Just to the east of Charleston on South Carolina’s central coast lies the suburban town of Mount Pleasant. It’s
bordered to the north by the Wando River, and to the west and southwest by the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor. To the south lies Sullivan’s Island and to the east, across Copahee Sound, is Dewees Island, while other barrier islands like the Isle of Palms can be found to the southeast.
Originally inhabited by the Sewee Indians, the area was known as North Point or Old Woman’s Point on early maps. As settlers moved in and the population grew, Mount Pleasant was occupied seasonally by Charleston residents who were wealthy enough to afford summer homes across the river from the Charleston peninsula.
Through the years, Mount Pleasant continued to evolve, and experienced a period of growth and major urban development during the 1990s, making it one of the state’s fastest-growing areas for several years. Today, Mount Pleasant is regarded as an affluent, professional and urban coastal community on the rise.
A wide range of Mount Pleasant homes include single-family detached residences, townhouses, condominiums, golf course homes, and waterfront properties that come with private docks.
Lovely antebellum homes with gardens on tree-lined streets can mostly be found in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village District.There’s also an abundance of planned neighborhoods extending throughout the area, providing breathtaking views of the fairways, marsh front, salt creek, estuary, or the Intracoastal Waterway.
Some of the many neighborhoods in Mount Pleasant include:
- Belle Hall
- Brickyard Plantation
- Carol Oaks
- Cooper Estates
- Fulton Neighborhood
- Hobcaw Point
- Park West
- Riverside at Carolina Park
- The Groves
- Wexford Park
Thinking of having your home custom built? There’s still a number of available land and lots suitable for new construction.
Areas of interest
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a major accessway to Mount Pleasant from downtown Charleston, and is considered a landmark in itself due to its cable-stayed suspension design and two diamond-shaped towers.
Built in 2001 and completed in 2005, the bridge is part of U.S. Route 17, and exits Mount Pleasant to the west, crossing the Cooper River to Drum Island before heading to Charleston. The bridge’s main span of 1,546 feet is considered the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. Eight lanes run along its length, as well as a shared bicycle and pedestrian path called Wonders’ Way.
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy teeing off at Mount Pleasant’s renowned golf courses. These include:
- the 18-hole course designed by Rees Jones at the Charleston National Country Club
- the 18-hole Arthur Hills-designed course at the Dunes West Golf & River Club
- the 18 holes with magnificent views of Charleston Harbor at Patriots Point Links designed by William Byrd
- and the challenging 18 holes of the acclaimed Arnold Palmer-designed course at the RiverTowne Country Club
Mount Pleasant is also becoming a shopper’s paradise, with several prominent commercial and retail centers located near major thoroughfares.
There’s the Mount Pleasant Towne Center along Highway 17, an outdoor mall with tree-lined sidewalks and over 60 stores and restaurants featuring well-known brands and franchises like Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Gap, LOFT, Old Navy, and more.
Also along Highway 17 towards the northeast is The Market at Oakland, which follows the outdoor mall design and is anchored by Kohl’s and Walmart. The Bell Hall Shopping Center near Interstate 526 is another outdoor mall with shops and eateries that include anchor stores Stein Mart, Harris Teeter, and PetSmart.