Top 5 Best Places to Live in Mount Pleasant, SC

Best places to live in Mount Pleasant, SC - Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is located just outside the city limits of Charleston, right across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. As the fourth largest town in South Carolina and the fourth-largest municipality in the Low Country, it was one of the state's fastest-growing areas for several years. In fact, the population of Mount Pleasant doubled in size from 1990 to 2000. The residents of this town have all the amenities of a big city, while still living a small-town life. 

Residents of Mount Pleasant enjoy a dense suburban environment with many owning their own homes. In Mount Pleasant, you can find plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Mount Pleasant is home to many young families and professionals, and residents tend to lean conservative. Local public schools receive high rankings, and the crime rates are low compared to the rest of the state. Browse Mount Pleasant, SC homes for sale.

We understand how hard it can be to find a home in a new city, and many worry that they won't find the right neighborhood for them. Therefore we have compiled a list of the best neighborhoods in Mount Pleasant, SC. We hope that this makes the home buying process a little simpler. Here are our recommendations on the best places to live in Mount Pleasant:

I'on

I'on is a neighborhood located on the western side of Mount Pleasant and is one of the best neighborhoods to live in if you want to cut out using your own car. This neighborhood was designed to be a new urbanist community, therefore it has walkable blocks with housing, shopping, and restaurants within close proximity. It also has easy access to all public spaces. I'on is one of the first new urbanist communities in the country. 

I'on Real Estate

The average listing price of homes in this area is around $1.89 million. Homes are newer but have a colonial style to fit the historical aesthetic of the town. Many fall between 3-6 bedrooms. 

I'on Education

There are several schools located within and nearby the I'on neighborhood:

  • James B. Edwards Elementary School
  • Moultrie Middle School
  • Lucy Beckham High School

There are several alternative schools located within the town limits of Mount Pleasant as well. 

Local Amenities & Activities

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Historical Park is located just outside of Mount Pleasant and offers many activities for all ages. Spanish Island Waterpark is located within the I'on neighborhood and offers many outdoor water activities to beat the heat in spring and summer. They have a shallow pool, fountains, sprays, slides, and even a water chute for families, retirees, and couples to enjoy. 

Boone Hall Plantation is a historic district located in the I'on neighborhood and it is protected by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The most important of the historic structures in this area are the brick slave cabins which are located along Slave Street. These buildings date back to between 1790 and 1810, therefore this is a great area to educate on the history of our nation.

All amenities such as retail, grocery, and beauty shopping can be found within the I'on neighborhood or just outside. Banks, doctor's offices, and much more are readily accessible to residents of I'on. 

Travel To Nearby

  • Charleston, SC - 6 miles via US-17 S (13 min)
  • Kiawah Island, NC - 30.6 miles via State Rd S-10-20 (47 min)
  • West Ashley, NC - 12.3 miles via US-17 S (17 min)
  • Folly Beach, NC - 16.2 miles via State HWY 171 (27 min)

Old Village

The name says it all. Old Village is the most historic neighborhood in Mount Pleasant. This is a higher-end neighborhood just like I'on, but Old Village offers vintage homes with a lot of historical character, and newer developments as well. Charleston's downtown area is just minutes away, as well as Sullivan's Island. Therefore, the beach is not far away and it's easy to get into the downtown area if you have to go to work.

Old Village Real Estate

The homes in this neighborhood are historical, gorgeous, and awe-inspiring. There are a number of new developments, but they all fit the historical aesthetic of the area. The majority of homes in this neighborhood have 3+ bedrooms with at least 2.5 bathrooms. 

A large number of homes in the Old Village neighborhood are single-family homes, but there are condos and townhomes to choose from as well. The average listing price for homes in the Old Village neighborhood is around $2.77 million. 

Old Village Education

There are several public schools located within the Old Village neighborhood, as well as several nearby:

  • Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary School 
  • Moultrie Middle School
  • Lucy Beckham High School

Additionally, there are several private schools located within the neighborhood and in the surrounding area for parents to choose from.

