Downtown

Welcome to...

Downtown Charleston
"The Peninsula"

Visitors often come for Charleston’s deep-rooted history and timeless structures, but ask anyone who calls this place home, and they’ll proudly speak of endless streets bursting with culinary treasures. Between the whispering palm trees, the rhythmic patter of cobblestones underfoot, and church steeples etching the horizon, you’ll feel an undeniable pull to discover every corner, again and again.

As for Downtown Charleston, especially the area north of the crosstown, it’s a canvas of rejuvenation. Here, homes and businesses aren’t just buildings; they’re stories. And as its allure grows, this gem of a neighborhood is becoming more coveted, where demand is high and spaces are a treasure.

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location of Downtown Charleston

Charleston is set on a peninsula between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers. These rivers converge at the tip of the peninsula to form Charleston Harbor before meeting the Atlantic Ocean.

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Stunning Real estate

From history-rich antebellum homes to new and modern residences, there’s something for every taste. 

Flooding

Yes, we are surrounded by water which = flooding. Even during a rainstorm, there will be flooding. Be sure to check which areas get it the worst!

Walkability

Explore most of the city by foot (or by bike!) Wherever you are downtown, you’re close to something that’s great!

Tourist Trap

Certain parts of Downtown – mainly South of Broad and King Street can be incredibly busy with tourists…year round. 

Views for days

So many incredible locations downtown to relax and just take in the view! The Peninsula is surrounded by water!

Parking

Parking can be a pain…and EXPENSIVE! So be prepared.

Incredible food

Big foodie like me? You’ve just found your slice of heaven. The culinary scene in this city is hard to beat and it’s always changing! So much to try, so little time. 

Small Lots

Considering it’s a Downtown area, the lot sizes can be smaller than in other parts of Charleston. Large yards aren’t really a thing when you’re downtown. 

Vibrant City

Although a small(er) city, it remains vibrant with culture. CofC and The Citadel bring a life of fresh energy into the downtown areas.

College Kids

Charleston is home to the College of Charleston and The Citadel, both Downtown. During the school season, you’ll feel the inundation of students moving back into the city.

Schools

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

Pre-K, Elementary, Public

Elementary, Middle, Public

Pre-K, Elementary, Public

Pre-K, Elementary, Public

Middle – Public

Pre-K, Elementary, Public

Pre-K – Elementary – Middle – Public

Places of Interest

So many things to see and do in Downtown Charleston! The opportunities are endless! Here are some of our favorites:

A great place to relax, enjoy the fountains, and take in the harbor views.

A walk through Downtown Charleston feels like a step back in time with its cobblestone streets, historic mansions, and ancient oaks draped with Spanish moss.

This series of thirteen colorful historic houses is one of the most photographed spots in Charleston.

An iconic landmark, it offers panoramic views of Fort Sumter, the Charleston Harbor, and the Ravenel Bridge.

Known for its shopping, dining, and nightlife, this is divided into three areas: Upper King (design and dining), Middle King (fashion), and Lower King (antiques). Not to mention some of the best food in the country sprinkled throughout. 

A historic market complex spanning four city blocks. Here, local vendors sell everything from sweetgrass baskets to local foods and artworks.

Stroll and marvel at the historic churches, often referred to as the “Holy City” due to its historic churches, including St. Philip’s and St. Michael’s.

Check out The Charleston Museum, the Gibbs Museum of Art, and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.

Visit homes like the Aiken-Rhett House or the Nathaniel Russell House to get a sense of antebellum life.

One of Charleston’s largest and most beloved parks. Nestled in the heart of the city, this 60-acre park is a green oasis and offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors and locals alike.

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