Johns Island Real Estate

Rural lifestyle close to Charleston

Johns Island, SC is located south of James Island and the Charleston Peninsula. Even though Johns Island is only 15-20 minutes from downtown Charleston, it is mostly undeveloped farmland and horse pastures. Plenty of new construction neighborhoods have sprung up over the past decade, offering buyers some of the most affordable houses you'll find in Charleston County.

Johns Island Real Estate Statistics

Total Listings: 45
Average Price: $1,217,586
Highest Listing Price: $5,995,000
Average Days On Website: 56
Average Price/SqFt: $437

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Johns Island Pros:

  • Some of Charleston's most affordable houses
  • Ideal for buyers wanting acreage/rural lifestyle
  • About 20 min. to Downtown and Folly Beach
  • Plenty of new homes and growth potential

Johns Island Cons:

  • Few options for shopping and restaurants
  • Below average public schools

Johns Island Homes for Sale

Price, High to Low
45 Properties Found.
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5150 Chisolm Road

MLS® #21008703

Ravens Bluff
Johns Island, SC
6 BR, 8 BA, 12000 SQ FT, 14 ACRES
Built in 1999

Introducing Black Pond, a magnificent Georgian-style estate on 14-acres designed to maximize the breathtaking vi…

3691 Humbert Road

MLS® #21006064

Johns Island, SC
1 BR, 1 BA, 1040 SQ FT, 95.8 ACRES
Built in 1960

Farm on Johns Island. Bring your horses!95+ Acres. 3 Ways to enter property. 752 ft of Main Rd Frontage. 774 …

4265 Wild Turkey Way

MLS® #21010673

Briars Creek
Johns Island, SC
3 BR, 4 BA, 3664 SQ FT, 4.09 ACRES
Built in 2011

An unparalleled opportunity to own the unique and special ''Secret Garden Cottage'' home located on 4.09 acres o…

3940 Chisolm Road

MLS® #21010159

Gift Plantation
Johns Island, SC
5 BR, 4 BA, 4325 SQ FT, 49.3 ACRES
Built in 1969

Located on picturesque Johns Island, just over 14 miles outside of downtown Charleston and a boat ride to the be…

785 Copperhead Trail

MLS® #21010681

Johns Island, SC
4 BR, 3 BA, 2232 SQ FT, 36.5 ACRES
Built in 2018

No HOA. 1300 Ft of Waterfront. I am excited to see what someone turns this into. Will it remain just one home …

4249 Wild Turkey Way

MLS® #20025496

Briars Creek
Johns Island, SC
5 BR, 6 BA, 5373 SQ FT, 2.83 ACRES
Built in 2009

Escape to this magnificent custom home designed by renowned architect Jim Thomas. The owners vision was inspired…

3189 Edenvale Road

MLS® #21001681

Johns Island, SC
4 BR, 3 BA, 3520 SQ FT, 35.47 ACRES
Built in 1968

Huge opportunity with this beautiful 35 acre parcel! This land can be lived on and enjoyed, subdivided, converte…

Photo of Listing #21013617

2194 River Road

MLS® #21013617

Johns Island, SC
2 BR, 2 BA, 2800 SQ FT, 21.85 ACRES
Built in 1999

Two Grand Live Oaks sweep across the driveway of the aptly named Twin Oaks Farm on Johns Island, SC and welcome …

1387 Headquarters Plantation Drive

MLS® #21012426

Headquarters Plantation
Johns Island, SC
5 BR, 5 BA, 5302 SQ FT, 1.03 ACRES
Built in 2004

Custom built Lowcountry home is located only minutes from Historic Downtown Charleston in gated Headquarters Isl…

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Johns Island is ideal for buyers wanting newer communities in the under $250K range, homes with large lots (half an acre or more) in generously proportioned subdivisions, as well as homes with no covenants and restrictions that would provide a rural lifestyle. Johns Island is one of the few areas in the county where buyers can find the kind of acreage suitable for raising horses or simply a home with no neighbors or other buildings in sight. The readily available land on Johns Island brings with it affordability to all home buyers, whether they're looking for a country farm or a waterfront home in a restricted subdivision.

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Top Neighborhoods on Johns Island, SC

summertrees homes for sale johns island

Summertrees is one of the most affordable communities on Johns Island. The majority of these houses were built from 2003 to 2008 and hold the EarthCraft designation (which means they’re very energy efficient). The only amenity at Summertrees is a kids’ playground, so this is a great neighborhood to consider if you’re wanting the lowest possible HOA fees and long-term maintenance costs.

