The word “charming” is easily overused to describe homes, neighborhoods, and cities. Yet, when you visit Charleston, it feels like the word was invented solely to describe the quaint cobblestoned streets, enchanting architecture, and friendly atmosphere.
There are countless reasons why Charleston in all its charm is an enticing destination city for international tourists, history buffs, foodies, and coastal adventurers. Not only has it been rated one of the top 15 best cities in the United States, it’s even been listed as one of the top 15 cities in the world. It’s a consistently top-rated place to live, and we’d like to share why it is an especially ideal location for first-time home buyers.
Location is the best place to start.
The process of buying your first home is an overwhelming and exciting decision with a wide-range of factors to consider…and then re-consider on repeat. Making a decision about location can help you narrow down the overwhelming options, and it can be the most enjoyable part of the first-time home buyers search. Going along with Charleston’s abundance of accolades, it’s also made a top 20 best cities for first-time home buyers list. Charleston is an ideal location to buy a home and here’s why.
You can live like you’re on vacation.
Beaches are often the perk of vacationing, but every once in a while on a family trip you look around and realize…people actually live here. This could be a day-to-day, weekend-to-weekend reality, instead of a stressful exhausting road trip destination.
Folly Beach is a family friendly, fun, and funky spot that is popular with surfers, fisherman, and laid-back beach-goers alike. Find more surfing, live music, and beach volleyball at the upscale and popular Isle of Palms. Or you can get away from the city at Kiawah Island and Seabrook for pristine private beaches and peaceful seclusion. There’s even Sullivan’s Island, with the historic Revolutionary War fort and an iconic lighthouse.
Charleston has a vibrant local culture.
Not only is Charleston referred to as the cultural capital of South Carolina, it is one of the most beloved cities in the entire south.
No matter your age and interest, the historic preservation of Charleston offers something fascinating for everyone from kids to retirees. Explore the museums, historic sites, plantation tours, historic houses, history tours via a horse-drawn carriage.
Seafood has never been better and southern food goes beyond cornbread and hush puppies. Brunch is a big deal.
The art scene
It’s outdoor living at it’s best
Not only are there beaches to explore, there are the activities that follow – boating, kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, fishing and every water activity you can imagine. It’s not all about the water, since the area is also home to some of the nicest golf courses and tennis facilities in the southeast. With mild winters and summers that aren’t too unbearable with the ocean breeze, you can stay active and adventurous all year-round.
It’s friendly to young professionals, families, retirees.
Charleston goes beyond southern hospitality. People aren’t just polite, they smile at strangers on the street and strike up conversations. The city and surrounding areas are also friendly to the recent grads and young professionals who , young couples and families from all over the country who move in.
Buyers will find family-friendly neighborhoods, historic homes with city walkability, family-friendly , neighborhoods to meet their families’ needs. Also, Charleston has some of the best public and private schools in South Carolina.
All sorts of opportunity abounds
Home buyers will find lovely varied neighborhoods that each have something different to offer. Overall, Charleston boasts a steady growing economy, job opportunities, low tax burden, and impressive public and private schools. Given all that Charleston has to offer, it is surprisingly affordable with the cost of living and real estate coming in under than the national average. True Homes is proud to offer new homes in Charleston and even a lifestyle community, North Creek at Nexton, just 40 minutes from town.