North Charleston is the third largest city in South Carolina and in the center of the Charleston Tri-County area occupying parts all three counties. North Charleston is an energized city offering affordable real estate and diverse neighborhoods in proximity to major job centers and Charleston International Airport (CHS). Due to it’s central location and access to major freeways, railways and the Airport the city is home to major employers like Joint-base Charleston, Boeing South Carolina, Cummins Turbo, Mercedes Benz Vans and Robert Bosch to name just a few. The City is also home to the Charleston Area Convention Center and Performing Arts Center, Charleston Southern University and Trident Technical College.
The diversity of North Charleston provides a wide-range of options for residents. The Park Circle neighborhood, designed in the early 20th century by Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm, has become one of the region’s trendiest neighborhoods, where artists, restaurnnteers, entrepreneurs and young families are breathing new life into classic bungalows. The Dorchester County area of the City offers newer master planned communities with amenities, parks and activities.
Things to Do
North Charleston is a hub of activity around the Charleston area. Many of our area Attractions are located in the city but we have expanded on them here with as complete of a list of activities as possible.
There are many Parks located within North Charleston offering a variety of activities and amenities. Our favorites are:
- Wannamaker County Park (including Whirlin’ Waters): nature-oriented park designed for family and group use with access to Whirlin’ Waters that offers seasonal, island-style water play and attractions.
- Park Circle offers sports fields, a community center and the Butterfly Garden with beautiful flower scapes and gardens that are perfect for a picnic.
- Riverfront Park is located on the banks of the Cooper River, surrounded by live oak trees and adjacent to the historic homes once occupied by Naval officers who were stationed on the Charleston Naval Base. The park is open year round and is the host location for many events including the 4th of July Festival.
- Wescott Park: One of the Lowcountry’s premier baseball and softball facilities, Wescott Park offers a prime sports and recreation complex for the community including a new premiere aquatics center set to begin construction soon
The City outlines a full list of parks on their Parks and Recreation website.
(Insider tip: The City maintains a list of Special Events on their website. Check it for the most upto date information about events throughout North Charleston.)
If Parks and Recreation activities aren’t enough there are many other attractions in town including:
- The South Carolina Stingrays, a professional Hockey team affiliate with the Washington Capitals. They play in the North Charleston Coliseum.
- The North Charleston Performing Arts Center hosts a concerts, events and plays throughout the year.
- H.L. Hunley was the first successful combat submarine. There are daily tours and a museum.
- The Fire Museum is located near Tanger Outlet mall and offers visitors a glimpse into the life of a firefighter and the changes and advancements that have occurred in fire fighting throughout time.
- Frankie’s Fun Park offers mini-golf, batting cages, a golf driving range and an arcade.
- Carolina Ice Palace offers indoor ice skating and junior Hockey.
(Insider tip: Check out Insider Now Twitter feed for more real time updates of events and activities.)
Dining in North Charleston
The City offers a wide variety of Dining options. In addition to the outstanding restaurants our Insiders have listed on the Charleston Dining Guide we have a few more spots in town we recommend.
There are so many great restaurants near North Charleston. If you have a favorite that isn’t listed here let us know about it on Twitter!
North Charleston is served by both Charleston County School District and Dorchester County District Two depending on area. There are over a dozen schools in North Charleston outlined on GreatSchools.com with a lot of diversity and performance.
(Insider tip: Check with the State of South Carolina Department of Education’s website for yearly report cards.)
Homes and Builders
North Charleston offers many different types of neighborhoods and homes to match your style. Whether you want a fixer upper or a brand new home you can find it here. The Park Circle neighborhood offers both mid-century bungalows that are in the process of being updated. If new construction is what you want then Mixson or the sustainably-minded Oak Terrace Preserve are options and they are still very close to the restaurants and shops on North Charleston’s old main street, Montague Avenue, and to the city’s lovely Riverfront Park.
If a master planned community with top of the line amenities and within close range of various retail centers in the area then there are multiple options. With new high end residential developments like Coosaw Creek and Wescott Plantation, North Charleston has seen rapid growth in the Dorchester County portion of the City between the Ashley River and I-26 and provides great access to many of the important quality of life features our residents value.
2015 Population: 108,304
Median Home Price: $142,000
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