Daniel island

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Nestled between the Cooper and Wando Rivers, there’s a sprawling 4,000-acre enclave, where lawns are pristine and golf and tennis passions run deep. Some might playfully call it “Stepford,” but Daniel Island, with its undeniable charm, draws young families and those from up north seeking that quintessential neighborhood dream.

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Location of Daniel island

Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island located within the city limits of Charleston, South Carolina. Nestled at the confluence of the Cooper and Wando rivers, it lies roughly 15 miles northeast of downtown Charleston. Separated from the mainland by the Beresford Creek to the west and the Wando River to the east, it also borders the Cooper River to the south. Access to the island is primarily facilitated by Interstate 526, connecting it to both the Charleston Peninsula and North Charleston.

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Master-planned community

The island is thoughtfully designed with a balance of residential, commercial, and recreational spaces, ensuring that residents have everything they need within a short distance.

Perceived exclusivity

The upscale nature of the island might be perceived as exclusive or elitist by some, which could deter those who desire a more down-to-earth environment.

Natural beauty

Nestled between the Cooper and Wando rivers, the island boasts scenic views, waterways, parks, and green spaces, offering residents a tranquil environment.


As with many popular areas, the roads leading to and from Daniel Island can become congested, especially during peak hours.

proximity to charleston

While Daniel Island offers a serene, isolated feel, it’s just a short drive from the historic and cultural hub of downtown Charleston, providing the perfect balance of city life and island living.


If you know, you know. For whatever reason, I-526 is one of the worst interstates that we’ve ever been on. Raining? Good luck. Accident? See you tomorrow. And it’s the only way to access Daniel Island by car.

recreational opportunities

From tennis and golf to kayaking and fishing, Daniel Island offers a myriad of activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Price point

Daniel Island is considered one of the more upscale areas around Charleston, and as such, the cost of living and real estate prices can be higher than other nearby neighborhoods.

high quality of life

With top-notch schools, healthcare facilities, and safe neighborhoods, it’s a preferred location for families and individuals looking for a higher standard of living.


Some feel that Daniel Island lacks cultural and economic diversity due to its upscale nature, which might make it less appealing to those seeking a more varied community.


Everything you need to know about our schools can be found on the GreatSchools.org website.

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Places of Interest

Daniel Island offers a blend of Southern charm with modern conveniences, all set within a rich natural landscape. Here are some of the top things to see and do on Daniel Island: 

Catch a match or a concert at this impressive venue, which hosts the annual Volvo Car Open tennis tournament.

A private membership club offering golf, tennis, and other recreational activities.

Spanning 24 acres, it’s one of the island’s favorite gathering places, with a lake, walking trails, and playground.

This park owned by the City of Charleston is located on the beautiful waterfront of the Wando River. This park features a playground, hiking/walking trails along the riverfront, and a fishing pier. 


Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the many waterways and creeks surrounding the island.

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