James Island real estate is especially popular among locals because of its laid back atmosphere and its independently owned shops and restaurants. Sure, you'll find some big chain stores like Chick-fil-A and Walmart, but most residents prefer the local businesses that have a character all their own. If you like outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, boating, walking, or rock climbing, you will find lots to do without ever having to leave the island. Or, if you want a day full of shopping or sightseeing, downtown Charleston is just a few minutes away.

James Island Pros:

  • Closest suburb to downtown Charleston
  • Less traffic than other Charleston suburbs
  • Minutes to Folly Beach
  • Good public schools
  • Ideal water access for boating
  • Large selection of newer condos and renovated older brick houses

James Island Cons:

  • Fewer new construction houses available
  • Higher home prices due to high demand from buyers

James Island Real Estate Listings

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$110,000 - 7311 - 1755 Central Park Rd, Charleston -

$110,000
Regatta On James Island
Charleston, SC
1 br, 1 ba, 663 ft², built 2006 Townhouse
Type
Townhouse
1
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
SQ. Feet
663 ft²
Subdivision
Regatta On James Island
Year Built
2006
Acres
-
MLS® #
1415468

Exceptionally Cared For And Quiet Top-floor Unit Overlooking Wooded Area In Gated James Island Co...mmunity. The Building Has An Elevator, And This Unit Comes With Its Own Deeded Parking Space That Is Covered (no Searching For A Place To Park!). Only 5 Minutes To Downtown Charleston And 10 Minutes To Folly Beach. Kitchen Features Stainless Steel Appliances, Quartz Countertops, Tile Floors And A Recently Upgraded...

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$115,000 - 1084 Fort Johnson Rd, Charleston -

$115,000
James Island
Charleston, SC
2 br, 1 ba, 690 ft², built 1965 Single Family
Type
Single Family
2
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
SQ. Feet
690 ft²
Subdivision
James Island
Year Built
1965
Acres
-
MLS® #
1404436

This Home Is Situated On A Large James Island Lot, But Zoned In The City Of Charleston(sr-1 Zone,... Minimum Of 9,000 Sqft Per Lot). Perfect For A First Time Home Buyer Or Investor. With A Very Simple Floor Plan And Solid Structure, Upgrades And Renovations For This Home Would Be Easy. This City Of Charleston Lot Could Also Be Sub-divided Allowing More Home Sites Per Acre Than The Surrounding City Of James Island...

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$120,000 - C3 - 252 Howle Ave, James Island -

$120,000
Pecan Grove
James Island, SC
2 br, 1½ ba, 1,040 ft², built 1985 Townhouse
Type
Townhouse
2
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
SQ. Feet
1040 ft²
Subdivision
Pecan Grove
Year Built
1985
Acres
-
MLS® #
1415198

Great Location!!! Close To Everything From The Beach To Downtown Charleston. Minutes From Grocery... Stores, Entertainment, Shopping, Restaurants And The Local Golf Course!! This 2 Story Townhome On James Island Is Move In Ready And Exactly What You're Looking For! The Downstairs Living Area Is Spacious With A Nice Eat In Kitchen. Upstairs Has Two Large Bedrooms And Very Nice Bathroom. It Also Sports A Private...

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$123,499 - B - 294 Fleming Rd, Charleston -

$123,499
Cross Creek
Charleston, SC
2 br, 1½ ba, 1,126 ft², built 1980 Townhouse
Type
Townhouse
2
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
SQ. Feet
1126 ft²
Subdivision
Cross Creek
Year Built
1980
Acres
-
MLS® #
1413455

You Will Love The Convenience Of This Location. Easily Get To Where You Need To Be, With Great Ac...cess To Hwys. 17 & 61, And The Ji Connector. Errands Are Made Easy With The P.o., Many Banks And Great Shopping Close By. You're Nearly Adjacent To Maybank Tennis Center, A Mile From The County Park, A Mile From The Pour House & Terrace Theatre, And Minutes From Folly Beach. Well-built In 1980, This Townhome (not...

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$135,000 - 4105 - 700 Daniel Ellis Dr, Charleston -

$135,000
The Peninsula
Charleston, SC
1 br, 1 ba, 765 ft², built 1998 Condominium
Type
Condominium
1
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
SQ. Feet
765 ft²
Subdivision
The Peninsula
Year Built
1998
Acres
-
MLS® #
1414495

Location Location Location! 5 Minutes From Musc And Downtown Charleston! This Freshly Painted, Sp...acious, 1 Bedroom Condo Is Steps From The Marsh Overlooking The Peninsula And Completely Move In Ready! Nicely Updated With Wood-laminate Floors Throughout, New Butcher Block Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances And New Paint From Top To Bottom. This Unit Comes With A Garage, And Use Of All The Amenities (walking...