Local Amenities & Activities

Sullivan Island is a popular attraction amongst the residents of Old Village. There, Station 18 Beach is one of the best beaches in the area to frequent and offers a historical lighthouse. Just a short drive from the beach is the Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Historical Park which has some of the original forts made to protect the city of Charleston during the Revolutionary War. 

Residents of Old Village love to go to the Pitt Street Bridge where there is an ample amount of space to exercise, go for a leisurely stroll, or bird watch. In fact, the Pitt Street Bridge is one of the best places to catch glimpses of Egrets, Herons, and Kingfishers while they hunt for food and raise their young. 

Patriot Point Links is located just outside the neighborhood and offers pristine putting greens and a full 18-hole course. Many of the retirees and couples living in Old Village like to spend their spare time enjoying the beauty the golf course brings to the area. 

Travel To Nearby

  • Charleston, SC - 6.5 miles via US-17 S (15 min)
  • Kiawah Island, NC - 30.7 miles via State Rd S-10-20 (48 min)
  • West Ashley, NC - 12.4 miles via I-26 W (18 min)
  • Folly Beach, NC - 16.3 miles via State HWY 171 (28 min)

Dunes West

This neighborhood is a golfer's dream. This neighborhood is certainly one of the best in the Mount Pleasant area. The Dunes West Golf Club and Course run through this neighborhood. The Arthur Hills designed course offers picturesque views as well as some complexity, with Wagner Creek and Wando River flowing throughout the course. This provides wonderful views for golfers and homeowners alike. 

Dunes West Real Estate

There is a mix of both new and older homes in the Dunes West neighborhood, but they all match the historical aesthetic of Mount Pleasant. Most of the homes in this area have 2+ bedrooms and 2+ bathrooms. Structured around the Dunes West Golf Course, many of the homes in this neighborhood sit directly on the golf course or are very close.

The average price of homes in this area is around $877,000. 

Dunes West Education

There are several public schools within the Dunes West neighborhood, as well as in the surrounding area:

  • Carolina Park Elementary School
  • Thomas C Cario Middle School
  • Wando High School

There are several private schools located within the Dunes West neighborhood for parents to choose from as well.

Local Activities & Amenities

Of course, many people move to this neighborhood so they have direct access to the Dunes West Golf Course, as it has pristine greens and amazing views of the Wando River. Other than spending a day on the golf course, residents of Dunes West love to frequent the Laurel Hill County Park which offers hiking trails, biking trails, walking trails, and much much more. This is the perfect place to get some exercise while taking in the beautiful scenery. 

The Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens is just outside the neighborhood and is a working plantation established in 1681 and it is known for its moss-draped Avenue Of Oaks and slave cabins. This is a great place to take in the history of the area and learn about the historical foundations of the country. 

All daily living amenities can be found either inside the Dunes West neighborhood or just outside. Retail, beauty, and grocery shopping are never far away. Banks, doctor's offices, schools, and much more are all at the fingertips of the residents living in Dunes West.

Travel To Nearby

  • Charleston, SC - 17.1 miles via US-17 S (31 min)
  • Kiawah Island, NC - 41.3 miles via State Rd S-10-20 (1 hr 4 min)
  • West Ashley, NC - 23 miles via US-17 S (34 min)
  • Folly Beach, NC - 26.9 miles via State HWY 171 (44 min)

Rivertowne

Rivertowne is home to the first-ever Arnold Palmer signature course in Charleston and the Rivertowne Country Club. This community has some of the best homes in Mount Pleasant. There is a vast array of property types to choose from, which makes Rivertowne one of the most diverse neighborhoods. This community is located along the Wando River and offers private docks for homeowners to keep their boats safe. This community has homes on either end of the price spectrum, which means there is something for everyone here. 