The most sought-after homes in Summertrees are the ones that back up to woods or one of the community ponds, and this privacy tends to help with resale and overall value in the future. If you're looking for 1 story floor plans, this is also a good neighborhood to consider since you'll generally find a good selection.

the villages real estate johns island

The Villages in St. Johns Woods is popular among buyers for its charming home designs which range from classic Charleston singles to bungalows to craftsman styles. The main drawback to this neighborhood is the smaller than average lot sizes for Johns Island - most are between a fifth and a fourth of an acre. (Many buyers look to Johns Island to get the open space or large yard that they need.) However, the timeless look of these homes combined with upgrades like crown moldings and high ceilings - not to mention cement plank exteriors - make it worth consideration. For folks wanting a newer home priced under $500K with a yard that's easy to maintain, this neighborhood should certainly be on your list to check out. Amenities for The Villages in St. Johns Woods include a swimming pool, clubhouse, and kids' park.

johns island rushland plantation

Rushland Plantation offers some of the best-built homes on Johns Island. Since this community is surrounded by marshes, you'll find homes with expansive marsh and water views. Buyers are generally very impressed with the quality of construction, the roomy square footage, and the level of detail that goes into these houses. Rushland Plantation is known for its Low Country designs, many of which boast double front porches. This 500-acre neighborhood will only have 123 home sites to ensure the conservation of the abundant wildlife on this section of the island. Amenities for Rushland include three community docks, a swimming pool, and a clubhouse with a covered pavilion. Some of these homes also have private docks located on the Intracoastal Waterway (the Stono River). On average, houses in Rushland Plantation offer about 3,000 sq ft, 10-foot ceilings, .4 acre lots, and high-end appliances and finishes like granite and marble in the kitchens and baths.

johns island homes for sale

Headquarters Plantation has the closest proximity to downtown Charleston of any of the Johns Island neighborhoods. In fact, the turnoff for this community is directly off the Stono River Bridge (the connector between James and Johns Islands). The stoplight at this intersection allows for easy access to and from the Stono River Bridge.

Headquarters has one condo subsection, Stono Watch, but is otherwise made up of single-family houses. The homes overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway have some of the best deep water access on Johns Island (and most of these homes have private docks, often with boat lifts). Headquarters Plantation is one of the few gated communities on Johns Island and is an ideal neighborhood for buying in the $500K plus range.

johns island homes in gift plantation

Gift Plantation is located off Chisolm Road, on the far side of Johns Island. Its secluded location makes this one of the most spacious of Johns Island's communities. The lot sizes for these homes range from half an acre to one and a half acres - great for folks wanting enough room for a pool, a garage workshop, or simply their own open space.

Gift Plantation is ideal for the buyers who want the best of both worlds - enough acreage to give privacy but also the benefits of living in a well-maintained residential neighborhood. This community is a perfect example of the estate-sized properties that are difficult to find outside of Johns Island. Gift Plantation amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis, and dock facilities.

golf community johns island sc

Kiawah River Estates (formerly called Hope Plantation) is the only golf community on Johns Island. Its Oak Point Golf Course is owned by Kiawah Island Resort. Many of these homes overlook Kiawah, which is located just south (across the marsh). In addition to golf, amenities for this gated community include a swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, and dock. This is one of the furthest neighborhoods from downtown (about a 35-minute drive). Depending on your commute and your personal preference, this southwestern section of Johns Island may be too far out. However, those looking for a private community with full amenities often choose Kiawah River Estates. Also, Bohicket Marina, Freshfields Village, and the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center are just 5 minutes away.

Real Estate on Johns Island, SC

Located past James Island and some twenty minutes to the west of the boutique shopping and restaurants of downtown Charleston, lies the wooded outlying community of Johns Island. Bearing more in common with rural West Ashley than the increasingly developed James Island that connects it to the rest of Charleston County, Johns Island is a pleasant anomaly and a welcome sight to the home buyer whose interests are privacy, relaxation, and a close connection to the land.

Connected to the greater Charleston community through a series of scenic causeways and bridges, Johns Island is truly a land apart from other Charleston suburbs. Countless wooded lots and breathtaking marsh views give this predominantly rural area a closer feel to that of Berkeley or Dorchester Counties, but with the benefit of being a short drive to the heart of downtown.

For nature lovers and history buffs alike, there is much to see and do on Johns Island. The towering Angel Oak, a 1500-year-old southern live oak, is located in Angel Oak Park and is thought to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi. Each year during Charleston's annual Spoleto Festival, there is a series of events "An Evening Under the Angel Oak" featuring dancing, music, and other cultural activities. Also located nearby is the popular James Island County Park, with its climbing wall, numerous nature trails, dog park, splash zone, and sprawling campgrounds.

The charm of Johns Island lies in its largely unspoiled character and close proximity to the more developed areas of downtown, West Ashley, and James Island. Although dense residential communities are beginning to spring up on Johns Island, there are numerous modestly priced land/home packages to be found. For those looking to stretch their home buying dollar (as well as possibly trying their hand at farming), freestanding homes in this area are often comparable in price to townhouses and condominiums in other Charleston districts.

Investors interested in larger possibilities would also do well to consider the advantages of Johns Island. With its acres of undeveloped real estate and numerous waterways, Johns Island is an excellent location for real estate development. There is also a lively ongoing debate concerning the future of Johns Island: whether a proposed annex of Interstate 526 will be added to the island (dramatically increasing growth), or whether it will retain the breezy charm and sustainability that have been its history for the past hundred years.

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