Everything You Need to Know About Relocating to Charleston

According to experts, Charleston and its surrounding counties make up some of the best places to live in South Carolina. Its coastal location, rich history, and friendly community are just a few reasons people are relocating to Charleston! Our city is comprised of several towns that range from laid-back beach communities like James Island to upscale suburbs like Mount Pleasant. You also can’t forget about the charming, historic architecture of downtown Charleston! With so many options, it’s no surprise that people move to the Holy City at three times the average population rate in the U.S. Read on for three of our most helpful tips for moving to Charleston, SC!

Make sure you’re familiar with the area before you move. Our Destination Guide is a great place to start! This free resource is filled with local insight into all the best things to explore across Charleston County.  

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3 Tips for Relocating to Charleston

Consider the Cost of Living

It’s important to know the cost of living in an area you’re considering relocating to. On a scale with 100 being the average cost of living, Charleston ranks at 111.5. This means that the cost of living in Charleston is slightly above the national average. The biggest factor that makes the Charleston area more expensive to live in is housing. Charleston’s median home price is $316,500, compared to $170,000 in the rest of the state.

Most of the other costs, like groceries, health, utilities, and transportation, are comparable, though. The Holy City can be an affordable place to live, depending on how much you’re willing to spend on a home!

Choose Your Area

Charleston is comprised of several small to large towns across 157 square miles. Some of the most popular towns in the Charleston area include Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, James Island, Johns Island, West Ashley, North Charleston (technically Berkeley County), and Kiawah Island.

Each of these towns has its own unique lifestyle and things to do. From quiet, up-and-coming neighborhood for newlyweds to prim-and-proper suburbs for families, there’s something for anyone looking to move to Charleston, SC.

We recommend planning a vacation to the Lowcountry before you decide to move so you can get familiar with what each area has to offer. Get a feel for the neighborhoods’ vibes with these places for happy hour in Charleston, SC. You can chat with local patrons about what they love about living in their area! Be sure to book one of our vacation rentals instead of a hotel during your trip!

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A house for relocating to Charleston

When you’re ready to start relocating to Charleston, search our real estate! Dunes Properties boasts a diverse inventory of homes for sale across Charleston County. From condos along the Charleston Coast in Folly Beach to homes more inland in Johns Island, we have a home in the Charleston area for you. Our expert agents are also knowledgeable locals, so our team can answer any questions you may have about living in Charleston!

Browse a full inventory of our homes for sale in Charleston to begin your journey. We can’t wait to help you every step of the way!

Why You Need to Spend Thanksgiving in Charleston

Thanksgiving is the start of a wonderful holiday season on the Charleston Coast. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the coastal views are top-notch as always. Read on for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax for Thanksgiving in Charleston!

Of course, you’ll need to check out our free Vacation Guide to truly make the most of your holiday celebration in the Lowcountry. It’s full of additional information about our area as well as more ideas for activities and attractions to enjoy with your loved ones.

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Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston

The Weather

The No. 1 benefit of visiting Charleston for Thanksgiving is the weather. Average daily temperatures are typically around 67 degrees with plenty of sunshine. It’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of our pristine, scenic, family-friendly beaches without any distractions or crowds that summer attracts.

Fun fact: Thanksgiving Day in 2016 produced a high of 76 degrees with sunny skies. That sounds ideal for a holiday in November if you ask us or any of the travel-savvy snowbirds who visit Charleston to escape colder weather!

The Activities

The list of reasons to visit Charleston for Thanksgiving simply isn’t complete without mentioning the activities you can enjoy. One of our favorites is to head to the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. You can go for a stroll, hunt for seashells, build sandcastles with the kids, or read your favorite book during an afternoon on Folly BeachIsle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Food

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week! Part of what makes the Lowcountry lifestyle so special is how easy it is to enjoy good food with those you love. And, Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to embrace this tradition! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are typically open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a table!

Charleston Coast Vacations’ Beautiful Properties

A dining room table

Did you know that many of our Charleston vacation rentals feature fully equipped kitchens for cooking delicious Thanksgiving feasts? It’s true! All you need to do is pick up some tasty ingredients at one of the local grocery stores and whip up a mouthwatering meal in your home away from home. Then, you can gather around the dining room table with your family and enjoy quality time together as you all indulge.

Browse our list of properties today and book your favorite for Thanksgiving!