James Island is only five minutes from downtown Charleston and just across the city’s harbor. The island is a diverse community landscape. This mostly-residential expanse of tidal creeks and waterfront vistas offers a wide variety of neighborhoods and home sites. James Island‘s proximity to Charleston was most notoriously documented in the award winning movie, “Glory”. The Civil War began on the north side of James Island on the morning of April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces at Fort Johnson fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter. Most of the fighting in the Charleston area during the rest of the Civil War also occurred on James Island and Morris Island, as Union troops tried to invade Charleston from the south, from their base on Folly Beach.
James Island remained predominantly rural until the 1960s. It has since become a residential community, and much of its beauty and quality of life is appealing as other areas close to Charleston become developed. One of James Island's oldest neighborhoods, Riverland Terrace, was developed in the 1940s, along Wappoo Creek and the inland intracoastal waterway. This James Island neighborhood boasts a public boat landing, Charleston’s Municipal Golf Course, a playground, restaurants, indie-movie house “The Terrace” and numerous antique shops.
As a whole, James Island is home to many shops, businesses and restaurants that make it not only a great place to work, but a great place to live as well. Over 35,000 people are residents of James Island. James Island High school is South Carolina’s largest Charter High School with over 1500 students. It is served by Charleston County school district 3.
“Jim Isle” is a large sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor to the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach to the east, and the Stono River and John's Island to the West. The main arterial road, Folly Road, provides access to Folly beach and thousands of sunbathers, surfers, and fisherman over the course of the year. The James Island County Park is host year round to a popular dog park, and many local festivals, including the annual Cajun Fest in the spring, and the Festival of Lights, held November through January.
James Island Real Estate
In 2016, over 950 homes sold on James Island, ranging in price from $3,825,000 for a deepwater home to $54,000 for a one bedroom, one bath condo. Twelve homes sold over $1,000,000. The median price was $250,000
Information provided by Behren Kitrell, Broker In Charge, Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate