A vibrant and diverse community on the harbor across from Charleston, Mount Pleasant offers the best of what’s old and new along the South Carolina coast. The state’s fourth largest city with 68,000 residents, the town sits at the opposite end of Charleston’s impressive Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that crosses the Cooper and Wando Rivers and extends north along U.S. Highway 17.
First settled in 1680 by European settlers under the leadership of Captain Florence O’Sullivan, this community is at the same time both a bastion of Old World Southern charm and an ultramodern upstart, a unique blend that landed it as one of Money Magazine’s top 100 places to live.
Rich in history, the town’s economy at different times has been driven by the production of naval stores, ship-building and cotton, as well as rice and indigo production. It was also a place where wealthy Charlestonians maintained second homes to escape the city’s stifling summer heat. With a role in the Revolutionary War impossible to encapsulate in a few sentences, the town played a large role in the Civil War as well. Its residents passed the state’s first secession resolution on September 24, 1860. Later the waters off Mount Pleasant served as the training ground for the H.L. Hunley, the Confederate submarine that became the first to sink a ship in battle.
Now one of metropolitan Charleston real estate’s most desirable communities, the town offers homes of virtually every type and setting, including historic homes, waterfront homes, and sites on Charleston Harbor. There are also homes along the Wando River and Intracoastal Waterway, and deep-water homes on tidal creeks. Communities are available in older established neighborhoods as well as new planned developments catering to diverse lifestyles. For golfers, the area offers some outstanding courses with one of the best selections of golf course homes to be found in South Carolina.
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