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James Island has one of the strongest housing markets in tri-county Charleston because it sees a steady demand from home buyers each year. For people who want to live close to Downtown Charleston and the beach, James Island gives the closest proximity.

Closest Suburb to Downtown Charleston

Located just across the harbor from Downtown, James Island as a whole is the closest you'll find to all the shopping, sites, and restaurants on the peninsula. Its location makes it ideal for commuting to MUSC, CofC, and the Citadel.

Everything You Need is on the Island

James Island has to offer things that will find all of your daily needs without ever having to leave the island: grocery stores, Walmart, lots of independently owned shops and restaurants, a movie theater, and some large chain restaurants like Chick-fil-A and Zaxby's. If you want to venture Downtown for more entertainment options, it's only a 5-15 minute drive depending on where you live. West Ashley's mall, Movie Theater, and Target are about 10-15 minutes away.

Living Near the Beach is Priceless

James Island is positioned between Downtown Charleston and Folly Beach, so it offers the best of both worlds. Most homes on James Island are a 5 to 10-minute drive from the beach. Some neighborhoods like the ocean and seaside plantation are within biking distance.

Good Public Schools

The high school on James Island was the first charter high school in South Carolina and is currently the largest in the Southeast. Of all the public, non-magnet high schools in Charleston County, James Island, and Wando rank the highest (non-magnet means that you don't have to apply for them). In other words, all James Island residents are zoned for its charter high automatically. The 2 middle schools on James Island also perform well and know that a renovated building is currently in the works that will house these combined schools. Of the 4 elementary schools, many buyers tend to avoid Murray-LaSaine because it usually ranks the lowest.