Rivertowne Real Estate

The real estate opportunities in this neighborhood are almost endless. From ranch-style minimalistic homes to grandiose sprawling estates, there is something for everyone in the Rivertowne neighborhood. 

Homes range in size from 1 bedroom to 6 bedrooms, but they all sit on spacious lots to provide a sense of privacy to homeowners. The vast majority of homes in this neighborhood are owned, and a small percentage are rentals. 

The average listing price of homes in this neighborhood is around $877,000. 

Rivertowne Education

There are several public schools in the neighborhood of Rivertowne:

  • James B. Edwards Elementary School
  • Moultrie Middle School
  • Lucy Beckham High School

There are several private schools for parents to choose from in the area surrounding Rivertowne. 

Local Activities & Amenities

Many people choose to move to the Rivertowne neighborhood so that they have the ability to golf to their heart's content on an Arnold Palmer designed course. This beautifully designed course never disappoints the homeowners of Rivertowne. 

Charleston Fun Park is just outside the Rivertowne community and offers many outdoor activities for all ages. Go-karts, paintball, rock climbing, and mini-golf are just a few of the exciting activities offered here. Residents love being able to enjoy their day at the fun park. 

All daily living amenities are located in and around the Rivertowne neighborhood. There are a plethora of restaurants and shopping areas to frequent. All grocery shopping, banks, doctor's offices, etc are located just a short drive away. 

Travel To Nearby

  • Charleston, SC - 17.1 miles via US-17 S (31 min)
  • Kiawah Island, NC - 41.3 miles via State Rd S-10-20 (1 hr 4 min)
  • West Ashley, NC - 23 miles via US-17 S (34 min)
  • Folly Beach, NC - 26.9 miles via State HWY 171 (44 min)

Carolina Park

Another one of Mount Pleasant's favorite neighborhoods is Carolina Park. Due to the numerous new home being constructed by both local and national builders, this neighborhood is quickly becoming one of the most significant in the area. The homes are moving quickly since the market is so hot. Many of the properties of Carolina Park are within easy walking distance or biking distance to all the amenities a family could ask for. That is part of what makes this area so desirable for prospective homeowners. 

Carolina Park Real Estate

The Carolina Park neighborhood has many new homes to choose from, and a few older ones. The houses offered here are 3+ bedrooms with at least 2+ bathrooms. Prospective buyers can choose from a plethora of layouts, from ranch style to colonial. Whichever is chosen, all the homes match the historical aesthetic of Mount Pleasant. 

The average listing price of homes in Carolina Park is around $825,000.

Carolina Park Education

There are several public schools within and surrounding the Carolina Park neighborhood:

  • Charles Pinckney Elementary School
  • Carolina Park Elementary School
  • Thomas C. Cario Middle School
  • Wando High School

There are several private schools located in Mount Pleasant for parents to choose from as well. 

Local Activities & Amenities

The Carolina Park Soccer Fields are located within the community and offer residents an area to play sports, enjoy a picnic, and watch the beautiful sunsets. Charleston National Golf Club is located just a short drive away and offers so much more than just a day on the greens. They offer golf lessons, tournaments, a VIP program, and they even have a restaurant. 

When residents want to get out of town for the day, Onslow Beach and Topsail Beach are just a short trip away. This neighborhood offers close proximity to some of the most sought-after beaches in South Carolina. There is also direct access to hiking trails through the wetlands in Carolina Park. 

There is a hospital, three churches, a fire and police station, and a public library for residents in the Carolina Park community. This neighborhood was designed so that all of its residents can walk or bike to all necessary amenities. Therefore anything a resident of Carolina Park would need are at their fingertips. 

Travel To Nearby

  • Charleston, SC - 15.5 miles via US-17 S (27 min)
  • Kiawah Island, NC - 39.7 miles via State Rd S-10-20 (59 min)
  • West Ashley, NC - 21.4 miles via US-17 S (30 min)
  • Folly Beach, NC - 25.3 miles via State HWY 171 (40 min)

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