West Ashley is a very quaint, historic, yet modern town on the suburbs of Charleston. It is known for its laid back feel and nostalgic ambiance. It is a sprawling community starting at Highway 17 on the heels of Downtown Charleston and goes out toward the rural Hollywood and Ravenel suburban towns. West Ashley is neighbored by our beautiful barrier islands including James island, Johns Island, Kiawah and Seabrook. It is home to business and residents and it is where Charleston was first founded.
The West Ashley Greenway, a 10-mile protected bicycle and pedestrian spine, connects neighborhoods to the restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the hip Avondale district. There’s also plenty of walking and exploring to do at Charles Towne Landing, a lovely waterfront state park commemorating South Carolina’s first English settlement.
The Crescent has stately brick homes with spacious moss-draped yards, some fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Nearby are the classic ranch-style homes of Old Windemere, and Northbridge. Byrnes Downs’ timeless bungalows are ideal for starter homes or fans of the small house trend.
Things to Do
West Ashley’s central location to downtown Charleston as well as beaches provide easy access to many activities and Attractions around Charleston. Our local Insiders have provide a list of their favorite things to do in town.
- Visit a one of the city Parks
- The city offers several beautiful Parks including West Ashley Park on Glenn McConnell Parkway across from West Ashley High School. It has lighted fields for soccer, baseball and softball, an 18-hole disc golf course, playgrounds, a fishing area, a dog run and a wooded nature trail by the marsh.
- The West Ashley Greenway is a former 10.5 miles long train track that runs parallel to Highway 17 from South Windermere Shopping Center to Johns Island. It is popular with bikers, runners and walkers.
- St. Andrews Park provides lighted sports fields, tennis courts, playground equipment and a swimming pool.
- Picnic or just relax and enjoy the scenery at Northbridge Park along side the Ashley River.
- Go fishing
- The Ashley River or one of the many tidal creeks provides a number of locations to fish within the city including Higgins Pier at the end of the West Ashley bikeway.
- Visit Charles Towne Landing
Residents and visitors will find a number of things to do nearby in downtown or the area. Check out our Charleston Attractions guide for more to do around the area.
Dining in West Ashley
West Ashley’s unique feel has led to some growth in dining options over the last few years. Residents have many choices within a 10 minute drive so resterauteers in West Ashley have stepped up and offer a lot of unique down home options. Our Insiders have captured our favorites.
(Insider tip: Downtown and other area Dining options abound so if you are looking for a world-class, award winning restaurant you will find it in our Dining guide.)
West Ashley is devoted to bringing in the voices of the community to make sure that the development and revitalization taking place in the area address the concerns and hopes of the residents who live here.
A great opportunity to get involved is with the West Ashley Revitalization project. The project has a full steering committee and is transparent. For more information of the planning and growth of West Ashley visit their website.
West Ashley is located within the Charleston County School District and covers a large diverse population. We partnered with GreatSchools.org to provide a complete list of all the schools in the West Ashley suburb.
(Insider tip: Check with the State of South Carolina Department of Education’s website for yearly report cards.)
Homes and Builders
As the original “suburb” to Charleston, West Ashley provides a mix of mid-century subdivisions graced with the character and solid construction of days gone-by, as well as newer developments further south down Highway 17 in the Bee’s Ferry and Shadowmoss areas. Newer homes by Ashton Woods are available in Marsh View Commons, Mungo Homes offers Magnolia Bluff and Pulte at Carolina Bay. The Crescent has stately brick homes with spacious moss-draped yards, some fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Nearby are the classic ranch-style homes of Old Windemere, and Northbridge. Byrnes Downs’ timeless bungalows are ideal for starter homes or fans of the small house trend.
2015 Population: 70,044
Median Home Price: $200,000
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