The city of Charleston is one of the most beautiful coastal cities to be seen. I may also be a bit biased. Nevertheless, Charleston real estate offers a variety of lifestyles with unbeatable shopping, world class dining, and top notch medical centers.
Let's start with the shopping. Downtown Charleston is a hot spot for stylish boutiques and one of a kind shops. begin your journey on Kings Street where you will find clothes, antiques, jewelery, and more. If high end is more your style, you will also find Saks Fifth Avenue, Nicole Miller, and Ben Silver. The Savannah Bee Company is always a fun spot to stop and sample different varieties of honey but don't forget to pick up a local favorite, King of Pops popsicle while you're there. Be sure to visit The Market which has always been a tourist favorite. Wander through a variety of native vendors and true artisans offering local and traditional sweetgrass baskets, handmade crafts, and so much more. If a mall is more your speed we have plenty. The Citadel Mall, Towne Center, and Northwoods Mall may satisfy your shopping urge or perhaps a visit to newly opened Tanger Outlet Center with more than 82 stores will do the trick. With shopping in North Charleston, West Ashley, Charleston, and Mount Pleasant, you are sure to find something you love.
Dining From five-star international restaurants to down-home southern Lowcountry cooking, Charleston cuisine will delight any taste. Chefs trained all over the world converge in Charleston to offer its guests fresh seafood caught in local waters, meats and seasonal produce that create an assortment of succulent dishes. Native traditional dishes found in many of Charleston’s restaurants are a combination of West African and European culture. Some of the more popular dishes are shrimp and grits and she-crab soup. Other favorites include okra gumbo, succulent oysters and fried green tomatoes. For a wider variety, choose from an array of Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, French and Indian restaurants. Adding to the exceptional restaurant selections are bakeries, ice cream and coffee shops, bistros, cafes, pubs, clubs, breweries and rooftop bars. Many of Charleston’s restaurants serve brunch and offer extensive wine selections. Guests are delighted not only by the choices in menus, but also in locations. The historic city provides many unique venues for your dining experience. You can dine in a five-star restaurant in a restored carriage house, an upscale steak house in a 150 year old building that once housed South Carolina’s Loan & Trust or a new eatery in a 1940s retired naval building with great waterfront views. You can also visit restaurants that offer opera, jazz, dancing and live performances. Medical Facilities: The Charleston Area is blessed with a medical community that provides the highest level of patient care. Local hospitals include Roper St. Francis Hospital, Charleston Memorial Hospital, Summerville Medical Center, Trident Medical Center, East Cooper Regional Medical Center, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. The heart of the city’s health care industry is in downtown Charleston where Roper Hospital, established in 1850 as the Carolina’s first hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina’s hospital and campus is based. MUSC has served the citizens of South Carolina since 1824. Beginning as a small private college for the training of physicians, MUSC has grown into a state university with a Medical Center and six colleges that educate more than 2200 health professionals, biomedical scientists and other health related personnel. MUSC is now comprised of three separate hospitals; the University Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Children’s Hospital. The Medical Center includes a Heart Center, Transplantation Center, Hollings Cancer Center and Digestive Diseases Center. In the past ten years, $200 million in capital improvements for the Medical Center has focused resources on improved quality of patient care and accessibility of services. The institution, which was recently named by US News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals has grown from one building in 1913 to a 40 acre medical complex with more than 80 buildings. Roper Hospital joined Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital to form Roper St. Francis Healthcare System, a 657 bed system that comprises more than 25 facilities in four counties. As part of Roper St. Francis, Roper Hospital is a 453 bed acute-care facility and regional referral center located in downtown Charleston. Some of their services include; the Roper Heart Center, Cardiac Rehab Services, Joint Replacement Center, Sleep-Wake Disorder Center and the only hyperbaric oxygen therapy unit in the Lowcountry.