Want to live as close to the beach as possible? Who wouldn't! We talk to so many buyers (especially those relocating) who have dreamed of living near the beach.
Mount Pleasant is a fantastic suburb to consider for this lifestyle since most of its homes are within 5 to 15 minutes of 2 of Charleston's best beaches (Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms).
If you want to live within biking distance of the beach, these are the neighborhoods you'll want to consider. Just click on the neighborhoods to view current listings, pricing, community photos, school info, and more!
Bike to Isle of Palms via the Connector in Mt. Pleasant
You'll find mostly single family homes in this category. Living near the Isle of Palms Connector is ideal for easy beach access, and it also gives you a central location in Mt. Pleasant that puts you within walking or biking distance to tons of shops and restaurants. It's a win-win situation for commuters, beach goers, shoppers, movie critics, and foodies looking for convenience.
Seaside Farms is located where the IOP Connector intersects Rifle Range Road, giving it perhaps the best location for a bike ride to the ocean. The most desirable homes back up to the community lake or to woods for added privacy and scenic views. Plus, the community has a pool.
Sweetgrass also offers community lakes, and these homes are in high demand from buyers since they're the most affordable type of waterfront real estate in Mount Pleasant. It tends to be more affordable than Seaside Farms.
Hidden Lakes is set up so that 4 streets border 2 nicely sized lakes. Full amenities include a pool, tennis, basketball, club house, play park, and storage for boat trailers.
Ravens Run is the most expensive of these 4 neighborhoods. Its gated entrance and community and landing strip for small aircraft make for some of the priciest HOA fees in Mount Pleasant, but you'll find gorgeous custom built homes (like the one pictured) and expansive marsh views.
Oyster Point's location off Six Mile Road also makes it a contender for this list, but know that this would be a much longer bike ride. However, we wanted to include this option since it's hard to find new construction homes in this part of Mount Pleasant.
Bike to Sullivan's Island via the Ben Sawyer Bridge in Mt. Pleasant
Buying a home near the Ben Sawyer Bridge in Mount Pleasant will put you within biking distance of historic Sullivan's Island. Because this land has been bought at a premium in the past decade, most of the communities are small and offer only condos and townhouses. Marsh Harbor condos overlook the marsh and bridge leading to Sullivan's Island, giving the closest possible location. Simmons Pointe condos are the next option down Ben Sawyer Boulevard. The townhouses at Sawyer's Landing (shown right) were built around 2009 and offer drive-under garages (which give more of a house feel compared to condo living).
Old Mount Pleasant and Osceola Heights communities off Center Street offer occasional houses for sale in this older, more established section of Mt. Pleasant. We don't see very many listings come on the market here, though, and the homes that do come up for sale generally need some cosmetic work since they're largely brick ranches from the 1950s and 1970s.
To get a better scale of proximity, check out our feature that lets you search Mount Pleasant home listings by map!