While Daniel Island is technically a part of Charleston and at the closest just over 3,000 feet from the Charleston peninsula, it feels as if it’s much further. Largely undeveloped until the 1990s, the 4,000-acre island is wedged between the Cooper and Wando rivers about 14 miles by road from downtown Charleston. Once owned by Robert Daniel, colonial governor of the Carolinas, the island is now being developed as one of the most beautiful and exclusive suburbs to be found in Charleston real estate. Primarily used through the years for farming and as a private hunting retreat, the island was opened for development when Interstate 526 was built to join it.
Purchased by the Daniel Island Development Company in 1997, the island is being developed as one of the country’s top master-planned communities with its own schools, hundreds of acres of park and wildlife preserves and meticulously planned neighborhoods. The island also features mixed-use commercial areas with shops, restaurants, condominiums and corporate office space combined in unique and highly livable urban settings.
With nine distinct neighborhoods of homes, the island offers a variety of home sites, styles and price points including single-family detached homes, townhomes and condominiums that are located on the island’s golf courses, its marshes, creeks and rivers. Homes range from the low $300s to more than $6 million, while condos on Daniel Island range from the low $200s to $2 million plus. Home sites start in the $150s and range up to $1.9 million or more. The development has won a host of awards for its environmentally sensitive planning, including the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Award of Excellence.
A living wildlife habitat, the island is home to deer, otters, egrets, raccoons, herons, wood stork and a variety of other wildlife. Sport facilities built on the island include the Family Circle Tennis Center and Blackbaud Stadium, home to the professional Charleston Battery pro soccer franchise. The island’s private Daniel Island Club features golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones.