Many buyers in the Charleston SC area look at James Island because they love the beach. With both easy access to Folly Island and Downtown Charleston, these sell well because they are nestled between these two popular areas.

As the name suggests, it is is an island, and for this reason the relatively small town does not offer too many new homes to choose from. While there have been some small areas that have been infilled with new construction, for the most buyers choose from older properties, and enjoy the features that most established neighborhoods offer like large lots and mature plantings.

At one time the area was not quite as convenient and not quite as popular because there was only one bridge leading to the island. The original access was only a drawbridge over the Intracoastal Waterway that weaves its way up and down the East Coast.

In 1996 the James Island connector was built. This 2.7 mile interstate highway cost 128 million to build and helped make James Island more attractive for aspiring homeowners. The direct route from Downtown Charleston opened up the market to buyers needing to be in the city quickly. Medical University students and their families began to look to the area as an investment while attending MUSC.

Again, the majority are older and the ranches that were built in the early to late 1960’s start in the $200,000 price range and can move up from there based on the lot, as James Island waterfront ranch style homes can be as expensive as $800,000 (and sometimes higher) depending on the neighborhood and views.

While the bulk of the development occurred in the late 60’s and early 1970’s, there were of course many homes built well into the 80’s and 90’s and as mentioned above, small pockets of land open up over time and a few new construction homes are built as lots become available to the market.

There are many available for sale in and around the water also. Due to the fact that it is an island and there are several creeks that weave their way in and around the perimeter, this area surprisingly offers more waterfront opportunities than the neighboring (and much larger) West Ashley section of town.

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17 Photos 1025 Riverland Woods Place Charleston, SC 29412

1025 Riverland Woods Place
Charleston, SC 29412
The Retreat at Riverland
Residential

MLS# 21001921 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1058 Sqft

 

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$255,000
Provided courtesy of Kit Thrash Properties LLC
85 Photos 110 Waterfront Plantation Drive Charleston, SC 29412

110 Waterfront Plantation Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
Waterfront Plantation
Residential

MLS# 21001646 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3103 Sqft

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY HIDDEN TREASURE - Immaculate designer renovated 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bath townhouse in the highly sought after Waterfront Plantati... 

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$1,400,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
15 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #3208 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #3208
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 21001598 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1394 Sqft

GARAGE INCLUDED. One of the Best priced 3br condo on James Island. New A/C and STAINLESS STOVE TOP., NICE CLEAN UNIT WITH GAS FIREPLACE, LARGE WALK... 

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$199,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
26 Photos 2134 Telfair Way Charleston, SC 29412

2134 Telfair Way
Charleston, SC 29412
Mira Vista
Residential

MLS# 21001526 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 718 Sqft

Come see this renovated condo! Granite countertops, upgraded base boards and trim, freshly painted interior walls. Located in the exclusive gated c... 

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$165,000
Provided courtesy of RE/MAX Pro Realty
18 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #12203 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #12203
Charleston, SC 29412
Peninsula
Residential

MLS# 21001452 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 765 Sqft

Flamingo Floor Plan with Fireplace has Updated Laminate Floors, Fresh Paint, and New Carpet in Master Bedroom. Ideal Location that is less than 5 M... 

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$129,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
14 Photos 1755 Central Park Road UNIT #7114 Charleston, SC 29412

1755 Central Park Road UNIT #7114
Charleston, SC 29412
Regatta On James Island
Residential

MLS# 21001253 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 709 Sqft

Resort style living on James Island, located in the desirable gated community of the Regatta! Just minutes from downtown Charleston, MUSC, College ... 

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$162,500
Provided courtesy of NV Realty Group
58 Photos 670 Harbor Creek Place Charleston, SC 29412

670 Harbor Creek Place
Charleston, SC 29412
Harbor Creek
Residential

MLS# 21001232 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1814 Sqft

Perfect location overlooking the marsh with fabulous updates and upgrades! Easy living in Harbor Creek, just minutes to downtown Charleston! You wi... 

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$450,000
Provided courtesy of Elaine Brabham and Associates
34 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #10108 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #10108
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 21000935 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1068 Sqft

***GATED UPGRADED CONDO IN THE PENINSULA ON JAMES ISLAND*** Own for less than you can rent! This unit is easy to access and boasts an open concept ... 

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$169,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
29 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #2306 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #2306
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 21000895 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 691 Sqft

This charming third floor condo is a perfect fit for the professional who wants to be mere minutes from downtown Charleston, yet a short drive for ... 

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$129,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
15 Photos 1755 Central Park Road UNIT #3101 Charleston, SC 29412

1755 Central Park Road UNIT #3101
Charleston, SC 29412
Regatta On James Island
Residential

MLS# 21000490 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 709 Sqft

Resort style living on James Island, located in the desirable gated community of the Regatta! Just minutes from downtown Charleston, MUSC, College... 

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$159,000
Provided courtesy of NV Realty Group
34 Photos 2234 Telfair Way Charleston, SC 29412

2234 Telfair Way
Charleston, SC 29412
Mira Vista
Residential

MLS# 21000346 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1120 Sqft

Live just 3.5 miles to Historic Charleston! This top-floor corner condo offers an open floor plan with easy elevator access, high ceilings, and to... 

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$230,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
14 Photos 1420 Dove Run Drive UNIT A Charleston, SC 29412

1420 Dove Run Drive UNIT A
Charleston, SC 29412
Dove Run
Residential

MLS# 21000172 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 992 Sqft

Totally renovated 2 bed 2 bath townhouse with marsh views located in ideal James Island location! A top to bottom renovation was recently completed... 

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$160,000
Provided courtesy of ChuckTown Homes, LLC
46 Photos 150 Wappoo Creek Drive UNIT #11 Charleston, SC 29412

150 Wappoo Creek Drive UNIT #11
Charleston, SC 29412
The Riverside
Residential

MLS# 20033443 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2118 Sqft

Prime location overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Gorgeous views of the water and the Wappoo Cut from two levels, both with expansive rear porc... 

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$715,000
Reduced -$10,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
15 Photos 1755 Central Park Road UNIT #2208 Charleston, SC 29412

1755 Central Park Road UNIT #2208
Charleston, SC 29412
Regatta On James Island
Residential

MLS# 20032923 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 709 Sqft

Location, location, location! Minutes to Downtown Charleston and a quick ride to Folly Beach!This is a second floor, 1 bedroom/1 bath unit and has... 

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$159,900
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
39 Photos 1025 Riverland Woods Place UNIT #305 Charleston, SC 29412

1025 Riverland Woods Place UNIT #305
Charleston, SC 29412
The Retreat at Riverland
Residential

MLS# 20031104 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1440 Sqft

Located in a gated community on James Island. Close to downtown town and Folly beach. This condo is on the ground floor, no stairs or elevator. Lot... 

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$279,900
Provided courtesy of RE/MAX Pro Realty
33 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8105 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8105
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 20027559 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1251 Sqft

Great location, minutes to downtown Charleston and Folly Beach. Walk to Lowe's, Harris Teeter, etc. This first floor two bedroom and two bathroom c... 

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$199,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
56 Photos 29 Wappoo Creek Place Charleston, SC 29412

29 Wappoo Creek Place
Charleston, SC 29412
Wappoo Creek Place
Residential

MLS# 20027348 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1982 Sqft

Gorgeous waterfront townhouse in Wappoo Creek Place with ownership of a much sought after 35 ft boat slip only steps away on Intracoastal waterway.... 

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$779,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
34 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #11204 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #11204
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 20023912 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 691 Sqft

Great location on James Island, only 5 minutes to Downtown Charleston and 10 minutes to Folly Beach. Marsh view 2nd floor condo with 1 bed, 1 bath.... 

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$122,900
Reduced -$2,100
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
26 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8303 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8303
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 20020029 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1170 Sqft

Great opportunity for this recently updated 2BR/2BA top floor unit in The Peninsula. This gated community features top level amenities with neighb... 

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$169,000
Provided courtesy of Beach Residential
25 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8201 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8201
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 20013006 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1394 Sqft

Just minutes from Downtown Charleston, this 3 bedroom and 2 full bath Condo is close to Folly Beach, Hospitals (MUSC, Roper, Children's Hospital, e... 

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$199,900
Provided courtesy of Lifestyle Real Estate
13 Photos 700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8108 Charleston, SC 29412

700 Daniel Ellis Drive UNIT #8108
Charleston, SC 29412
The Peninsula Condominiums
Residential

MLS# 20011162 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1394 Sqft

Gorgeous marsh views and natural light fill this large 3 bedroom, 2 bath condominium. Tile floors in main living areas, stone fireplace, stainless ... 

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$159,900
Reduced -$15,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
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