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Old 01-13-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: N.Charleston,SC
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,,,,,,good choice!
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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We just purchased a property in West Ashley. It is in a cookie cutter subdivision (at least this area of it) buuut....we had a very limited budget.

Of all the places we looked, West Ashley looked like South Carolina to us.

I currently live in the Chicagland area. All the places short of downtown, and the beach communities, look just like suburbs here in the midwest (yes, diehards, there are exceptions) until you get over to Johns Island and West Ashley.

We loved the island feel of Johns Island, and the feel of West Ashley is just what we were after. The higher your budget, the better it gets.

For us, it was only one choice, West Ashley.

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Old 01-13-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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This thread has been so helpful! We'll be there in April to scout homes & jobs, and I just can't wait!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:51 AM
 
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Default my dilema also

We will be moving to Charleston in the next few months and we also have that dilema. When last visiting, we looked at M.P. and loved that it had a Trader Joes, WholeFoods, and Sullivans beach on Sunday morning with all the dog owners was just what we love. BUT...Our budget for purchasing a house is challenging for MP (200ish) but WA and JI has much more to choose from.
We dont have kids in school so we dont care about schools but we love the beach, must have a natural foods grocery, and want to be close to downtown (within 10 min or so) A neighborhood with character. No cookie cutters.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Greater Charleston area
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I currently live in WA and you can have access to all the things you seek and stay within your budget. EarthFare is an organic, whole foods store in WA and Folly Beach is a short drive.

I truly love it here. I do have kids and plan to send them to school here at the local, public level.

My neighborhood is Forest Lakes (off Magwood and Glenn McConnell) and it has houses built in the 70's with sidewalks and lots of cul-de-sacs and a wonderful neighborhood feel. Lots of people walk their dogs, kids, and just with each other around here. I feel safe here.

As for the ? about the elementary school of the arts, a very close friend has a daughter that goes there and it does seem to be as great inside as outside. Her daughter loves school and takes dance at school and is getting a great education.

Hope this is a helpful response
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: N.Charleston,SC
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Here is a good place to start, then go south on Hwy 17 or Hwy 61.
There is a "Earth Fare" food store here in this shopping center.

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:58 AM
 
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Also it is much faster to go downtown coming from W ashley than from mount pleasant. The distance is shorter and most of the time there is less traffic.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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I am considering relocating to Charleston this summer from Baltimore, MD and I was wondering your take on the private schools in the area -- both in Mount Pleasant and in West Ashley?

Also, a lot of my searches have returned the better of the schools are in these 2 communities (for private schools). Is that true? Does James Island or N. Charleston offer any good alternatives?

Overall, what is your opinion for a young family moving to a new area, consider only these 2 areas or is James Island and N Charleston viable options as well?

Also, are public schools an option? If so, what area would you reccomend? In our area in Baltimore, only private schools are an option.

Thanks, in advance, for your advice!
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
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Private Schools can be found in all of the above locations. Religious based, or secular? If you're going public, the public schools in Mount Pleasant rank highest in comparison to the areas you've mentioned and they are certainly viable choices, some likely even on par with education levels of private schools. I moved down from Southern Maryland myself 8 years ago, haven't looked back. Be sure and make a trip down this Spring to see the place for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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It's fine where we are anyway. I've even screwed up and forgotten to close one of the garage doors overnight without any problems. Not that I recommend making that a habit or anything...
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