Our door balcony over looking the water There’s a distinctive neighborhood here in Charleston. One where neighbors know each other, bring over casseroles if you have a new baby, clean up the yards of their elderly neighbors, and always wave or stop on the sidewalks to say “hello. ” It’s a sense of community that’s hard to find these days, one that’s quite different than living downtown or any other area in Charleston. This tight knit community is only found in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant SC. 

The Old Village is one of the few historic neighborhoods in the United States, and many consider it an honor to be living in one of the 77 remaining historic homes here, tucked alongside the Charleston Harbor. The neighborhood is protected by the Architectural Review Board (ARB) which, as of late, has become much stricter on the projects they allow to pass. A result of the dedication of the residents to honor the original, historic, architectural vernacular that exists. Homes undergoing renovations or new construction must be harmonious with the existing historic structures. People moving to this neighborhood generally appreciate the homes and cottages here – they don’t necessarily want the mansions maximizing square footage that you find in Daniel Island or I’On. This neighborhood is nostalgic and centers around traditional architecture and charm.

The Old Village neighborhood the type of community where you personally know the shop owners along Pitt Street because you frequently stroll down there on the weekends. It’s not unusual to be on a first name basis with the ladies that work in the shops, who end up knowing what you like to order, the names of your children, and sneak in an extra cookie every now and then.

Not only does this lifestyle offer up the small town feel of Pitt Street, but living in the Old Village you’re very close to Shem Creek and the local restaurants that surround it. Since you’re right around the corner, you don’t even have to worry about parking – you’ll just need enough room for your golf cart or your bike. Take a stroll to Tavern and Table where you can leisurely sit outside by the water on a beautiful sun-filled afternoon. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, The Shelter is right across the street with corn hole, carafes of mimosas, and all-day Sunday brunch.

The playground at Allahambra Hall is a favorite for the kiddos – with a dog park right across the street. Even though it’s within walking distance, you’ll find many taking their golf carts to these beautiful parks. Pack a picnic and meander to Pitt Street Bridge where you’ll find some of the most breathtaking sunsets the lowcountry has to offer. 

One of the biggest perks of living in the Old Village neighborhood is the proximity to both downtown Charleston and the sandy beaches of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms – all are only a 10-minute drive away. You also have the convenience of multiple grocery stores, shops, and restaurants within a 5-minute radius. Although you are close to the hustle and bustle of everything, the neighborhood still feels quiet and quaint, insulated from the rapid growth all around.

Note: This nostalgic type of living is one you can truly only find in the Old Village of Mt Pleasant SC. Get to know your neighbors, shop keepers, and feel a sense of belonging in this charming and historic neighborhood. 

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