location,” and no place is this more true than in Charleston. There is a location for every buyer, whether on in the old and historic district or in a contemporary, planned neighborhood with biking trails and desirable amenities.