One of Charleston’s largest and fastest-growing suburbs, Mount Pleasant is a diverse community located east of the Cooper River. Originally founded as a fishing village, the town has developed into a bustling, modern area while retaining a sense of small-town charm. The historic Old Village, situated on the Charleston Harbor, features colonial and antebellum homes as well as a compact main street area with an old-fashioned drug store, bakery, and restaurant. I’On is a fairly new neighborhood modeled after the stately homes South of Broad downtown, while new communities continue to crop up in the growing area on Highway 17 North.
While Mount Pleasant continues to welcome a growing number of residents, there is still extensive outdoor space for nature lovers. Palmetto Islands County Park features acres of marsh-side forest, a water park, and a dog park. Cyclists and strollers scale the Ravenel Bridge that spans across the Cooper River, or walk along the pier and visit the playground at the new Waterfront Park located beneath the bridge. The U.S.S. Yorktown is a popular tourist attraction, as is Boone Hall Plantation. In addition to offering a glimpse into the region’s history, the plantation is the site of popular events like Taste of Charleston and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, as well as annual Halloween attractions such as haunted hay rides and corn mazes.
Shoppers enjoy the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, an outdoor mall filled with local shops and national chains, restaurants, and a movie theater. Local restaurants like Tavern and Table, Graze, or the Old Village Post House draw diners from across the area.
Mt. Pleasant is only a short drive over the Arthur B. Ravenel Bridge. Once a quiet bedroom community, Mt. Pleasant is now home to more than 75,000 people. Its close proximity to downtown, the beaches, recreation, shopping, and
restaurants have made the area extremely popular. Mt. Pleasant offers something for everyone: boating communities, golf communities, areas that are reasonably priced, and some that are exclusive. The neighborhood of Raven’s Run even has its own grass airstrip.
Some of Mt. Pleasant’s neighborhoods that are more exclusive include I’On, Olde Park, and the Old Village. Houses in the Old Village date back to the 1800s and look like residences found in a small New England town. Neighborhoods farther out Highway 17, such as Park West, offer a wide range of housing options, from condominiums, to moderately priced homes, to waterfront homes priced up to $5 million. The median home price in Mt. Pleasant is $485,000.
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