Growing up in Charleston, Johns Island was a very rural farming island. My only real exposure to the area was when we were traveling across the island to get to the Rockville Regatta. I spent most of my time downtown, in Mount Pleasant and on Sullivan's Island. I lived away from Charleston for about 20 years and moved back ten years ago. I was amazed at how much the entire area had grown. I rented an apartment in Mount Pleasant so I could be close to the Town Center, Shem Creek and Sullivan's Island.
My search to purchase a home in Mount Pleasant came up short on properties I was interested in purchasing. A friend of mine who was living on Johns Island suggested I look there. I dismissed the idea based on my pre-determined perception of the Island based on my childhood memories.
A short time later, friends came to visit. I played the tour guide and showed them the usual downtown landmarks, beaches, plantations and the ultimate culinary scene. On one of our day tours we visited the Angel Oak on Johns Island and The Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. After having dinner at The Wild Olive I began to warm up to the idea of living in the area.
It took little time to find a new home at a very reasonable price. That was one of the best purchases of my life. The Island is experiencing a massive growth spurt in new houses and apartment complexes. The home prices in many of the subdivisions begin in the mid-$200's. That's very good considering the real estate market is on fire. There are also many existing homes in the low to mid-$200's. These new subdivisions also have homes in the higher end price range.
Yes, there is traffic. Is there anywhere in the tri-county where there isn't traffic?