Many home buyers ask us to recommend homes and neighborhoods that will keep them within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. West Ashley can be a great fit for these home buyers because – if you know where to look – it offers a convenient lifestyle for those wanting walkability. A few of these convenient neighborhoods in West Ashley are located near the revitalized Avondale district, the Coburg shopping center, and the South Windermere shopping center.
West Ashley’s Avondale commercial section has recently been renovated into a trendy district that has even started an Avondale Restaurant Week. Five area restaurants came together to put on this event that took place in February. Restaurant Week was organized by the Triangle Char and Bar General Manager Michael Lotz. He spoke with the owners of Al Di La, The Roost, Mellow Mushroom, and Pearlz Oyster Bar to provide “3 for $20” menus at each of the participating restaurants. Other area restaurants include Voodoo, Avondale Wine and Cheese, and Alchemy Coffee. The Avondale shops are known for their many vintage stores and gift shops, such as Poe Studio, a new antique shop called 17 South, and the Children's Cancer Society Thrift Store.
You’ll know you’re at the Coburg shopping center when you reach what locals affectionately call “the Coburg Cow.” Inside the shopping center are a few large retail stores along with some independent retailers and restaurants. East Bay Deli, Jason’s Deli, Hubbee Dee’s, Your Pie, Harris Teeter, Stein Mart, Petco, and Massage Envy are just a few.
West Ashley’s South Windermere shopping center provides many of your shopping and dining needs. Some of the more popular stores are EarthFare (an organic/healthy living grocery store), Staples, Half Moon Outfitters, and Phillips Shoes. Med Deli, Osaka, Starbucks, Three Little Birds, and TCBY are favorite stops for a meal or a special treat. Holy Cow Yoga and the West Ashley branch of the Charleston public library system are also conveniently located here.
These neighborhoods in West Ashley are within walking distance to the Avondale shops and the Coburg shops: Byrnes Down, Moreland, Avondale, and West Oak Forest. The closest neighborhoods to the South Windermere shopping center are The Crescent, Byrnes Down, and South Windermere. (You can search West Ashley houses by neighborhood on our website.) These homes are mostly older single family brick or wood siding homes that were built from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Pricing ranges from just over $150K to over $600K. These subdivisions are also extremely close to downtown Charleston (only a 5 minute car ride). If being able to walk or ride your bicycle to local shops, restaurants, or bars is appealing to your lifestyle, then you may want to consider buying a home in the West Ashley real estate market.