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Living on James Island SC

 

James Island Food and Entertainment - This suburb has a wonderful selection of independently owned restaurants and local chains. There are too many good choices to name them all, but some of our favorites include Smoky Oak BBQ, Bohemian Bull, The Mustard Seed, L.D.O.B., and Kickin' Chicken. You can also find some big chains like Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A.

melvins bbq james island scterrace movie theater james island

You will find two movie theaters - the Carmike (located on Central Park Road) and the Terrace on Maybank Highway (dedicated to independent and smaller-budget films). If you're looking for an IMAX theater, there are 2 options within a 10 minute drive: the Hippodrome in downtown Charleston and the Citadel Mall in West Ashley.

climbing wall james island county park

The James Island County Park has more than 600 acres of paved walking trails, intramural fields, picnic areas, a new playground, and a dock for fishing and crabbing. Annual passes are very affordable (about $15 for Charleston County residents) and grant you access to all other county parks throughout Charleston. The James Island park offers more recreational options at an additional cost, such as the climbing wall (it's the largest in South Carolina, measuring 50 feet tall). The Splash Zone Waterpark is usually open from the beginning of May to early September. Since most James Island neighborhoods don't have swimming pools as amenities, this is a nice option for families with younger kids. Here you can also enjoy the best dog park in tri-county Charleston. In November and December each year, the park features one of the best holiday light displays in South Carolina. People come from all over the state to drive through the Holiday Festival of Lights and take advantage of its events like the Fun Run & Walk, Gingerbread Competition, and train rides.

country club of charleston on james island

2 Golf Courses on James Island - The Charleston Municipal Golf Course has been open to the public since it was established in 1929. As it's called by locals, "The Muni" is especially good for first timers and players who are still new to the sport. Featuring one of Charleston's most affordable games of golf, it's no wonder that more than 60,000 rounds are played each year at this course. 

The Country Club of Charleston is a members-only club and is the closest golf course to downtown. From its location on the Intracoastal Waterway, there are spectacular views of the marshes and Charleston Harbor. Real estate in Country Club is perhaps the priciest on all of James Island since it's the only true golf course community on the island.  

James Island's Water Access - Boating is an extremely popular pastime on James Island because it has some of the easiest water access you will find in Charleston. James Island has the most public boat landings of any suburb, so you don't have to own a private dock or live in a neighborhood with boat facilities in order to enjoy boating. The Riverland Terrace Public Boat Landing is located at the back of the island and tends to be less crowded.  The Wappoo Cut Boat Landing is technically on the West Ashley side of the water, but it has plenty of parking space and perhaps the best location (just minutes from Charleston Harbor). Another good public landing is off Sol Legare Road which puts you right onto the Stono River.

James Island Schools

In Charleston County, the James Island public schools are second only to Mt. Pleasant. For more info on public school rankings in Charleston, GreatSchools.com is a good resource. Also, check out Charleston County School District. You'll find 4 public elementary schools on James Island (Harbor View, James Island Elementary, Murray-LaSaine, Stiles Point) and two middle schools (Fort Johnson and James Island Middle).

stiles point elementary schooljames island charter high school

James Island Charter High School serves all James Island residents. This was actually the first high school in the state to convert to charter status. With more than 1,500 students, it's now the largest charter high school in the southeast. All students are encouraged to choose among four majors in order to help narrow their search for a future career: Arts and Humanities; Business and Information Systems; Engineering, Industrial, and Manufacturing Techonologies; and Health, Human, and Public Services.

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The high school offers students a wide range of clubs and after school activities. In addition to the usual marching band and ROTC programs that you'll find at most public high schools, James Island Charter also has Yoga, Engineering, Sailing, Surfing, and French. You'll even find The Green Team, which is an environmentally conscious group dedicated to recycling and raising awareness about various environmental issues.

The athletic program at James Island Charter is also quite good. It offers traditional sports like football and basketball as well as those that are becoming more and more popular in public and private schools, such as golf and field hockey. James Island is also one of only a handful schools in Charleston that offers competition cheerleading.

James Island Homes for Sale

James Island offers a mix of residential homes amongst small commercial sites, giving residents easy shopping without the traffic, noise, and congestion that accompany large scale outlets. A variety of big-name stores including Lowe's, Wal-Mart, and Harris Teeter intermingle with doctors' offices and other small businesses. Virtually all shopping can done quickly and efficiently without ever having to leave the island. Numerous locally owned and operated restaurants span the range from local seafood and vegetarian fare to nationally recognized hamburger stands.

For those interested in one-of-a-kind boutique shopping and fine dining, however, downtown Charleston is only a quick drive over the Connector. Less than ten minutes will put you on Hwy 17 South towards the Citadel Mall, on Highway 17 North towards Mount Pleasant, or on I-26 towards Northwoods Mall or the Tanger Outlets.

The location of James Island is second-to-none for home buyers wanting the convenience of small town living with the benefits of living next to a large city. The mix of James Island SC homes for sale, townhouses, and condos in this area also make it an excellent choice for those looking to downsize and simplify their lives, or for those interested in purchasing viable rental property. With the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Charleston School of Law just across the harbor, this is always a popular place to call home for students.

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